Excel Essentials: The Complete Excel Series - Level 1, 2 & 3
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Excel Essentials: The Complete Excel Series - Level 1, 2 & 3

Excel: The WHOLE Excel Mastery Series In One! From Excel Novice To VBA Programmer - Excel 2013, Excel 2016, Excel 2019
4.6 (16,593 ratings)
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67,235 students enrolled
Created by Alan Jarvis
Last updated 4/2020
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This course includes
  • 27.5 hours on-demand video
  • 127 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • By the end of Level 1:
  • Master all the basics of Excel, even if you've never seen a spreadsheet before!
  • Build your own spreadsheets from scratch, and actually understand how they work!
  • You will be able to build your own simple, AND complex formulas (and know what the difference is!), and use some of Excels built in functions.
  • Do in seconds, what a lot of seasoned users take minutes to do!
  • Increase your chances of promotion, or a better paying job by understanding the most widely used business software in the world
  • By the end of Level 2:
  • Learn To Use Excel Like The Professionals
  • Get Streets Ahead Of Your Competition
  • Build Powerful Advanced Excel Projects From Scratch
  • Create a fully functioning relational database using Excel
  • Create a simple data entry screen to auto-populate complex templates
  • Build Gantt charts in Excel for project planing
  • Expoit Excels built in advanced functions to do things "regular" users think are impossible!
  • By the end of Level 3:
  • Learn to program in VBA from scratch
  • Complete routine tasks thousands of times faster! (Yes, see the demo!)
  • Confidently tackle any programming project
  • Understand coding, and the thought process behind it
  • Fully automate Excel using Visual Basic for Applications
  • Fully automate report generation
  • Program simple "helper" solutions
  • Develop complex full blown applications from scratch
  • Control other Microsoft applications like Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and even Windows itself!
  • Create emails and send them automatically!
  • Create Word documents using VBA code right from Excel!
  • Create PowerPoint presentations in seconds automatically
  • Create entire folder directories in Windows automatically!
  • All you need is a PC, a copy of Excel 2010. 2013, 2016, or Office 365 and a willingness to learn!
  • No other knowledge is required, as each step is explained fully in the course.

Over 96,000 students in 198 countries are becoming Excel masters with THIS series. Check out the FREE PREVIEW LECTURES and SEE WHY!

This COMPLETE* course is one of the HIGHEST RATED courses anywhere on Excel, with over 9000 5 STAR REVIEWS:

*Why buy 5 individual Excel courses, when this one complete course will give you everything you'll ever need?

What other students are saying:

"This may be the single, greatest course on Excel in existence. It is that good. Concise, yet comprehensive and informative. The instructor has a gift for teaching in an old-world, grade school type of way, which I find particularly useful. He explains each new concept quite clearly and then builds upon the concepts to establish a very strong foundation. Remarkable class and presentation. I highly recommend this instructor. Brilliant." - Kevin Ward (May 2020)

“Course is more than I expected. Instructor provides in depth knowledge of Excel and is effective at communicating it. This course, practice and effort are making me an Excel WIZ ! Thanks Alan.” – Tom Howard (April 2020)

“This course is by far the best course on Excel. Alan is a great instructor and has an art of teaching from the grassroots level and gradually building up to the advanced level which I think is a great way for the concepts of Excel to sink in the brain.” - Kshipra Jawdekar (April 2020)

Excel is the most in commonly used and in demand tool for making sense of data. When you can harness that power, you will be a sought after employee and YOU CAN EARN MORE MONEY!.

If you run a business, being proficient in Excel can help you see your business in a completely different light.


If you are reading this, you have already taken your first important step. You want to learn Excel from the ground up, and go from a complete beginner, to super user, to being part of the few Excel Elite, and being able to program your very own full blown applications using VBA (including automating not only Excel, but Outlook, Word, Powerpoint and even Windows itself!).

This complete course contains all the lectures, quizzes, projects, and downloadable resources contained in Levels 1, 2 and 3. In fact, everything you will need to go from novice to coder! There's no need to buy one course after another to become an Excel master...it's all here!

Yes, but 27 hours, Alan?

Don't worry! We have a very (very) active student forum, so new lectures are regularly added in the SQA Sections (Student Questions Answered). If I can't explain something in a post, or I get a particularly interesting question, I'll make a video for you to walk you through your own specific sticking point!

You can find the detail of each section below, but here's a summary of how it breaks down:

Level 1 Beginners: Base course - 3 hours, SQA - I hour

Level 2 Advanced: Base course - 6.5 hours, SQA - 2 hours

Level 3 VBA Programming: Base course - 11.5 hours, SQA - 3 hours

The course is structured so you can dip in and out whenever you want...you don't have to do it all at once :)

Here's what you get inside...

In Excel Essentials: Level 1 Basics - Master Excel Step-By-Step

  • Average review HIGHER than the other Microsoft courses on Udemy!

  • Average minutes viewed 27% HIGHER than other Microsoft course!

  • New students join THIS Excel course EVERY DAY!

Great news! I have added a new bonus section to this course "Student Questions Answered"!

In this section you will find custom made tutorials to answer YOUR specific questions! Just drop a message in the discussion board, and if I can't answer it in a simple message, I'll make a video just for you!

What other students are saying:

"This is the most comprehensive course I've seen on Udemy..." - Renato Ferreira

"This course is a must and it could be the only one you need, if you want to master Excel for any reason. It is well organized, it covers all topics of Excel, from the fundamentals (formatting, writing data, put that data to use, etc...), continuing to a more advance use of the program, like applications for the formulas included in the app. But the part that outstands in the course, is the macro-programming part. It helps you to start programming in VBA in a step by step fashion. The instructor explains every lesson quite well, he is easy to follow, and you can notice he knows the app and have lots of experience with it. He is also very responsive and will reach you as soon as he can in case you have any doubt about the topics covered in the course. For me is a five stars course, thumbs up for a well roundup course." - David Garcia Silvarrey

"This is the best Excel course ever! I like that the topics are broken down into few minutes at a time". - Sheryl Blosel

"This course is wonderful. If you were and absolute beginner like I was, this is the course that you should take. This course starts at the absolute beginning and shows you in detail how to use the program and how to make it do what you need it to. I am almost through section 2 and I cant believe how much I have learned and I couldn't imagine taking an Excel course from anyone else. If you are thinking about getting an Excel course for refreshing your skills, or just starting from the beginning, this is the course for you" - Jake Rose

Next to soft skills, being able to use Microsoft Excel well is probably one of the most sought after skills employers are looking for in today’s competitive market. Make sure you can compete…

  • Do you want to master one of the must have skills for any work place?

  • Are you willing to invest a little time now for your own future?

  • Want to learn powerful, little known tools most users don't know about?

  • Do you want to get ahead of your competition?

If you are a complete beginner looking to master Excel, or you just want to brush up on the basics, you've come to the right place. If you want to earn more money by developing a skill set that today’s employers demand, this is the course is for you!

Getting to grips with Excel will give you a distinct advantage in whatever work you currently do, and can open the door to new opportunities.

Many of my students have gone on to get better paying jobs, change career, or even start their own businesses, using the very skills you will soon master.

“I spent over 30 years mastering Excel, so you don't have to!”

In this course we cover in detail all of the basic functions of Excel, and you will learn not only how to use it, but some powerful tools to allow you understand how it works. There is a difference between repeating something and understanding it.

Who is this course aimed at?

Complete beginners, and those who want to build a solid foundation upon which to build their skills.

How is it structured?

Together we concentrate on building a single complete project from beginning to end, using all the basic functions and give you a thorough understanding.

I know your time is valuable, so most lectures are between 3-5 minutes, allowing you to dip in and out when it's convenient for you. This also maximizes your learning, and makes it easy if you ever need to go back to refresh your memory...no need to click through a 40 minute lecture to find the part you're looking for!

There are screencasts, lots of quizzes, presentations, pdfs, downloadable files...all designed to optimize your learning.

What do I get with this course?

  • Lifetime access to over 4 hours of HD content.

  • Over 50 bite-size lectures, each covering a specific topic in detail. Some of which I have never seen taught before!

  • Multiple quizzes to ensure you cement your learning!

  • Downloadable source file, practice file, and pdf cheat sheets that you can take with you and quickly refer back to if you are away from home.

  • Access to the Q&A forum, so if you have any questions, you can ask me!

What other students are saying:

"This course is exactly what I was looking for. Simply explained, and in a level of detail I could follow. I really enjoyed it, and will recommend it to all my friend"s – Beatrice

"This course [Level 1] gives a solid foundation for a beginner who wants to develop their skills...To sum up Folks, this is a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED course. I will be shortly enrolling myself in the next course with Alan of course" – Alex

"Fantastic course! The instructor is extremely knowledgeable and the way he organized the course makes it extremely easy to follow. I highly recommend this course to anyone looking to increase their knowledge of Excel." – Dan Hughes

So, Why take THIS course?

I have been using Excel for over 20 years, but there is a difference between being good at something and being able to teach it. In that time I have taught thousands of people how to master its power. Because I have taught so many people, I know not to assume you already understand something, and I have probably already heard every question you are likely to have.

This course took over 4 months to produce, and has been tested extensively with hundreds of people. If something didn't work, or wasn't clear, it was revised until it did, to make this the best possible course on Excel.

Of course, we never stop learning, and I will continue to develop this course, and your skills, with your feedback. And remember, if you have a question, post it in the Q&A and I will answer it for you personally.


In Excel Essentials: Level 2 - Intermediate/Advanced:

THIS course will take your Excel skills to the next level!

  • New "Student Questions Answered" added

  • The HIGHEST RATED Excel Level 2 course on Udemy!

  • Average minutes viewed almost triple that of other Microsoft courses!

So, you have an understanding of the basics, but would you like to use Excel like the professionals? If so, read on…

For students who have already completed Level 1 in this series, or already have a good basic understanding of Excel, what you will learn in this course will supercharge your skills... and your career.

So, What’s inside?

  • Over 90 bite-sized lectures

  • 8.5 hours of quality HD content

  • 41 downloadable resources

  • All the source files for each project

  • Access to me (in case you have any questions)!

You will learn powerful and little known techniques to enable you to build your own powerful spreadsheet solutions. We will do this by creating multiple projects together, step-by-step, and in depth to guarantee your understanding. Each project builds on the last, so your skills develop cumulatively.

What other students are saying:

"This is a great course for anyone wishing to learn or brush up on the basics. The presentations are easy to follow!" – Pamela Reyna

"This is a very simple, clear and concise and easy to follow course that is perfect for beginners" – Sean Loftus

"The author of this course takes you through it one simple step at a time, and it is really easy to follow. I like that the lectures are short, and focus on one thing at a time, which was perfect for me. I actually now feel confident using Excel. Well done and thank you!"– Nickie Student

You will learn how to combine multiple functions in a simple way to create powerful solutions that most users believe can't be done in Excel!

Each project in the course is designed to introduce a range of concepts that showcase the true power of Excel, and show you what is really possible.

In Project One:

  • The fastest way to create powerful dynamic templates (by cheating!)

  • Custom formatting

  • Manipulating calculations with time and dates

  • Conditional formatting

  • Simple and nested logical testing

  • Building complex and dynamic text strings

  • ActiveX controls (and how to customize them)

In Project Two:

  • Building a fully functional complex relational database

  • A Masterclass in Vlookups (WAY beyond the basics here!)

  • Importing data from multiple sources

  • Controlling user entry

In Project Three:

  • Creating named ranges (and why you would want to)

  • Building dynamic named ranges

  • Getting Excel to create them for you!

  • A powerful trick very few users know about!

In Project Four:

  • Hyperlinking (so it ALWAYS works!)

  • Creating Macros, and using them to automate your work!

  • Executing Macros from buttons

  • Dropdown lists

  • Building dynamic formulas using Excel’s Indirect function

In Project Five:

  • Project management made simple with Gantt charting!

  • Have your chart timeline ALWAYS begin at the best date

  • Nesting multiple logical tests (simply!)

  • Making your timeline completely dynamic by changing a single cell!

This isn't just a course with a bunch of formulas, it's hands on guide through real life projects. You will learn how to build complex solutions using the very same methods I use.


In Excel Essentials: Level 3 - VBA Programming:

If you really want to harness the full power of Excel, then learning how to program in VBA is ESSENTIAL!

If you got this far, it's because:

  • You want to join the Excel elite, and program your own solutions?

  • Maybe you want to automate most of your work, do more in less time with less effort?

  • Could be you want to earn more money?

  • Perhaps you may even fancy a career change?

If you answered yes to any of the above, I want you in my student community!

In this course you will learn everything you need to know about coding in VBA, even if you've never looked at a line of code before!

What other students are saying:

"This is a great course! ...I can't wait to start using it. I will certainly be using the emailing program! And reports. My mind is reeling!" - Nickie Student!

"Taught in easy bite size chunks makes the learning fun as well as informative" – Joe Long

"If you are serious about learning how to make excel work for you, you should take this course" - Beatrice

Introducing Visual Basic For Applications

Visual Basic for Applications, or VBA, is included with Excel, so there's nothing more to buy. If you have Excel, you already have access to VBA.

VBA is the powerhouse. It's the code that lives under the hood where the magic happens.

A lot of people can record a Macro, but being able to program in VBA is quite a different thing. It separates the good from the truly amazing, and I want you to be amazing!

Now, one of those words in "Visual Basic for Applications" carries more weight than the others. And no, it's not "Basic" (though coding the way I will teach you is simple!).

No, it's "Applications". In fact, it's the "s" at the very end. The significance is that VBA works across ALL MICROSOFT APPLICATIONS! Word, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, and even WINDOWS ITSELF!

In this course I will not only teach you how to code for Excel, there are even THREE, no...FOUR Bonus Sections:

  • Controlling Word

  • Controlling Outlook

  • Yes, even controlling Windows

  • and now...Automating PowerPoint!

What Makes Me Qualified To Teach You?

Well, I'm a regular guy. I don't have a University degree, but what I do have is the drive to learn new things and never be beaten by a problem...a lot like you, I guess.

What I also have is over 20 years of experience in using Excel, and programming solutions with VBA.

I have built simple helper systems to make life easier for my colleagues. I've programmed complete MRP systems to run the procurement division of a £1.3b company, and everything in between.

So, I can do it, does that mean I can teach you?

You bet! I have taught hundreds of students one on one, and even more in groups. Many of my students have gone on to better paying jobs, start their own businesses, or at the very least made their work lives less stressful! One of my most recent students got a promotion and a 15% pay rise just 16 weeks after learning how to code! Not bad, hey?

Why Is Your Course Different, Alan?

I'm glad you asked!

If you got this far, you already know you get:

  • Over 15 hours of HD video lectures

  • 72 downloadable resources

  • Quizzes

  • All the source code for the course + more!

  • Programming projects

There are lots of great courses on coding in VBA. There are even lots of free videos on YouTube. Many of them show you all the basics in kind of a "little bit of everything" approach. I looked at what was available, and I knew I had to create something different. Of course, I still cover all the basics, just like the other courses, but we will go beyond the basics, and cover in depth the "missing bits".

In addition, I will teach you my step-by-step process, the actual methods I use to build powerful solutions easily and quickly. I'm sure programming can be difficult, but not the way I do it!

You will learn how streamline your code for efficiency (and make it execute faster!) from the beginning. After we've covered all the basics, we will go on to create 6 separate projects using those very tools and techniques, where we will pull together all of your earlier learning, and give you the confidence to program your own solutions as soon as you finish the course!

What other students are saying:

"I'm coming close to finishing this course...This course has given me the knowledge and confidence to succeed, get promoted and think seriously about building a career based on what I can learn from great teachers like Alan." - Thomas Heaton

"Alan is an excellent tutor, goes very deep into every single thing, and he is not bothered to repeat even the smallest tricks and tips along the way. I feel like I got amazing new skill, this course has opened my eyes on how I should "see" excel from now on. Definitely the best course I have ever taken on Udemy" - Aleksandar Stankovic

With So Much Power, What Will You Create?

With the skills you will learn in this course you will be limited only by your imagination.

If you can describe it, you can most likely code it. What will YOU create?

Let's see. Enrol now, and I look forward to welcoming you to the course!

Who this course is for:
  • This course is aimed at complete beginners, or those who want to get a thorough knowledge of Excel
  • No prior knowledge is needed!
Course content
Expand all 339 lectures 27:39:18
+ Excel Essentials: Level 1 Basics - Master Excel Step-By-Step
2 lectures 05:11

Just before we start the course, I's like to show you how to set up your screen if you have a single-screen set up so you can view both the lecture, AND your Excel window at the same time...just so you can follow along :) If you already know, that's fine, but just in case...

Also, I'll show you how to adjust the volume, so you get the best sound level for you.

Enjoy the course!

Before We Start...Viewing The Lectures, And Following Along On A Single Screen
+ An Introduction To Level 1
1 lecture 01:22

This is just a short video about how to download your practice files :)

Preview 01:22
+ Start Here - All The Basics
17 lectures 01:08:45

In this first short lecture, we're going to look at the various ways of opening Excel, including how to add a shortcut to your desktop.

Preview 03:45

Before we get started on how to build working spreadsheets, it's useful to know the anatomy of a workbook.

This lecture covers all the major parts of the screen and explains the layout of the Excel interface. In this lecture you will learn the key components, and overview of what they do!

Preview 15:19

This is a condensed version of the previous lecture, and is included so you can get a quick refresher without having to go over the whole thing again.

If you are happy you got it first time around, just hit complete lecture at the bottom of the screen...remember, it's always going to be here if you ever need to come back!

Also, there is a pdf refresher in the resources section for you to download and keep with you!

Preview 06:11
Accessing The "F" Keys (Function Keys) On A Laptop

Without doubt, the second biggest problem Excel users encounter is creating a masterpiece, and then not being able to find it again because they chose to save it as "Book 1" or "Book 23"! We'll get to the biggest problem people have later in the course!

This lecture covers how to rename your workbook, so you will always be able to find it again later!

Preview 02:00

To use Excel effectively, you're going to need to enter something into it! Data can be text, numbers, dates or formulas.

Here we will learn the two places you can enter data in Excel.

Preview 01:41

Let's see how you're doing so far!

Quiz 1
5 questions

In this lecture we will cover how to edit data you have already entered. This will save you having to re-enter the entire text, number, date or formula, if you just want to change one little part of it.

Preview 01:42

We all make mistakes, and from time to time you will too!

Excel provides a very quick way to undo these, using the undo function. And just in case you really did mean it, there is a redo function too!

The keyboard shortcuts in this lesson are:

CTRL + Z to Undo

CTRL + Y to Redo

Preview 01:20

Now you know how to enter text, you may want to change the way it looks so it's not in plain black Calibri!

In this lecture, we will look at the various ways of formatting text, and a few different ways to get there!

You will learn how to:

• Change the font itself (the typeface)
• Change the font size
• Change the colour
• Apply bold formatting
• Apply italics
• Apply underlining
• Apply subscript
• Apply superscript
• Apply strikethrough

We will look at how to do this using the icons on the home ribbon, using the right click option to get to the Format Cells dialogue box (which gives you even more options than the ribbon!), and a really fast way to get to the full-blown Format Cells dialogue box which hardly anyone ever uses!

The keyboard shortcuts in this lesson are:

CTRL + B to Bold your text

CTRL + I to apply Italics

CTRL + U to Underline

Changing Appearance Of Text With Formatting - Fonts

I added this lecture as one of my students pointed out that formatting text actually formats the cell itself. Though I know this, it was apparent that not everyone does!

Throughout this course, if you think I have missed anything, or it requires more explanation, please let me know!

A Quick Word On Formatting

From time to time, you may want to have your data aligned in a way that Excel doesn't choose by default.

The default options are:
• Text automatically aligns to the left
• Numbers automatically align to the right

In this lesson we take a look at how to align your text (or any data) in the cells any way you want to see it.

You will learn how to:
• Align left
• Align right
• Align centre
• Align top
• Align bottom
• Align middle

Formatting Text - Alignment

Excel offers a bunch of timesaving features, a lot of which most users aren't even aware of! By learning these, you will become faster than most of your competition :)

In this lesson we look at auto-filling naturally occurring sequences using one of Excel's most useful features; the Drag Handle.

Saving Time With AutoFilling Sequences

Wouldn't it be great if you could add your own custom lists, beyond the standard days of the week and months of the year?

Well now you can!

POWER USER - Adding Your Own Lists To Autofill

Another time saver.

In this lecture you will learn how to quickly apply the formatting you have applied to one cell to another, and even how to copy that formatting across an entire row (or column if you want) using the Format Painter.


Double clicking the format painter will let you keep clicking anywhere and pasting that format...until you hit ESCape :)

Saving Time With Format Painter

You can easily change the width of your columns (or the height of your rows) if you find that part of your data has been lopped off, or the column is just too wide for the data you have in it.

In this lecture you will learn how to do this precisely using the right click option, how to get Excel to do it automatically (something not many people use!). You'll also learn how to resize a bunch of columns (or rows) all at once!


Changing The Column Width

Let's see how your doing!

Quiz Number 2
3 questions

In this lesson you will learn how to use the Merge and Centre function.

This is a clever way to bypass the annoying super wide columns if you have a long title in your workbook!

Tidy Large Titles With Merge And Centre

If there's a fast way of doing something, save yourself some time and do it that way!

This lecture covers a handy function built in to Excel that automatically suggests entries based on what came before! Very useful.

We also look at another use for the drag handle, this time using the double click feature to automatically fill down your data for as far as your columns go. And finally, how to instantly populate a bunch of cells with the same value using a simple, if little known, keyboard shortcut.

Keyboard shortcut in this lesson:

**** UPDATE ****

CTRL + ENTER to fill the same value in all the cells of a highlighted range. In the lecture I say "CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER" incorrectly. Sorry

Entering Data - A Couple Of Shortcuts
+ Doing The (Simple) Math
10 lectures 34:45

In this lesson you will learn how to create your first formula...the old fashioned way!

Every formula you enter in Excel always begins with an equals sign (=). Always!

We will cover the simple way to view your formula so you can see which cells are being used in the calculation, and a quick way to correct it if you pointed to the wrong cell!


Sums - The Old Fashioned Way!

Excel has lots of built in functions to make your life easier. In this lesson, you will learn how to use your first Excel built in formula; the AutoSUM.

You will learn the structure of the autosum, what arguments are and how to use ranges in your calculations!

You will also discover a little used, but very useful, built in feature of Excel, so you can instantly see the sum, average, lowest value and highest value in a range...all without having to write a single formula!

Sums - Using Autosum

Let's see how your doing!

Quiz Number 3
3 questions

In this lecture, you will learn how to copy formulas you've already written!

You will learn some super-fast keyboard shortcuts to make this really quick, and also take another look at one of my favourite features...the drag handle.

The keyboard shortcuts in this lesson are:

CTRL + C to Copy

CTRL + V to paste what you've just copied

CTRL + R to fill Right

CTRL + D to fill Down

Copying Formulas

So, now you understand how to sum a column, but what if you want to use Autosum to add up a row of numbers?

In this lesson you will learn how to view a formula in one cell while you're in different cell!

This will allow you to copy the structure of the original formula, and adapt it so it works somewhere else! This saves you having to remember everything.

We will also look at how Excel will help you to use the various functions by offering tool tips to show you what you need to do!

SUMming Horizontally

In this lesson you will learn how to do subtraction.

We will also look at how to use formulas you have already written in new formulas, to save having to write everything from scratch.

Basic Formulas - Subtraction

In this lesson, you will learn how to do multiplication.

You will also learn that there are two ways to express values in your formulas...you can point and click the cells you want to use (so the formula uses the cell reference (A1, C3 etc.)), and you can also just type in a number.

Basic Formulas - Multiplication

In this lesson, you will learn how to do division. Nice and simple!

Basic Formulas - Division

In this lesson, you will learn how to use our second of Excel's built in function: Average.

You will also learn how to get to some of the other built in functions using the formula ribbon.

Finally, you will learn how to edit a formula, which saves you having to start over if most of your formula is correct.

Average Function

This is probably the most important lecture in the entire course!

In this lecture you will learn about the order of mathematical operation. This is the number 1 problem I see with a lot of Excel users, after this lecture you will never have this problem!

Because Excel always acts on the different mathematical operators (+, -, *, / etc.) in a specific sequence, you may not always get the answer you thought you would get!

Luckily, I have a really simple way of committing this to memory so you will always remember it!

Additional note:

Excel deals with the following in which ever order they appear:

  • Multiplication and division, whichever comes first.
  • Addition and subtraction, whichever comes first.

If in doubt, start with a simplified problem to which you now the answer...then build your formula to arrive at the correct answer. You will then have proven a working formula.

The Order Of Mathematical Operation

In this lecture you will learn about one of the most powerful tools in Excel: Evaluate Formula. I have never seen this taught before anywhere else!!!

I literally only discovered this the day before I created this lecture...and I've been using Excel for over 20 years! I asked everyone I know who uses Excel, and none of them knew about it either.

So you will now not only understand how to explore your formulas step by step, you will know how to use a really powerful tool that almost no one else knows is there!

POWER USER - Evaluate Formula
+ Rearranging Things
4 lectures 17:36

In this lecture you will learn how to insert columns and rows.

From time to time, you will realise you forgot to include something in your spread sheet, and wish that you had added it when you started. Luckily, Excel provides a really quick way of adding new columns or rows to a worksheet you have already created.

You will learn two ways to do this (just pick your favourite :)). The insert option from the home ribbon, and the right click method.

We will also cover sanity checking the formulas you have already written (just in case)!

UPDATE: In this lecture, when I insert a row, the formula automatically copies down. It has been pointed out by students using 2007, 2010 and 2016 that this doesn't work in those releases...it seems to only work on 2013 (I have all the other versions, and I've tried it...it doesn't autofill formulas on insert). Sadly, there is no setting you can apply to make it happen. You can, however, just select the cell with the formula missing, and hit CRTL and D to copy it down.

Inserting New Columns And Rows

You may decide that one or more of your columns would be better placed somewhere else. This lesson covers how to do that quickly and easily.

UPDATE: When we move the Opening Stock column, you will notice little green triangles appearing in the Total column. With these, just select each cell, click the yellow exclamation point (the error), and choose "ignore this error". All Excel is trying to do is establish if the "new" column B should be included in the sum (which it shouldn't).

Moving Existing Columns And Rows

Like the title says, in this lesson you will learn how to cut and copy (and the difference between the two), and insert and delete blocks of data (or single cells, it works the same).

Cutting, Copying, Inserting And Deleting

Sometimes your workbooks become too big to see everything all at once, that's when hiding certain columns or rows becomes useful. You may want to print out your worksheet for a meeting, but hide a particular column (perhaps buy prices).

In this lecture you will learn how to hide single or multiple columns and/or rows.

Hiding Columns And Rows

Let's see how your doing!

Quiz Number 4
5 questions
+ Formulas: Learning The Clever Stuff!
4 lectures 15:36

In this lesson you will learn all three of Excels built in rounding functions:


...and the differences between the three.

We'll also have another look at the built in tool tips when using functions, to allow Excel to help us as we're working!

You will also learn how to change a bunch of formulas all at once!

The keyboard shortcuts in this lesson are:

CTRL + F to find a certain value in a range of selected cells

ROUNDing Functions

In this lecture you will learn how to format numbers to a number of decimal places of your choosing!

You will learn a couple of ways to do this, try both, and pick your favourite.

Formatting Numbers

In this lesson you will learn how to build your own complex formulas, and the easy way to do it. I've been using Excel for a few decades, and I still use this method to build multi-tiered complex formulas.

If you ever see a spreadsheet with a formula a mile long, just remember, the person who wrote it probably did it this way too to begin with!

A Primer In Building Complex Formulas

In this lecture, we will apply what we learned in the last lecture to the project we're working on!

Buliding a Compex Formula
+ A Few More Essentials
12 lectures 37:42

In this lesson you will learn how to sort your data.

To begin with, you will learn how to sort alphabetically and reverse alphabetically. Nice and easy.


In this lesson you will learn how to wrap text, and soft enter (sometimes called a soft return).

Wrapping text is useful if you want your text to wrap-around and be displayed over a few lines in a particular cell, but sometimes, you want to make sure your text always appears on different lines (even though its all in a single cell). Pretty much as it would when you type in Word.

Wrapping Text And Soft Enter

Possibly the shortest lecture in the whole course!

In this lesson, you will learn how to add additional worksheets to your workbook. You will also learn how to rename your worksheets to something more useful than Sheet1 and Sheet2!

Adding A New Worksheet

In this lesson you will create your first chart from the data you have already entered.

Charts are a lot easier to make than most people think. The usual problem I find is that there are columns of data that they don't want to have in the chart. So with that in mind, you will also learn how to select two (or more) separate ranges of data at the same time!

You will also learn how to move your chart to a different sheet (the one we created in the last lecture).

Creating A Simple Chart

Let's see how your doing!

Quiz Number 5
5 questions

In this lecture you will learn how to add borders to your cells.

Borders are those lines around cells you sometimes see on spreadsheets, aside from the faint grey ones that are there to make them easier to see.

We will have a quick look at the built in border options, and you'll then learn how to build your own custom border from scratch!

Adding Borders

In this lesson you will learn how to personalise Excel's Quick Access Toolbar.

This is a powerful thing to learn. I lose count of how many times I've seen people wasting valuable seconds navigating the ribbons to get to a function they use a hundred times a day!

Once you have this in your skills toolbox, you will be more productive than a lot of people who use Excel everyday!

Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar

In this lesson you learn how to set up your spreadsheet to print.

You will learn a few ways to get to the print interface, and once you're there, you will learn how to make sure your print out always fits on a single page!

The keyboard shortcuts in this lesson are:

CTRL + P to print

Simple Printing

There's nothing more frustrating than scrolling down a huge spreadsheet, not being able to see your headings anymore, so you don't know what you are looking at!

Freezing is the way to get around this problem. It is so useful, I use this feature on every single workbook I have ever made! I'm pretty sure you will too.

Freezing For An Easier View

In this lecture we will take a look at Excel's built-in help function.

The help section of Excel is huge! Probably enough to fill a dozen books.

The keyboard shortcut for this lesson is:

F1 (at the top of your keyboard) gets you to Excel help.

Getting Help

Without doubt, one of the (other) most powerful tools in Excel...the Filter.

In this lesson you will learn what a filter is, how to add them, clear them, and generally manipulate them to quickly drill down to see exactly (and only) what you want to see.

You'll also learn how to instantly tell if you have any filters are applied (hint: look at the colour of the row numbers!).

I think you will be using these a lot!


In this lesson you will learn how to highlight cells in a myriad of colours.

You may want to do this to make certain things stand out (totals for example), or you may use highlighting to show certain cells contain formulas (so don't change them!), or you may choose to highlight cells to show that this is where data needs to be entered.

It's really quick, and really useful.

Highlighting Cells

Let's see how your doing!

Quiz Number 6
5 questions
+ Bonus Section - The Keyboard Shortcuts
2 lectures 18:03
This lesson is a recap of a bunch of the keyboard shortcuts you have learned to get you whizzing around Excel like a ninja!

The keyboard shortcuts in this lesson are:

CTRL + Arrow Keys to get to the far right, far left, the top or bottom of your data set

If you want to select a row or column, just hold down SHIFT with the above!

CTRL + Home to get to your home cell (the top left in your data set)

SHIFT + Page Up/Down to scroll whole pages at a time

CTRL + Page Up/Down to flip between sheets

CTRL + A to select all of your data table (and again for all of the sheet)

You'll also learn a nifty trick with the format painter!

Bonus 1 Whizzing Around Excel

This lesson is a recap of the keyboard shortcuts you have learned to get you whizzing around Excel like a super-ninja!

The keyboard shortcuts in this lesson are:

CTRL + C to Copy

CTRL + X to Cut (X looks like scissors, and scissors cut!)

CTRL + V to paste what you've just copied

CTRL + R to fill Right

CTRL + D to fill Down

CTRL + B to Bold your text

CTRL + I to apply Italics

CTRL + U to Underline

CTRL + Z to Undo

CTRL + Y to Redo

CTRL + F to Find

CTRL + H to Replace

CTRL + N to create a new workbook

CTRL + O to Open an existing workbook

CTRL + P to Print

CTRL + S to Save

Wow, that's a lot of shortcuts!

Again, thank you for taking this course, I hope you enjoyed it!

Remember, if you have any questions, please post them in the forum and I will answer them for you!


Bonus 2 Keyboard Shortcuts
+ Bonus Section: Absolute and Relative Cell References
4 lectures 09:16
A1 Style - Relative Relative
$A$1 Style - Absolute Absolute
$A1 Style - Absolute Relative
A$1 Style - Relative Absolute
+ Bonus Section: Student Questions Answered!
3 lectures 30:24

In this first bonus lecture, we will look at reverse engineering a form used by one of our community. There is a lot of ground covered in here, but you may find some gems that make it all click!

Reverse Engineering A Sample Spreadsheet
Casing And Text Functions
Level 1 SQA 03 - Charts From A Filtered List