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Do you struggle with Excel?
Have you ever wasted hours working on a spreadsheet, because you didn’t know the right formula to save you time?
Have you ever felt intimidated when asked to do something in Excel, because it seemed so complicated?
Maybe you’ve tried other Excel courses online but found them boring or time constraining.
You are not alone.
When it comes to Excel, many of us lack the skills to find the answers we need.
And it’s no secret that subpar Excel abilities could seriously impact your career.
Improving your Excel skills will not only help you get your work done faster, it can also lead to better job opportunities and increased earnings.
In fact, getting an Excel certification has been shown to boost your salary by 12% on average compared to your non-certified colleagues.
The GoSkills Basic and Advanced Excel training online can quickly get you up to speed with Excel, taking you from complete novice to Excel ninja.
Over 51,000 people like you have learned practical, actionable Excel skills from this online course to help them work smarter every single day.
In this course, you will learn:
By the end of the course, you will be equipped with the real-world Excel knowledge you need to accomplish your daily tasks with ease.
And your sought-after Excel certification can help you impress your employer and improve your career prospects.
Who is this course for?
This online course is suitable for anyone who wants to learn Excel. No prior knowledge of Excel is required.
Whether you are a business professional, student, teacher, freelancer, or solopreneur, this training can benefit you and help you take your Excel skills to the next level.
Excel is the most used spreadsheet software across the globe, and is considered essential in many industries like administration, accounting, construction, real estate, sales and marketing to name a few.
What version of Excel do I need?
The course is compatible with Office 365 and Excel for Windows 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010. Also available: Excel for Mac.
Excel’s formula structure hasn't changed since Excel 95, so the functions and formulas from the course can be used with almost any version of Excel. If you are using an older version than 2010, your interface will differ slightly to what is shown in the videos.
I’m a beginner. Can I take this course?
Yes, you can! This online Excel course starts with the basics and is suitable for beginners. With each lesson, you will build your knowledge, going from beginner to intermediate and advanced lessons.
Once enrolled, our friendly support team and tutors are here to help with any course related inquiries.
What if I have some experience with Excel? Is this the right course for me?
If you already have some experience with Excel, you can take a placement test to find out which areas are your strengths, and which are your weaknesses. You then get a personalized syllabus to show you which lessons to focus on, saving you time and accelerating your learning.
If you prefer, you can skip the basic lessons and take our Advanced Excel course instead
How long does it take to complete the course?
The course is self-paced, so you can complete it in your own time. Each bite-sized lesson consists of a 3-6 minute video tutorial, a practice exercise, a quiz, and a reference guide. This microlearning format makes it easy to fit learning into your busy schedule, so you can even complete a lesson during a lunch break or on your commute.
If you spend 30 minutes on average per lesson, this is about 26 hours to complete the course.
We’ll encourage you throughout to help you stay motivated, and you can track your progress on your profile with stats on daily streaks, lessons completed, and time spent learning.
Do you have other online Excel courses?
Do you have any free Excel resources?
Can I train my team with GoSkills?
Can I use GoSkills at my university?
Yes, we work with many universities to provide access to courses for both staff and students. Contact us and we’d be happy to assist you.
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Estimated study time
26h for all materials
Getting to Know Excel
Identify the terminology and elements of the Ribbon.
The Work Surface
Recognize the main terms used to describe Excel’s work canvas.
Utilize the keyboard or mouse to select cells and ranges in a spreadsheet.
Create your first Excel file, enter data and create a table.
Format cells by selecting fonts and color fills to make information more attractive.
Utilize basic mathematics including multiplication and division in Excel.
Essential Formula Knowledge
Understanding Excel Formula Anatomy
Learn about working with absolute and relative cell referencing, and techniques for copying formulas.
Use to understand the anatomy of Excel functions, and what their components mean.
Learn basic math functions including SUM, ROUND and SUBTOTAL.
Learn basic statistical functions including COUNT, COUNTA, AVERAGE, MAX, MIN, MEDIAN and MODE.
Learn to build standalone logical IF functions, and make them more complex by nesting AND and OR within them.
Learn to break apart text with the LEFT, RIGHT, MID, FIND and SEARCH functions, and to combine text with the & character.
Understand how dates work in Excel using the TODAY, YEAR, MONTH, DAY and DATE functions.
Understand how time works in Excel, and how to change from whole numbers into time increments and back again.
Intermediate Formula Knowledge
Learn to work with formula auditing tools including tracing precedent and dependent cells and formula evaluation.
Learn to use SUMIF, COUNTIF and SUMPRODUCT to add cells only when certain conditions are met.
Learn about creating and updating external links, and about the potential dangers of external links in Excel.
Learn to work with the EOMONTH and EDATE functions that easily shift dates from one month or year to another.
VLOOKUP with Approximate Match
Learn to use VLOOKUP to find an approximate match and return it or the corresponding value from another column.
VLOOKUP with Exact Match
Learn to use VLOOKUP to find an exact match and return it or the corresponding value from another column.
Other Lookup Methods
Learn to work with INDEX, MATCH and HLOOKUP, as alternatives to the VLOOKUP function.
Learn to sort data in Excel by a single column or by multiple columns.
Learn to filter Excel data for specific words, dates, and apply multiple filters to a single data table.
Learn about creating named ranges, and the benefits of doing so.
Learn about creating Excel tables, and their advantages.
Learn to record basic Excel macros to automate your actions (instead of doing them manually).
Learn to create and modify basic PivotTables (for quickly summarizing and highlighting data).
Learn to control formatting and other options in PivotTables.
Calculated Fields in PivotTables
Learn to create and modify basic calculated fields for PivotTables.
Learn to perform what-if analysis in Excel using the Scenario Manager and Goal-Seek.
Getting and Transforming Data
If you work with PivotTables a lot, you know that they put information out the way users want to read it, but you can't use it to drive another PivotTable. So what if there was an easy way to unpivot the data? There is, and it's called Power Query!
Power Query is the best tool for consolidating your data so it's vertically contiguous (without blank rows or other garbage) – for Tables, PivotTables and Charts.
Importing Data from a Text File
Importing data from a text file into an Excel table using Power Query.
Appending tables is the process of stacking them vertically to create long tables that can be used to feed business intelligence solutions and PivotTables.
Presenting and Reporting
Learn to work with the Format Cells dialog to apply text rotation and borders, and to center data across multiple cells.
Learn about adding and working with Excel’s outlining tools to quickly hide irrelevant sections of your worksheet.
Custom Number Formats
Learn to build your own custom number formats to display dates, values and variances how you want to see them.
Conditional Formats with Built-In Rules
Learn to create top/bottom and highlight cell rules, as well as to apply icon sets and data bars.
Conditional Formats with Custom Rules
Learn to create custom conditional formatting rules based on formulas.
Building Column Charts
Learn how to create an effective column chart by reducing ink and 'noise' that distract from the main messages.
Building Bar Charts
How to create an effective bar chart by reducing ink and noise that distract from the story.
Building Pie Charts
Learn how to build an effective pie chart, and when you should and shouldn’t use them.
Building Line Charts
How to create an effective line chart through careful manipulation of chart elements to enhance its story telling ability.
Building Combination Line and Area Charts
When you want to graph 3 line series, but only want 2 in focus most of the time.
Validating and Updating
Learn how to use Data Validation to ensure that users enter valid data in input cells.
Data Validation Lists
Use to restrict users ability to enter invalid data in cells by providing them with a drop down list of valid options.
Comments & Notes
Learn about creating, reviewing and printing Excel comments, as well as how comments are evolving in Office 365.
Learn how to apply built-in number styles and create your own custom styles packages.
Preparing to Deploy
Learn how to create and manage Custom Views in a worksheet.
Page Setup Options
Learn about page setup options, fitting print jobs on a page, headers and footers, and other ways to customize print jobs.
Learn about the setup and weaknesses of Excel’s security systems.