Microsoft Excel Essentials: Level 1 Basics - Master Excel Step-By-Step - Learn Excel Fundamentals!

Alan Jarvis, Everything Is Easy, Once You Know How

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53 Videos (3h 23m)
    • Introduction - Welcome To The Course

    • Opening Excel, & Creating A Shortcut

    • The Anatomy Of A Workbook

    • A Quick Review Of What's Where

    • Always Do This FIRST! - Save Your New Workbook

    • Let's Enter Some Data - Text

    • Editing Data - Text

    • Ooops. I Made A Mistake - Undo and Redo

    • Changing The Appearance Of Text With Formatting - Fonts

    • A Quick Word On Formatting

    • Formatting Text - Alignment

    • Saving Time with AutoFilling Sequences

    • POWER USER - Adding Your Own Lists To Autofill

    • Saving Time with Format Painter

    • Changing The Column Width

    • Merge And Centre

    • Entering Data - A Couple Of Shortcuts

    • Sums - The Old Fashioned Way!

    • Sums - Using Autosum

    • Copying Formulas

    • SUMming Horizontally

    • Basic Formulas - Subtraction

    • Basic Formulas - Multiplication

    • Basic Formulas - Division

    • Average Function

    • The Order Of Mathematical Operation

    • POWER USER - Evaluate Formula Function

    • Inserting New Columns And Rows

    • Moving Existing Columns And Rows

    • Cutting, Copying, Inserting And Deleting

    • Hiding Columns And Rows

    • ROUNDing Functions

    • Formatting Numbers

    • A Primer On Building Complex Formulas

    • Building A Complex Formula

    • Sorting

    • Wrapping Text And Soft Enter

    • Adding A New Worksheet

    • Creating A Simple Chart

    • Adding Borders

    • Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar

    • Simple Printing

    • Freezing For An Easier View

    • Getting Help

    • Filters

    • Highlighting Cells

    • Closing - Thank You!

    • Bonus 1 Whizzing Around Excel Revision

    • Bonus 2 Keyboard Shortcuts

    • A1 Style - Relative Relative

    • $A1 Style - Absolute Relative

    • $A$1 Style - Absolute Absolute

    • A$1 Style - Relative Absolute


About This Class


Master Excel, Step-by-step

Excel: Master the fundamentals of Excel easily! The complete step-by-step guide for complete beginners.

Next to soft skills, being able to use Microsoft Excel well is probably one of the most sought after skills employers are looking for in todays competitive market. Make sure you can compete…

  • Do you want to master one of the must have skills for any work place?
  • Are you willing to invest a little time now for your own future?
  • Want to learn some powerful, little known tools that most users don't know about?
  • Do you want to get ahead of your competition?

If you are a complete beginner looking to master Excel, or you just want to brush up on the basics, you've come to the right place. If you want to earn more money by developing a skill set that todays employers demand, this is the course is for you!

Getting to grips with Excel will give you a distinct advantage in whatever work you currently do, and can open the door to new opportunities. Many of my students have gone on to get better paying jobs, or even start their own businesses, using the very skills you will soon master.

I spent over 20 years mastering Excel, so you don't have to!

In this course we cover in detail all of the basic functions of Excel, and you will learn not only how to use it, but some powerful tools to allow you understand how it works. There is a difference between repeating something and understanding it.

Who is this course aimed at?

Complete beginners, and those who want to build a solid foundation upon which to build their skills.

How is it structured?

Together we concentrate on building a single complete project from scratch, using all the basic functions and give you a thorough understanding. I know your time is valuable, so most lectures are between 3-5 minutes, allowing you to dip in and out when it's convenient for you. This also maximizes your learning, and makes it easy if you need to go back to refresh your need to click through a 40 minute lecture to find what you're looking for!...all designed to optimize your learning.

What do I get with this course?

  • Lifetime access to over 4 hours of content.
  • Over 50 bite-size lectures, each covering a specific topic in detail. Some of which I have never seen taught before!
  • Downloadable source file, and pdfs that you can take with you and quickly refer back to if you are away from home.
  • Access to the forum, so if you have any questions, you can ask me!

Why take THIS course?

I have been using Excel for over 20 years, but there is a difference between being good at something and being able to teach it. In that time I have taught hundreds of people how to master its power. Because I have taught so many people, I know not to assume you already understand something, and I have probably already heard every question you are likely to have.

This course took over 4 months to produce, and has been tested extensively with scores of people. If something didn't work, or wasn't clear, it was revised until it did. Of course, we never stop learning, and I will continue to develop this course and your skills with your feedback. And remember, if you have a question, post it in the forum and I will answer it for you personally.

Get this course now, and...enjoy!



7 of 7 students recommendSee All

Alan is a great teacher, with a very relaxed manner, which makes following his lectures a treat. Apart from a slight sense of disjointedness towards the end, when some features seemed to be out of sequence, I found the whole course very enlightening. Thank you, Alan.
Started with the basics that made me more confident and then I learned lots of things I didn't even know was possible. Excited to use what I've learned! It has already helped me so much! Thank you Alan!!





Alan Jarvis

Everything Is Easy, Once You Know How

Hi, my name is Alan!

I have almost thirty years of experience in teaching various subjects and have held senior management positions at several blue chip and Times Top 100 companies. I now specialise in consultancy, interim work and teaching.

My love for Excel began soon after the program was released. Back then, we really only used it for typing tables in our production planning department. If you can believe it, I was taught to then calculate with a calculator and TYPE the answers into'd be surprised how many people I meet who still do this!

There were two turning points for me in my journey. The first was a chance conversation with one of our accountants when I was complaining how slow it was to keep having to flip between worksheets to see different bits of data. He introduced me to VLookups and a new world of possibilities opened up. I found that I need never have huge paper accountancy pads (remember those?) and a calculator to produce a production plan again! Suddenly, I could produce my plan in 15 minutes, rather than the day and a half it used to take. I began delving into other features of Excel, and finding ways to incorporate them into the planning "system" I had created, and remember this was back in the day when the internet hadn't been invented! Through trial and error, I refined my Workbook until I could chomp through days of work in seconds, and what's more, using these powerful features of Excel, I could optimise our production runs to get more output from the same working week, something that had never been done before. Promotion soon followed, and I became the "go to guy" for anything Excel related. This was the 90's.

Then, in manufacturing, came the MRP revolution. We had an army of programmers developing a system for us. This was my second turning point. I was awestruck with coders. The skill they had, and how clever they were, and that they were smart enough to go to university in the first place. I wasn't like that. I had no formal education beyond primary and secondary school, but a really cool programmer named Mark let me into a secret...

He said "If you can describe, step by step, how to cross the road without getting killed, you can be a programmer". I recorded my first macro, and took a peek under the hood. I deconstructed the VBA code, and played with it until I understood what everything did. Then I changed it to make it do what I needed it to do. 

Since then, I have developed accountancy systems, simple planning systems, full blown MRP systems and scores of stand alone "helper" systems to simplify and speed up work in almost every department in every company I have worked in. Some of the solutions I created 20 years ago are still being used today! If you doubt the power of Excel, it may surprise you to learn that you can run the procurement of a £1.3b (yes, billion) company with an Excel file with a bit of coding behind it. This is a skill that people will pay highly for!

Not everyone wants to go that far, so over the years I have taught people to create efficient solutions for themselves, either with or without coding. Those who took the time to learn have since had multiple promotions, or have started their own businesses! At the very least, they are getting more work done in less time with less headaches :)

If you are a complete beginner, just want to polish up your skills, or want to create sophisticated super efficient solutions for your business or personal life, my series of courses will help you achieve that. All you need is a little time, and a willingness to learn...I'm looking forward to working with you.