Excel 2016 - The Excel Mastery Course (Beginner to Advanced)
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The Complete Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced Excel course. Be a Microsoft Excel Pro (use w/Excel 2010, 2013 or 2016)
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Created by Steve McDonald
Last updated 9/2017
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  • 12.5 hours on-demand video
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  • 30 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • Feel confident using Excel in the workplace.
  • Be able to create and navigate Excel spreadsheets.
  • Be able to create tables, charts, pivot tables and more.
  • Use all of the most common formulas and functions.
  • Use keyboard shortcuts and productivity hacks to get more done faster.
  • While I can't make promises, my goal is to help you get the raise, promotion, or new job that you deserve.
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  • You should have basic computer skills.
  • You should have a PC (you can get by with a Mac, but this course is not specifically designed for Mac users)

Welcome to the Biggest Microsoft Excel 2016 Course on Udemy.

Excel is one of the most important skills in today's job market. Having a solid working knowledge of Excel can improve your job performance, help you qualify for raises and promotions, or even help you land that new career that you deserve.

If you need to know Excel, you're in the right place. 

This course walks you through Excel from the very basics of opening Excel all the way to advanced Excel skills, like pivot tables and macros, used by the pros.

While I can't make promises, my goal with this course is to give you the skills you need to get that raise, promotion, or new job you deserve.

This course was created using Excel 2016, but it is good for versions 2013 and 2010 as well. It was created for use with a PC (personal computer). Mac (Macintosh) users can still benefit from this course, but will need to do some outside research to learn keyboard shortcuts and other things that are Mac specific.

We'll start at the very beginning, with opening and saving a worksheet in Excel. 

I'll show you what all the tools do and walk you through each Excel skill that you need to know.

I'll show you how to enter and format your data and how to create charts, tables and pivot tables so you can organize and analyze your data. I'll teach you amazing keyboard shortcuts to make your work faster and more productive. You'll learn how to record macros so you can do a whole series of actions with the just click of a button.

When you're finished with this course, you'll be a pro at Excel. You'll know more than many office workers who use Excel every day.

The course comes with a certificate of completion, a full 30-day money back guarantee, and I'm always available to answer questions or share additional resources if you get stuck.

Thanks for checking out the Biggest Excel 2016 Course on Udemy. 

I'll see you in the course!

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants or needs to learn Microsoft Excel for their work.
  • Anyone who wishes to improve their job or career prospects in an office environment.
  • Design for beginners who are brand new to Excel (also suitable for intermediate Excel users who want to improve).
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Curriculum For This Course
102 Lectures
Introduction to the Course
4 Lectures 30:23

Welcome to the Complete Excel 2016 Course. This is the biggest 2016 course on the platform! In this lecture I'm going to walk you through the highlights of what you'll learn. By the end of this course, you're going to feel comfortable with Excel and confident in your ability to use it.

Preview 06:21

There are 3 things you can do to get more out of this course.

  1. Use the speed control to speed up or slow down lectures so you can best understand the audio
  2. Beginners, go through the whole course start to finish. Experienced Excel users should skip to the parts they need to learn.
  3. Download and use the Excel workbook provided. Practice with them as you go through the lectures.
Preview 05:19

This lecture is a complete tour of the various Excel dashboards and interfaces. It will show you how to use the tabs and ribbons at the top of an Excel workbook, how to navigate the file menu to save, print and customize documents in Excel. And it gives you a tour of the many features and tools available to you in Excel 2016.

Preview 09:47

Templates are an often overlooked aspect of Excel. Using the right template can save you tons of time creating and formatting your own spreadsheets. It also allows you to take advantage of Excel tools and features that you wouldn't otherwise learn to use.

Even though templates are ready to use, they still require an understanding of the way Excel works. After you complete this course you'll not only be able to create and use many Excel functions and features, you'll also be able to better utilize templates because you'll have the understanding to use them correctly and even to modify them to best suit your needs.

Preview 08:56

What have you learned so far?

Test Your Knowledge
2 questions
Creating Your First Excel Document
5 Lectures 21:43

The first step to successfully creating your first spreadsheet is
opening and saving a document. This lecture will show you how to do that
and how to save it to a place where you can find it later.

Preview 02:42

Quickly learn how to enter data into cells in your worksheet and move from cell to cell.
Preview 02:52

Learn how to create simple but powerful addition and multiplication
formulas. These will prepare you to do the calculations necessary for
the Kitchen Remodeling Cost worksheet later in the course.

Preview 07:03

In this lecture I'll show you the difference between a workbook and a
worksheet. I'll also teach you various ways of moving, copying, renaming
and managing your worksheets within, and between different workbooks.

Preview 08:42

Activity. Now it's time to put what you have learned into practice.

Put Your Knowledge to Work - Create Your First Excel Document
Create a Kitchen Remodel Cost Worksheet
5 Lectures 19:19

First, in this lecture I'll give you a quick tour of the finished product of the Kitchen Remodel Costs Worksheet. Then I'll show you how to create and format your heading.

Note: You can download the finished worksheet here so you can practice creating and changing the formatting and formulas used in this section.

Preview 03:24

In this lecture, first, you'll learn how to add subheadings to your columns and format them. Then you'll learn how to enter your list of materials into your first column and sort the list alphabetically.

Formatting Subheadings and Columns and Alphabetizings Lists

Now it's time to enter your quantities and costs and format them to look like numbers and dollar amounts.
Entering and Formatting Numbers

In this lecture I'll show you how to use the multiplication and addition formulas that we learned earlier to calculate your total costs for each of your materials, as well as a grand total for the entire remodeling project.

Create Formulas to Quickly Calculate Your Costs

In this lecture I'll show you how to do some final formatting to your worksheet. I'll show you how to add a few more colors and add grid lines to your worksheet to define your data a little bit more.

Formatting - Grids and Spacing

Let's see what you've learned.

Test Your Knowledge
3 questions
Introduction to Excel Formulas and Functions
3 Lectures 14:32

There is a lot to learn in this section. This lecture gives you an overview of all of the different functions you are going to learn including:

  • IF
Preview 04:00

This lecture defines a formula and shows you how a formula can help you do calculations in Excel.
What is a Formula and What Can It DO for You?

A function is a piece of pre-defined code that you can use as part of your formula to increase the power of your calculations. This lecture shows you the power that a function has over simple formulas. It also shows you where to find functions and how to use them.

What is a Function and What Does IT Do?

Let's see what you've learned in this section.

Test Your Knowledge
4 questions
3 Things to Know Before You Start Using Functions
3 Lectures 17:13

In this lecture I break down a basic formula into 6 main parts and show you how each part behaves as part of a formula.

The anatomy of an Excel formula is all of the numbers, words and symbols that make up a formula. These are all very important to understand because it enables you to create, modify or correct formulas to do the big calculations for you, saving you lots of time and effort.

This lecture will answer these questions:

  • What is the equals sign for in an Excel formula?
  • What do the parentheses do in an Excel formula?
  • How do you write the cell reference as a range of cells?
  • What is an operator?
  • What order of operations does Excel follow?
The Anatomy of a Formula

This lecture will show you some strategies and shortcuts to quickly and easily select cells for use in your formulas.

Quickly Select Cells to Use in Your Formula

Most formulas that you create in Excel reference relative cells by default. However, by creating absolute cell references you can incorporate a fixed cell into your equation while still being able to copy the formula to other cells. This lecture will show you the difference between absolute and relative cell references, and it will show you useful ways to use them in formulas.

Absolute vs. Relative Cell References

Let's see what you've learned in this section.

Test Your Knowledge
4 questions
How to Use the 7 Most Popular Excel Functions
8 Lectures 53:15

You will learn so much faster and remember what you learn longer if you
use the downloads in this course to follow along with the lectures. By
using the downloads you'll have the same Excel file open that I'm using
in the lecture, so you can enter formulas and do calculations right
along with me.

How to Use the Downloads to Learn Functions Faster


The COUNT and COUNTA functions will tell you how many cells in your
selected range have data in them. COUNT tells you how many cells have a
number in them. And COUNTA tells you how many cells have any entry,
whether it is a number or text. In this lecture I'll show you how these
functions would be useful for determining the active number of sales
reps in a list.


The IF function is a simple but powerful calculating tool. Essentially the IF function says, "If ____ is true, display this result. If _____ is not true, display this other result."

The result could be a number, text or a complex calculation.

This lecture will show you how to use the IF function in Excel using both text and a numerical calculation.

IF Functions

Just like the SUM function, the SUMIF and SUMIFS functions are adding numbers in a range of cells. The difference is that these functions can be set up to only add up the numbers that meet certain criteria in another selected range of cells.

SUMIF works with one other range of cells and SUMIFS works with multiple conditions and multiple ranges of cells.

SUMIF and SUMIFS Functions

In Excel, the COUNTIF and COUNTIFS functions are similar to the SUMIF and SUMIFS functions in that they allow you to do a calculation that takes additional criteria into account.


The VLOOKUP function is one of the most popular functions in Excel. It takes a little bit of getting used to, but once you master this function you can do powerful searches and sort through massive amounts of data in vertical lists. This lesson will show you:

  • The rules you need to follow to successfully create a VLOOKUP function.
  • How to create a table so you can add rows to your data and your VLOOKUP will still find your new data.
  • How to use the VLOOKUP function to pull data from a vertical list.
VLOOKUP Function

The LEFT, RIGHT and MID functions in Excel, allow you to sort data quickly and easily from a fixed width string. A fixed width string is a set of numbers in a list that all contain the same number of characters and that all follow the same format.

For example, in the rep ID Code 1JEA from our lesson:

  • The 1 is the rep ID number
  • The J is the rep's first initial
  • The E stands for East region
  • The A is the rep's sales group

You'll see in the lecture that all of the rep ID codes follow the same format and have the same number of characters. That allows us to use the LEFT, RIGHT and MID functions to sort that code into a number of other columns that make the data easier to read and to use.

LEFT, RIGHT and MID Functions
Other Popular Excel Functions
7 Lectures 44:44

Many students of Excel have told me that Concatenate is their number one favorite function. Concatenate basically just combines text from different cells into one cell. This can save you a ton of time doing monotonous data entry.

For example, if you have a column of first names and a column of last names, you can quickly and easily combine them into a third column using the Concatenate function.

You can take Bob and Smith and combine them to say Bob Smith.

CONCATENATE - Combining Text

The LEN function in Excel basically just counts the number of characters in a string of text. LEN is not used on it's own very often, but when used in conjunction with other functions it can be a huge time saver.

LEN - Length of Text

The FIND and SEARCH functions in Excel are very similar to each other. Both are designed to search for any given character or string of characters within a given string and return a number indicating where it begins within that string. The main difference between the two is that SEARCH is not case sensitive and FIND is case sensitive.

For example, if you want to find the word "West", the SEARCH function will find it even if you are searching for "west", while the FIND function will not unless you look for the word "West".


Min and Max will bring back the minimum or maximum number from a selected range of cells. In this lecture I show you how to use them. I also show you how to create an array formula that does calculations on multiple columns of cells. We'll combine the Min and Max functions with an IF function to search first by a sales rep's name and then bring back the Min and Max of that rep's sales.


The AND and OR functions are simple functions that compare two logical arguments. Alone, they are pretty basic, but nested within an IF function they can be quite powerful.

In this lecture I'll show you how to use both the AND and OR functions. Then I'll show you how to next an AND function within an IF function to bring back more relevant and intuitive results in your spreadsheet.

AND and OR

In this lecture I'll teach you how to use 5 different rounding functions:

  1. ROUND
  5. FLOOR

These are very powerful functions that can be used not only to round numbers, but to catch and fix math errors when working with dollars and cents, and to calculate prices quickly and easily.


Conditional formatting is amazing. It applies simple formatting such as colors or icons to your cells based on the values in your cells. It can apply colors based on which cells are greater than or less than a number. It can even apply different colors based on formulas that you create. And that's not all it does. Once you've added conditional formatting to a range of cells you can then sort the entire range according to your formatting for quick analysis and organization of your data.

In this lecture I'll show you how to use conditional formatting in Excel and how to use conditional formatting within a table to quickly sort and analyze your data.

Conditional Formatting
Creating Charts From Your Spreadsheet
6 Lectures 37:21
Charts Download

Charts take boring data and turn it into a visual story. In this lecture I'll show you some of the possibilities of what you can do with charts and then we'll dive right into creating a chart from our Kitchen Remodel Costs worksheet.

Preview 07:14

Now that you've created a chart, let's do some formatting to make it look awesome!

In this lecture I'll show you how to resize your chart, change the color and width of your columns, add and delete different elements from your chart and how to change the title. At the end of this lecture you'll be able to create a beautiful, professional looking chart from your spreadsheet.

Format Your Chart

A bar chart in Excel is basically a column chart turned on it's side. The benefit of a bar chart is that it adds emphasis to differences in values because the bars stretch farther across the page.

In this lecture we'll create a bar chart and we'll do some additional formatting to it to make the data really stand out.

Create a Bar Chart

Pie charts are great for showing percentages and how each individual part relates to the whole. In this lecture I'll show you how to create a pie chart in Excel from scratch. I'll also show you how you can easily convert an existing chart, such as the bar chart we created in the previous lecture, into a pie chart to save on formatting.

Create a Pie Chart

Line charts are best used to represent the change in a value over time. A good example of this is monthly sales numbers for a whole year. In this lecture I'll first show you how to quickly change our existing bar chart into a line chart. Then I'll show you how to use a new spreadsheet containing dates and sales numbers so you can see the best use of a line chart in Excel.

Create a Line Chart
Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts
6 Lectures 44:05
Pivot Tables Download

Preparing your data is very important to the success of your pivot tables. In this lecture I'll show you how to clean up your data, put it in the proper format and organize it so that it will work well in a pivot table or pivot chart. Then we'll create a simple pivot table using the recommended pivot tables tool in Excel 2016.

Introduction to Pivot Tables - Preparing Your Data

Pivot tables can be intimidating, and the reason is that many people don't understand the 4 main parts of a pivot table and how they work. In this lecture I'll show you exactly where those parts are in the pivot table and what they do.

In the process I'll show you how to test and build a pivot table using all 4 parts. In the next lecture we'll really get to work using pivot tables to create quick calculations.

How to Create a Pivot Table

Now we're ready to put our pivot tables to work to do some fast calculations. In this lecture I'll show you a bunch of different ways that you can use your pivot table to quickly sort and organize your data. I'll also show you some formatting tips and general tips to make using pivot tables quicker and easier.

Put Your Pivot Table to Work

Pivot Charts Download

With Pivot Charts you can take the data from your pivot table and make it visually appealing. The awesome thing about Pivot Charts is that when you make changes to your pivot table it instantly changes your chart as well.

In this lecture I'll show you how to quickly create a Pivot Chart in Excel 2016 and I'll demonstrate how it changes as you change your pivot table.

Pivot Charts
New Features for Excel 2016
5 Lectures 38:19

There are lots of new features in Excel 2016. Among them are 3D Maps, 1-Click Forecasting, Share and Get and Transform. In this lecture I'll show you where to find each one and what it does. Later in the course I'll go into more detail with a few of the more important and interesting new features.

Preview 05:24

This lecture introduces you to the 6 new chart types for Excel 2016. These include:

  1. Histogram
  2. Pareto
  3. Treemap
  4. Sunburst
  5. Waterfall
  6. Box and Whisker

You'll see a preview of each of the charts as well as a detailed understanding of what each chart can be used for in a practical application.

6 New Chart Types for 2016

Essentially, the "Tell me what you want to do" feature is where you go for help in Excel 2016. Depending on what you type in, it will bring up functions and features of Excel that you can access directly, or it will bring up a list of help topics for further reading.

This lecture will show you the in's and out's of this feature and will help you to use it effectively.

"Tell Me What You Want To Do" - The New Help Feature

The new 1-click forecasting button allows you to create forecast sheets and charts quickly and easily. Once you click the button, it will also bring up a convenient dialogue box that allows you to change these options in your chart: seasonality, confidence intervals and forecast starting and ending dates.

1-Click Forecasting

Learn about some of the best new features of Excel 2016. This lecture shows you how to use the newly integrated 3D maps feature in Excel 2016. This feature is fun and easy to use. I'll show you a 3D maps tour that I created and then take you step by step through how I created it so you can create one for yourself. 3D maps is a graphically exciting feature, but it isn't just for fun. It has power data visualization and computing power build in, too.

3D Maps
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Learning is easier if you are given the right tools and instruction. In every one of my courses I take you step-by-step through the tools and knowledge you need to accomplish your goals.

My talent is taking complex subjects (like Excel) and making them simple to learn. I wasn't always good at technology. There was a time when I didn't even know how to correctly turn a computer on and off. But over the past 20 years I've dedicated countless hours to learning about technology. Now I'm proud to call myself a self-taught technology geek. 

The benefit to you is that I'm a geek who still speaks the language of normal human beings. I will never use a word that you aren't familiar with, without showing you what it means and how to use it to your benefit.

I understand how frustrating it can be when the instructor goes too fast or leaves out critical steps in the learning process. That's why I make sure to clearly demonstrate each step for you visually, so you can follow along starting from the very beginning and going along until you've reached mastery.

I am here to guide you on your way to success. You can contact me at any step of the way for assistance. Let me know when you're struggling with a concept and I'll get right back to you to keep you moving in the right direction.

I'm always happy to help.

I believe in you, and I'm here to support you in your learning process.

Are you ready to take your skills to the next level? It all starts with knowledge, and my courses make that part easy.

Sign up for a course today and I'll help you reach the level of success you deserve. 

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