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JOIN DESKBRIGHT'S COMMUNITY OF THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS TO LEARN INCREDIBLE FORMULAS AND FUNCTIONS THAT WILL HELP AUTOMATE YOUR WORK IN EXCEL.
Created: June 2016
About This Course
So, you use Excel at work. And, you’ve got a handle on the basics. But you’ve got a feeling that if you just knew a little bit more about the program, you could be way more productive at work.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to figure out how to begin. Online forums and websites are crammed with confusing information, and there’s so much content out there that it’s tough to decide where to start.
Well, don’t worry — Deskbright is here to help! We’ve identified Excel’s most important features and bundled them into a series of engaging videos that make learning spreadsheets easy.
In this advanced course, we’ll cover lookups — some of Excel’s most powerful features. From common functions like VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP through more advanced formulas, we’ll cover everything you need to know to become a pro.
In this course, we'll follow a fictional company called SnackWorld as it uses Excel to extract valuable insights from its business data. All of our lessons are based on real-world uses of these functions, so you'll get to see live applications of everything you learn. You’ll get over an hour of easy-to-understand video, taught by master Excel instructor Sam McIntire. Plus, comprehensive exercises and answer keys to go along with every function you’ll learn — and a comprehensive culminating exercise to test your skills.
It’s time to stop wondering, and take your potential into your own hands. With a little bit of practice, you can make your work work look easy!
About The Instructor
This course is taught by master Excel instructor Sam McIntire of Deskbright. Through his website, Sam has helped thousands of students just like you learn the skills they need to thrive at work. Sam:
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|Section 1: Introduction|
Welcome to Deskbright's Advanced Excel Lookups course! This brief overview will explain the course format and show you all the exciting things you're about to learn.
|Section 2: Basic lookups|
Seen frequently in spreadsheets worldwide, VLOOKUP is the most basic of Excel's lookup functions. It will allow us to look up a value in a table based on a given index and lookup column.
VLOOKUP's lesser-known cousin HLOOKUP will allow you to perform lookups on a horizontal table rather than a vertical one.
|Section 3: Improving our lookups with INDEX MATCH|
INDEX MATCH is the lookup that we recommend using in most real-world Excel scenarios. It's actually a combination of two separate functions — INDEX and MATCH — which can be used together to work in almost any situation.
There's more to the MATCH function than just exact matches. We can also use 'greater than' or 'less than' matches to look up values based on custom-designed thresholds.
|Section 4: Advanced lookups|
INDEX MATCH isn't just for one-dimensional lookups. We can add another MATCH function onto our INDEX formula to look up based on a row and column at the same time.
We can also use INDEX MATCH to look up a value or string based on multiple criteria rather than a single value. To do this, we'll have to leverage Excel's advanced array formulas.
|Section 5: Helper functions|
INDIRECT is used to convert a string of text into a cell reference. This allows us to use string functions to create dynamic references to other sheets, tables, and workbooks.
OFFSET is another function that can assist us with our lookups. It's used to displace a given range of data by a specified number of rows and columns, and can be used when looking up based on multiple tables.
|Section 6: Tying it all together|
It's time to test our lookup skills in the real world! The SnackWorld CEO wants you to create a customer information sheet to prepare her for high-priority sales calls.
Sam McIntire is a master Excel instructor and founder of Deskbright, an online learning platform dedicated to helping people thrive at work. His internationally-known tutorials have helped tens of thousands of students around the world learn the Excel skills they need to succeed.
Sam started out as a management consultant, where he learned Excel on the job in one of the country's highest-performing firms.