Outstanding Macro Function Reference

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 1, 2020)


When creating workbooks, it can sometimes be intimidating to keep all the available worksheet functions straight. And for some functions, it can be downright impossible to put your finger on how to use the various parameters available. (Exactly how, again, am I supposed to put together the CHITEST function?)

Excel itself provides a modicum of help, visible as you start to type a function in a formula or through the use of the Insert Function tool. When you want more detailed information, though, you may be at a loss as to where to turn.

Here's a great resource you can download and use for free: the Excel Function Bible. Developed by Norman Harker and Ron de Bruin; the work is massive. It comes (appropriately enough) as an Excel workbook and an associated set of example workbooks.

You can find more information about this free resource here:


Note that it has been several years since the Excel Function Bible has been updated, so it doesn't include some of the functions released in newer versions of Excel. Even so, it contains a wealth of information that can be very helpful as you are trying to figure out how to use most of the functions available in Excel.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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This is a free download for "old" Macro functions:
Excel 4.0 Macro Functions Reference
e vba- Excel 4.0 Macro Functions Reference.pdf (downloaded)
A comprehensive list of MS Excel 4.0 Macro Functions
2017 12 18
Before VBA there were XLM macros. VBA was introduced in Excel version 5, so these Excel macros are also known as Excel 4 macros.
Even though these XLM macros are quite old they still work in Excel 2016. To use them you call them like a regular function e.g. =GET.CELL(64,A1) but entering this into a cell will give you an error.
What you need to do is combine them with defined names and then you can do some cool stuff.
You can do things that might normally require writing VBA, so if you don't fancy doing any coding check these out. Listing files in a folder, highlighting cells containing formulas, or getting the background color (ColorIndex) of a cell. Once you know a cell's background color, you could then do math with cells of the same color like sum, average etc.

Here are some more Excel Function references, not limited to macro functions:

Excel Functions (alphabetical) 365 / 2019-2007.
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Excel-functions-alphabetical-b3944572-255d-4efb-bb96-c6d90033e188 .
EXCEL FUNCTIONS (BY CATEGORY) – 365 / 2019 – 2007
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/excel-functions-by-category-5f91f4e9-7b42-46d2-9bd1-63f26a86c0eb .
Function Guide – Lookup ExcelJet
Excel functions by category. Optional arguments in white. Click any function for a detailed description with formula examples.
https://www.myonlinetraininghub.com/excel-functions .
Here you'll find an index of common Excel Functions written in layman's terms and in a language we all understand. No computer speak, just plain English and practical examples of Excel functions used in formulas.
Excel Functions Translator (Language) (Translate)
It’s often difficult enough to figure out the correct Excel functions to use, but it’s significantly harder if you also need to translate the function into the language of your localized version of Excel.
Introducing the Excel Functions Translator. It’s a free add-in available for Excel Online, Excel 2013, Excel 2016 for Desktop, Office 365, Excel 2016 for Mac and iPad.
It translates some 800 functions into Excel’s 80 localised languages. The add in is currently available in 15 languages; English, Danish, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Portuguese Brazilian, Russian, Swedish, Turkish, Chinese Traditional and Chinese Complex Script.

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