Excel for the Real World: Gain the Basic Skills of Microsoft Excel

Al Chen, Excel Developer & Trainer

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10 Videos (1h 2m)
    • Trailer

    • Using the Ribbon

    • Workbook Structure

    • Formatting

    • Formatting Continued

    • Selecting Data

    • Writing Formulas

    • Writing Formulas Continued

    • Lists & Sorting

    • Paste Special


About This Class

Spend less time formatting and manipulating data, and more time presenting insights.

Microsoft Excel is an essential tool for organizing and understanding data about the world you live in! This is the first part of a 3-part series on learning to use Excel from the producers of KeyCuts. In this first class, Excel I, we will walk through the interface to help you become familiar with Excel. You will learn to navigate your way through all necessary functions of the software, understand practical applications, and gain the confidence to use it for your information needs. Whether you are new to Excel or are looking for a refresher on how to use Excel to analyze data, this class is for you. 

Learn by doing.

You'll follow along with me in the Excel for the Real World file I have provided under the "Your Project" tab (in this tab see the "Attached Files" section). Then, it's your turn to submit a project! Find some data from a project you are working on (or someone sent you some data in Excel) and filter/sort the data, write some formulas, and apply the techniques that data analysts use every day!

What You'll Learn

  • Using the Ribbon. Use the Ribbon to your advantage by clicking on different buttons and customizing the ribbon to fit your needs.
  • Structuring Your Workbook. We'll cover cells in a worksheet and how worksheets fit into a workbook.
  • Formatting. Get a little artsy in Excel!
  • Selecting Data. Select the data and smartly "autofill" data.
  • Writing Formulas. Write basic formulas and do a deep dive on the popular VLOOKUP formula.
  • Listing and Sorting. Organize your data so that it's easier to analyze.
  • Using Paste Special. We will see how the Paste Special menu lets you do things above and beyond copy-and-paste.

Also see: Excel for the Real World II: Double Your Excel Speed with Keyboard Shortcuts, & Excel for the Real World III: Create a Data-Driven Presentation from Excel to PowerPoint


Data drives all decisions, regardless of the business or industry you work on. You need to know how to organize it! Data is power! This Excel series will not only develop your technical skills, but also help you work with data in an efficient, smart way.

Note: The version of Excel used in this class is Max Excel 2011, but the concepts apply to both PC and Mac.

287 of 294 students recommendSee All

Simple stuff mixed in with some more difficult concepts and actions that Al explains extremely well. All in all most of everything here is fundamental to laying a sound foundation in one's use of Excel :0
Very easy to follow and informative.
It is was a great course. RIGHT ON POINT and precise. Thanks a lot. It was really helpful.





Al Chen

Excel Developer & Trainer

Al didn't know how to use Excel at all until he became a financial analyst at Google. he used to think that people who were efficient with Excel were the anti-social data nerds who thought a fun weekend meant writing formulas in spreadsheets! He was very wrong...

Little did he know, his job required him to learn Excel to efficiently analyze data. He started to understand the power that data analysis has for making decisions. He founded KeyCuts, an Excel training company where or main product is a silicone keyboard cover teaching you Excel keyboard shortcuts for Excel on the Mac.

He is an instructor at NYU Stern and Columbia Business School in NYC teaching MBA students how to be faster in Excel