AET Excel Utilities

Hi there. For the last few months I’ve been working on my main add-in, AET Excel Utilities.

So far I’m in the process of setting up some partners, had a translation offer, and downloads are happening as I write this. Thanks very much to everybody for your help. Don’t be shy if you are interested!

I first started working on it in 2005, as a hobby, and a way to learn VBA. Over time it’s grown from having a handful of very simple tools, to what it is now – well over a hundred utilities (more like over two hundred), and some of them quite complex, even if I do say so myself. Useful? I like to think so. Not a day goes by that I don’t use it, and I can honestly say it saves me lots of time.

But there’s a problem. Even though I like these utilities, I’m not very good at selling myself, letting alone anything I’ve made. And in the world of Excel, most folk have either never heard of me or think I’ve retired if they have. That’s been fine until now, with me plugging away in a corner, tinkering away, but it’s always bothered me that my tools could be so much more.

So, I’d ask all of you for some help. I’m making the tools shareware. And I’m looking for people to help sell them. Do you have a site? If so, are you willing to become a partner or an affiliate? Like I say, I’m not great at sales so any assistance would be appreciated. Translations? Great! Let’s talk about a percentage. I guess the main thing is making people aware of them. Apart from making a bit of pocket money, serious interest will give me incentive to improve them and maybe even try to give my site a bit of an overhaul. (Please contact me using aengwirda [at] if you are interested).

Here’s a few screenshots to whet your interest. (Well maybe more than a few…). Look to the left, the AET UTILITIES tab shares both my main utilities and free add-ins (which you can download here).

Worksheet Tools

Rows And Columns

Formula Tools

Deletion Tools

Object Tools

Export Tools

Text Tools

Number Tools

Time And Date

Chart Tools

Path And Folder

Workbook Tools

Developer Tools

Fun And Games

Other Utilities

Cell Menu

Row Menu

Column Menu

Sheet Menu

Here’s the download page link. On the same webpage, you can also download a copy of the Help files for more details on the individual tools, plus the password to see how the code works.

In addition to adding more tools over the next few weeks, I’ll be working on my free utilities too. More details on them, and also some new code samples, that I’m looking forward to posting about in the near future.

Pimpin’ My Site

When Doug posted about Data Comparison Tricks, I saw Dick tell him to “pimp his site” in the comments.

Having a vivid imagination, this is what went through my head.

Yo Dawg!

Anyway, that’s what I’ll now proceed to do. (Having obtained Dick’s permission first of course!)

Here’s some stuff I’ve been working on recently.

A multi-field Find and Select/Replace tool.

AET Find and Replace

Although a bit old, (like me), some of the code came from this.

AET Cell Watch Form

Here’s the old post about it from back in 2009. (From my former blog, which I’ll also pimp!)

An alternative Status Bar that recognizes numbers even if the format is text. Woohoo!

AET Status Bar

And some games. (For the kids, but you can play too)
That’s enough pimpin’ for now. (I’m making new stuff as I write this) See you next time?

Andrew’s Excel Tips

Just a quick post to let everyone kind enough to visit – my site address has now changed to (formerly

I’ve been blogging for over 4 years now, and although I don’t post as often as I used to, I’m still cooking up new stuff to add.

Thanks to Dick and my other great Excel friends for their support and inspiration!

DIY Context Menu

I use 2 computers at work. One has Excel 2003, the other has Excel 2007. I’ve been using the one with 2003 longer and had a few macros stored in my Personal workbook. I was in the process of copying and pasting them into the other computer after sending them there by email. (Yeah, I know I can install both Excel versions in the same computer but this is how things turned out and I find it handy for testing)

Anyway, I wondered how I was going to call them. I had the macros in the 2003 computer assigned to toolbar buttons with icons but how about 2007? I could use the QAT but realized the face ids were going to be different. Not such a big problem, but I didn’t feel like going through the drama of selecting a whole lot of new ones, not to mention updating personal workbooks for both computers every time I added any new code. So I came up with the below right click menu addin that I use for both computers on a shared drive.

Just paste or write any macro into the addin and update the menu by pushing “Make Right Click Menu”, either in the VBE or right click menu itself to add and save. The module names in the addin act as sub menu names and the macro names get added as menu items. Numbers get added to act as keyboard shortcuts.

Also, there is some code to add spaces to module and macro names so that Private Sub DeleteAllFilesInFolder() in module MiscellaneousMacros would show in the menu as DIY Context Menu – Miscellaneous Macros – 1. Delete All Files In Folder

It’s a dynamic menu and a pretty simple one to use. Here is the download link if you want to try it. Some example macros are also included. I think it should work with Excel versions 97 – 2007.

My Downloads and why I like New Book Navigator

I have a few add-ins and files for download on my site, one of which I have recently been working quite a bit.

It’s my New Book Navigator addin and like the name says it helps you navigate around a workbook, as well as select, deselect and highlight cells.

The “New” part is to distinguish it from the previous version. Anyway, it’s evolved into a pretty good add-in over time (my opinion) and it does a lot of things you might find come in handy.

One of those things is what I call Quick Filter. It’s not a filter in the ordinary sense but unlike Excel’s inbuilt filters, it allows you to find and go to cells in both rows or columns, you can even use it to go to hidden cells without the need to unhide them.

Another thing is that you can see what range is selected at any time and copy that range if desired to the clipboard. The range details can also changed to show as Absolute or Relative, A1 or R1C1 references. The default setting is to update the toolbar as you select ranges automatically but you set this to Manual in the Options settings if you want to avoid the screen from flickering when running code. Details of this and all of the other features are described in both the read me files and Help files.

My download page is here. I hope you find New Book Navigator and my other stuff useful.