“A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.” [Albert Einstein]


Optimization should be the last phase of any development. My two favorite rules used to be:

  1. Make it work first before make it work fast.

  2. a) Make it work

    b) Make it work correctly

    c) Optimize

Excel lacks a nice and decent profiler. One option is to buy and to use Charles Williams' (external link!) FastExcel. His website (external link!) Decision Models is a good source of hints how to optimize your spreadsheet or your VBA code.

If you like to apply your own analysis of profiling, look at Performance.

For standard approaches to speed up your code have a look at SystemState, please. It provides an easy-to-use way to set calculation to manual and to switch off screen updating, together with the feature to restore previous conditions later.