Microsoft Excel - Getting Started With The Basics

Learn to use Functions & Formulas, Charts, Filters, Keyboard Shortcuts & More for Excel 2010, Excel 2013, Excel 2016

Microsoft Excel - Getting Started With The Basics, where you can learn how to get the most out of Excel, even if you are a complete beginner!

You will learn all about Excel cells, Excel rows & columns, how to speed up your work with Excel sheets and easiest ways of sorting & filtering data in Excel. We will explore some of the most popular Excel charts and Excel functions and from there we will dive into best practices to make sure you know how to effectively use Microsoft Excel.

"Useful and easy to follow. Great teacher. I'm self-taught on excel and have used for 17 years.... learning so much from this course that is already speeding up my work!"
- G Wilkinson

"This course is exactly as described: a beginner's tutorial on the most basic and fundamental aspects of Excel. I haven't used Excel in almost a decade and needed a refresher to see if I still remembered the most important aspects, and while I definitely do, I also learned a lot of new and interesting tips and techniques (like different ways to force a worksheet to print on a single page). The instructor was articulate, friendly, and concise. This was a perfect "Basics" course!"
- Vivian P.

"The pace of tutoring and interactivity made the information easy to understand."
- G Parker

As your instructor, I will use my experience of Excel training in some of the biggest UK companies to guide you step by step on your way of mastering the basics of Microsoft Excel. Whether you're looking to do your job faster, wow your boss, step up your data analysis game using Microsoft Excel or to improve your resume, you are in the right place.

Course access includes comprehensive workbook with examples, 1-on-1 tutor support, lifetime access and a 100% money-back guarantee!

"The pace of tutoring and interactivity made the information easy to understand."
- Garith Parker

"Useful and easy to follow. Great teacher. Im self taught on excel and have used for 17 years.... learning so much from this course that is already speeding up my work!"
- Graham Wilkinson

Learning Excel is a bit like building a brick wall. Many beginners have a basic foundation - they understand the essentials of spreadsheets. Then they start piling on a few bricks here and there. But as their wall of knowledge is constructed, it's full of holes. Eventually they hit a point where their wall can't sustain any more weight and it collapses. What a waste of time!

This course takes a step-by-step approach to working with Excel. Each lesson builds upon the previous one, so your wall is solid. So whether you're looking to do your job better, or if you're looking to improve your resume, you are in the right place.

A comprehensive workbook with examples is included to save you time. You can also ask me any questions via the course discussion board!

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Your Instructor

Martyn Blythin
Martyn Blythin

Hi, I'm Martyn. I started Data Minded to help you to get better at Excel and to get your next promotion, job or raise. Our courses are a little different to most - you'll learn the most powerful functionality in Excel through in depth online courses, ongoing learning through case studies and exercises, as well as a fantastic online student community to share your experiences of breaking through the career ladder with better skills.

If you want to stop drifting and start learning Excel, you are in the right place. Welcome!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is DataMinded?
DataMinded is an online Excel training provider for individuals and businesses that helps students become expert Excel users as quickly as possible. We are based in Edinburgh but you can take a course from the comfort of your home or office.
What versions of Excel can I use on this DataMinded course?
The course is recorded in Excel 2016 for Windows, also known as Excel 365. Any Windows version of Excel from 2007 onwards is suitable for the course, although buttons and menus may look slightly different. Excel for Mac 2013 onwards is suitable for the course, although the interface does look different, we note where specific functionality is not available. The course is not suitable for Excel for Mac 2011 or Excel for iOS, due to its limited functionality. The course does not cover other spreadsheet packages such as OpenOffice, or Numbers for Mac.
What difficulty level is this course?
This is a course for absolute beginners to Excel. No previous experience necessary.
How long is the course?
The course contains over 2.5 hours of HD video, downloadable Excel fact sheets, online quizzes, and practice exercises. You can also download the examples used in each lesson to try it out for yourself.
When does the Excel course start?
This is a self paced learning course. Start whenever you are ready, you'll never lose access to the content.
Is the Excel training course mobile friendly?
Yes, you can take any of the lessons on a smartphone, although to do the challenges, you'll want to be on a laptop or desktop.
What if Microsoft bring out a new version of Excel?
As Excel geeks ourselves, we're always on the lookout for new Excel functionality. When Microsoft release a new version we will update the course with any relevant new material.
What tactics am I going to learn that other courses don’t teach?
All Excel courses will teach you how to do a VLOOKUP or how to use Pivot Tables, but DataMinded wanted to go one step further. You'll learn repeatable methods to create in depth data analysis, design great looking reports & dashboards, and be able to automate complex business processes. We believe that learning Excel is not just about what the buttons do - it's more about using those tools to methodically solve business data problems over and over again, getting your work right first time.
Can I expense this course, or have my employer pay for it?
Yes, most of our students have their course paid for by their employer, and there are significant discounts available for purchasing courses for a team.
What if I don't like the content?
We're confident you'll see a massive improvement in your Excel skills by taking the course, but if you're not happy you can get a full refund within 30 days of purchase. Just get in touch if you're experiencing any problems with the content.
How long will I have access to content?
The course includes unlimited access, and free updates.
Is this the best way to learn Excel?
Excel is one of the widest taught topics online - so we know there are countless other places you could go to study. Learning for free using tutorial websites, reading books or YouTube is fine, but it requires patience to learn by trial and error. We also know scores of colleagues and friends who have taken classroom based one day courses, and come away with a nice booklet, but no lasting ability to use Excel.
More questions?
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