Microsoft Excel: Starter Guide

New to Excel or don't use it often? Here's your free guide to get started.
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A complete guide for using Microsoft Excel starting with the most basic steps.


  • Be able to download and install Microsoft Office / Excel.


This free class is meant for those who need Excel training from the very beginning. I will help you build confidence in using Excel to its full potential and provide you with the skills to navigate Excel efficiently. By the end of the course, you will be able to use Excel for a variety of decision making scenarios. Excel is one of the most powerful software tools ever built. It is just as effective at keeping a grocery list as it is at  crunching numbers for a Fortune 500 business. You will immediately create value for your own organization or your employer by learning the Excel skills taught in this class. I hope you enjoy it.

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner Excel users who want a step-by-step guide to build confidence with the software.

Course content

5 sections45 lectures3h 25m total length
  • Opening Excel and creating a new sheet
  • Saving Excel files
  • The important file types
  • The formula bar
  • Adding, Modifying, and Deleting data in cells
  • Creating a new workbook
  • Develop the habit of using file... save as
  • The important data types


University Professor
Eric Arseneau, Ph.D.
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I am an entrepreneurship professor at Florida Gulf Coast University. My educational background includes an MBA from Eastern Illinois University and Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from Oklahoma State University. My professional experience is in healthcare analytics and one of my passions is using software to optimize productivity. I joined Udemy as an instructor to make my class content more accessible for my students and the online learning community. My teaching style is to go slow through material and thoroughly cover every topic. Skip over the content you have mastered, and enjoy the rest.