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An MSForms (all VBA) treeview


If you have ever used the Treeview control from the "Additional controls" section, then you know what a versatile control this is to show hierarchically organized data. There are a couple of problems with this Treeview control:

  1. Compile errors due to a difference in how the control libraries are registered in 32 bits Windows' System32 and 64 bit Windows' SysWOW64 folders. If you distribute a file that was saved in 64 bit Windows, containing one of the "Microsoft Windows Common Controls 6.0" (The Treeview control is one of them) and with the reference set to "mscomctl.ocx", people using 32 bit Windows will almost certainly have problems. At best it could entail removing both the control and the reference and replacing both, but at worst the user's Excel can crash when trying to load the file and run the app.
  2. The standard Treeview control, like all non built-in ActiveX controls, cannot be used in 64 bit versions of Office.

Especially the second point convinced me it is time to develop a custom-made Treeview "control", that only uses the native Office forms controls. I started building this a couple of weeks ago and after some time I tricked Peter Thornton into helping me with it

The screenshot below shows both our new Treeview (left) and the Windows one (right) side-by-side in their simplest display mode (read on, there are even prettier screenshots further down the page):

Treeview controls
Two treeviews, left: VBA tree, right: Common controls tree

In the following pages I'll show what our treeview can do and explain how to put it to use in your own VBA project.

MAC Office and 64 bit Office Compatible!

Our treeview was tested (and works) on 64 bit Office. It also works on MAC office. Tested applications include:

Excel 2000
Excel 2003
Excel 2010
Excel 2010 (64 bit)
Excel 2011 (MAC Office)
Excel 2013 (32 bit)

Access 2003
Access 2010 (32 bit)
Access 2010 (64 bit)

Windows screenshot:

Treeview demo on Windows Excel
Treeview demo on Windows Excel

Mac screenshot:

MAC screenshot of our treeview demo form
Screenshot of treeview on Mac Excel 2011


The basic plumbing and code structure of this treeview control was devised by me. However, without the help of my friend and fellow MVP Peter Thornton, lots of functionality would not have been available now. For that I sincerely thank Peter!

Furthermore, Access MVP Ben Clothier was kind enough to make the necessary adjustments to incorporate the treeview in an Access form

Also: Fellow Excel MVP Ron De Bruin ensured the treeview also works on MAC Office 2011, Thanks Ron!

Copyright and Licensing

All code in the treeview is (c) JKP Application Development Services and Peter Thornton (the Authors). It remains our sole intellectual property.

However, we're offering this treeview to you at no cost. You get an unrestricted license for use in any VBA project you like. You're free to modify any part of the code at will.

We do have some rules:

And please mention the source of the treeview (including a link to this page) in your helpfile, manual and/or on your about screen.

We're always interested to see how people have implemented the VBA Treeview. So please feel free to send a screenshot with a brief description or relevant details.


You use this control at your own risk: The authors accept no liability whatsoever for any damages which may arise due to the use of our treeview.


Many, many hours were spent developing this treeview. Although we developed it for use in our own projects, we are giving it away for free!

Nevertheless, we would really be pleased if you actually express your appreciation in a more "tangible" form. So here is a paypal donation button at your disposal:


The Excel workbook contains most of the documentation (on the tabs of the workbook), so I recommend you to at least download the Excel version. The Access version has instructions on its main form (click the "How do I...?" button) on how to implement the treeview in your own projects.

Download the treeview sample Excel workbook (including documentation) (build 026, 15 Oct 2015, downloaded 26,709 times)

Download the treeview sample Word document (build 026, 15 Oct 2015, downloaded 8,003 times)

Download the treeview sample Access database (build 025, 16 Oct 2013, downloaded 21,643 times)

‘Pro’ Treeview and ListGrid VBA controls

The professional version of the treeview control has exceptional performance. Even with tens of thousands of nodes it will load quickly and remain highly responsive. It also has several new features including drag and drop.

Our new ListGrid combines most of the functionality of the ActiveX Listview and Flexgrid controls with many extra useful features. It is the result of extensive beta testing by some of our treeview users, thanks guys!

The screenshot of the demo below gives an idea of just some of its capability.

Professional ListGrid control

The Pro Treeview and ListGrid are available for 32/64 bit Excel and Access. The Excel version will also work in Mac, one or two features are disabled for Mac but we’re working on it. Unlike our free treeview they are self contained in their own files and designed to work more like real controls.

For more details and if interested to try either of these ‘controls’ please contact us:

Pro Treeview enquiry

Pro Listgrid enquiry

Please note that the pro versions are paid versions. Pricing available upon request by using the links above.



Other controls

Another often used control is the calendar control. This control has the added problem that it has been deprecated with Office 2010 (where we're supposed to use the date picker control). Frankens Team created an all-vba alternative using very similar techniques to what we've done here.

Ron de Bruin created a Date Picker control for MAC Excel.

We are currently developing a listgrid/listview control. Contact us if you would like to participate in the beta program. Note that this control will not be made available as freeware.



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Comment by: Gustavo Ruiz (10/20/2017 5:46:25 AM)

Great job! Had a few problems a year back with several windows updates that broke MSCOMCTL.OCX and forced me to do several "tricks" to get it work with older OCX version under Win7 64bit, treeview under MS Access let me show the proper office app main menu based on user permissions (activating nodes accordingly).

This week I had to migrate to Office 2016 just to found out that the installed version was 64bit, although there was no need for it but some IT guys see 64 bit on the OS and think that Office should be 64 bit aswell even if this mean losing functionality in several Excel files based on 32bit addins/VBA code :)

Anyway, older treeview has gone and now its replaced by your excellent MSForms Treeview. I will donate to you as soon as I finish this message.

If anyone is doing this on Access be prepared to add several PtrSafe keywords on your code and convert Long to LongPrt on some of the parameters related to :)



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (10/20/2017 2:48:16 PM)

Hi Gustavo,

You're welcome!

And BTW, you can find the API stuff here too:


Comment by: AYAMNASH (11/13/2017 2:16:39 PM)

I have been trying to get my data table

but i could not because i'm beginner in vba code
i have one table (table1) for g/l accounts
field one (fatheraccno)type number
field two (fatheracc)type text
field three (subaccno)type number
field two (subacc)type text
how i can get my table to your subform in your project ?
could you write the code?
thank in advance



Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (11/14/2017 9:58:49 AM)


What does your data look like?


Comment by: ayamnash (11/19/2017 7:52:51 PM)

realy i don't understand what does you mean
any way ...
i will ask my question in another way
i have accounting data base it is working perfectly
but it has not chart of account (treeview )
The problem was existence two tables
the first table for( accounts category ) the second table for (account names)
Many experts told me it is not good to build chart of accounts with two tables
Because in case of deletion, modification or addition it will be difficult to modify the two tables
So I want to create a new database for new project based on one table .
I expect the table to have four main fields
field one (fatheraccno)type number
field two (fatheracc)type text
field three (subaccno)type number
field four (subacc)type text
subaccno subacc fatheraccno fatheracc
1 Assets
11 fixd assets 1          Assets
1101 cars          11          fixd assets
1102 buildings 11          fixd assets
11021 building1         1102         buildings
11022 building2         1102         buildings
1103 lands          11          fixd assets
12 current assets                              1201 cash          12          current assets
1202 bank          12          current assets
1203 debitors 12          current assets

how i can drop this table to your subform?


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (11/19/2017 8:31:09 PM)

Hi ayamnash,

The demo treeview contains code that demonstrates how to add nodes and sub nodes. It should not be very hard to figure out how to add the information in your table to the tree.


Comment by: Mathias Dumke (11/20/2017 10:32:20 AM)

very good job.

My Question is, how i can scroll in the treeview.

Mathias Dumke


Comment by: Peter Thornton (11/21/2017 6:40:08 PM)

It's difficult to make wheel scroll reliable in the 'free' version. If you really need it scroll is included in the 'pro' version, see just below the top of this page.


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