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An MSForms (all VBA) treeview for Access, Excel And Word


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)
Excel 2016 (32 and 64 bit)

Access 2003
Access 2010 (32 bit)
Access 2010 (64 bit)
Access 2016 (32 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 39.930 times)

Download the treeview sample Word document (build 026, 15 Oct 2015, downloaded 12.642 times)

Download the treeview sample Access database (build 026, 16 Oct 2015, downloaded 32.597 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. Timing experiments have proven that the pro version of our treeview outperforms the common controls treeview.

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 in a trial license 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.


  1. Features
  2. How To Use
  3. Examples


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.


Showing last 8 comments of 786 in total (Show All Comments):


Comment by: Vas Rabani (27-9-2020 10:38:00)

I'm not sure but there seems to be a bug in the code for 'Dump Data' button

if you amend the code for the Sub GetData1 to display the node.key in the excel output

rng(lCt, lLevel) = cParent.Key & "|" & cParent.Caption

The root node key is not showing as RootNode1 but the key is displayed as a run date
example :

27/09/2020 09:23:50|Root Node1

Same behaviour exists when reading data - although the key has the right key on the front end, when dumping the data the date behaviour is showing

Thought it was odd. Is this an expected behaviour?

Great site ! and great implementation of the TreeView!


Comment by: Peter Thornton (28-9-2020 11:21:00)

Hi Vas,

Indeed that is not expected behaviour but I cannot re-create what you describe. For me when I include your line that adds the Key the following is dumped in the cell for the root node:

Root1|Root Node1

I can't imagine how but for you it looks like the Key is replaced with 'Now'. If you want to send me your version of the demo file I will have a look.


Comment by: Bob Luedtke (16-10-2020 21:22:00)

Rather than a userform, can this TreeView solution be done using a frame dropped directly on to a worksheet? I've tried a few things but can't make it populate.


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (19-10-2020 10:47:00)

Hi Bob,

Yes that can be done indeed. I've sent you a direct email.


Comment by: Davood (20-10-2020 13:43:00)

I visited your site and you have practical content in the field of Excel.
I have a problem and that is about Treeview. My office version is 2010 but I do not have Treeview in the tools.
please guide me


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (20-10-2020 17:33:00)

Hi Davood,

What exactly is your question? This page already explains how you might use our treeview in your project.


Comment by: PYC (4-12-2020 10:09:00)


Here is exactly the spirit of IT I like since I starded 40 years ago (I was 12 at that time for my first program on an ORIC Atmos) … even if nowadays I'm trying to move to some web oriented development I'm still developing a lot of small applications in MS-ACCESS or EXCEL because I'm super fast to do so and the rendering is very efficient …
Up to now I was not so much using Trees (more tables) but recently I had to manipulate the organization tree of my company and the tree is for sure definitively the best …
I lost some time trying by myself … and discovered your example when I was done … but still I can learn some few things so thanks a lot.
hum …
may be one question …
Is there a way for example to highlight in RED BOLD only one or few elements of the trees that have some specific attributes so that we can identify them … not sure I saw that in you example


Your example is beautiful and complete and will help a lot of people for sure.

THANKS a lot


Comment by: Jan Karel Pieterse (4-12-2020 11:34:00)


You're welcome!

You can set several formatting properties (like the ForeColor) of a node after creating it or after a click on the node. After changing a node's property you have to refresh the tree (a method of the clsTreeview class). In the example that would be something like:

'Some code that has set variable cNode to a node
cNode.ForeColor = vbRed


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