Youtube spreadsheet tutorial

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Published in: Google Sheets - YouTube

A couple of YouTube videos, some simple Google formulas and a Google Spreadsheet - that’s all you need to quickly create a YouTube playlist. It will be an anonymous playlist, not connected to your YouTube channel, and may be a good way to bunch together multiple videos for easy sharing on WhatsApp, Twitter or an email newsletter.

Make YouTube Playlists with Google Sheets

To get started, open this Google Sheet and put the URLs (links) of YouTube videos in column A (one video per cell, starting with Cell A3). As you paste the video links in cell A, the column B gets populated with the video ID while column C will include a video thumbnail. This helps you double-check that the video URL is actually pointing to the intended video.

After you are done writing the video URLs, go to cell A1 (see tutorial) and you’ll find a link to your YouTube playlist ready for sharing with the world. If you add or remove videos from column A, the playlist link will be updated automatically. Simple. You can share the Google sheet with other people and collaborate together to build a YouTube playlist.

YouTube Playlist Generator - How It Works?

When you paste the video URL in column A, the REGEXTRACT formula uses the following regex to extract the ID of the YouTube video.

Once video ID is available, the IMAGE formula is used to create the video thumbnail for that YouTube video.

Now comes the most interesting part - generating the YouTube playlist. Well, that’s a simple URL hack where we concatenate the video IDs with the JOIN() method and make a live link using the HYPERLINK() method. `

Also see:  How to Copy YouTube Playlists

These YouTube playlists, generated on-the-fly, are not saved in your Google account. You can also build a permanent YouTube playlist where multiple people can collaborate with a Google Form and Google Scripts. Check out this project written by Martin Hawksey. Thank you Tor Halvor Solheim for the idea.

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Have you noticed there’s no way to create bookmarks within a YouTube video? I’ve always thought that it would be a great feature. Well, I have created an Excel template that can do this!


How Did I Get This Idea?

I wanted to do a post about Matt’s spreadsheet comedy. Writing down quotes was tedious so I pasted the transcript into Excel!










Download My Excel Template

YouTube Video Transcript Template.xlsx and (a) watch my video or (b) read instructions below.


YouTube Video (making a transcript of Matt’s video!)

Watch my YouTube video ! Or you can read the steps below.


Follow Steps Below To Set-up The Template


Get Video Transcript

Select a video (Not all videos have transcripts. There may be an option to create one).


Click the 3 dots and then click ‘Open Transcript’.




Select all text starting with “00:00” in the top left until the bottom right.







Paste (CTRL V) in cell A9




Timestamp and text should all be in column A. Formulas in columns B to F re-arrange it.


Copy video’s url & paste it into cell E1





How Does The Template Work?

Now that you’ve pasted in transcript text and url link you should see your video’s time & text like this:







Jump to specific parts of the transcript in Excel

While watching the video add comments in Excel. Enter minutes & seconds, click ‘Hyperlink’ and enter comments in column G.






Read the transcript and jump to specific parts of the YouTube video!

You can read the transcript and jump back into the video! Click ‘Video Link’.



You might have to watch an add so consider manually changing the end of the url (change 401s to 723s. ‘s’ is for seconds).


Add comments

In field ‘Text Flag/Comment‘ (column G) you can add comments.


Keyword search

Enter a search word in cell H6. Formulas below will display this word each time it’s found.


Use slicers to filter data

Once you’ve entered a search word and/or comments use the slicers to filter the transcript!







Make it more readable!

You’ll see some check boxes in column P. Check them to hide text in columns A to D. Or hide the entire columns by clicking the “-” symbol above column E.



I thought that this template would be helpful for those who want to keep track of favorite parts of long videos. If you liked this template then please share it, like it and mention it at parties!



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Excel Step by Step Basic Tutorial

Entering Data Into Your Worksheet

Entering data into worksheet cells is always a three-step process; these steps are as follows:

  1. Click on the cell where you want the data to go.
  2. Type the data into the cell.
  3. Press the Enter key on the keyboard or click on another cell with the mouse.

As mentioned, each cell in a worksheet is identified by an address or cell reference, which consists of the column letter and number of the row that intersect at a cell's location. When writing a cell reference, the column letter is always written first followed by the row number – such as A5, C3, or D9.

When entering the data for this tutorial, it is important to enter the data into the correct worksheet cells. Formulas entered in subsequent steps make use of the cell references of the data entered now.

To follow this tutorial, use the cell references of the data seen in the image above to enter all the data into a blank Excel worksheet.

Widening Columns in Excel

By default, the width of a cell permits only eight characters of any data entry to be displayed before that data spills over into the next cell to the right. If the cell or cells to the right are blank, the entered data is displayed in the worksheet, as seen with the worksheet title Deduction Calculations for Employees entered into cell A1.

If the cell to the right contains data, however, the contents of the first cell are truncated to the first eight characters. Several cells of data entered in the previous step, such as the label Deduction Rate: entered into cell B3 and Thompson A. entered into cell A8 are truncated because the cells to the right contain data.

To correct this problem so that the data is fully visible, the columns containing that data need to be widened. As with all Microsoft programs, there are multiple ways of widening columns. The steps below cover how to widen columns using the mouse.

Widening Individual Worksheet Columns

  1. Place the mouse pointer on the line between columns A and B in the column header.
  2. The pointer will change to a double-headed arrow.
  3. Click and hold down the left mouse button and drag the double-headed arrow to the right to widen column A until the entire entry Thompson A. is visible.
  4. Widen other columns to show data as needed.

Column Widths and Worksheet Titles

Since the worksheet title is so long compared to the other labels in column A, if that column was widened to display the entire title in cell A1, the worksheet would not only look odd, but it would make it difficult to use the worksheet because of the gaps between the labels on the left and the other columns of data.

As there are no other entries in row 1, it is not incorrect to just leave the title as it – spilling over into the cells to the right. Alternatively, Excel has a feature called merge and center which will be used in a later step to quickly center the title over the data table.

Adding the Date and a Named Range

It is normal to add the date to a spreadsheet - quite often to indicate when the sheet was last updated. Excel has a number of date functions that make it easy to enter the date into a worksheet. Functions are just built-in formulas in Excel to make it easy to complete commonly performed tasks – such as adding the date to a worksheet.

The TODAY function is easy to use because it has no arguments – which is data that needs to be supplied to the function in order for it to work. The TODAY function is also one of Excel's volatile functions, which means it updates itself every time the recalculates – which is usually ever time the worksheet is opened.

Adding the Date with the TODAY function

The steps below will add the TODAY function to cell C2 of the worksheet.

  1. Click on cell C2 to make it the active cell.
  2. Click on the Formulas tab of the ribbon.
  3. Click on the Date & Time option on the ribbon to open the list of date functions.
  4. Click on the Today function to bring up the Formula Builder.
  5. Click Done in the box to enter the function and return to the worksheet.
  6. The current date should be added to cell C2.

Seeing ###### Symbols instead of the Date

If a row of hashtag symbols appear in cell C2 instead of the date after adding the TODAY function to that cell, it is because the cell is not wide enough to display the formatted data.

As mentioned previously, unformatted numbers or text data spill over to empty cells to the right if it is too wide for the cell. Data that has been formatted as a specific type of number – such as currency, dates, or time, however, do not spill over to the next cell if they are wider than the cell where they are located. Instead, they display the ###### error.

To correct the problem, widen column C using the method described in the preceding step of the tutorial.

Adding a Named Range

A named range is created when one or more cells are given a name to make the range easier to identify. Named ranges can be used as a substitute for cell reference when used in functions, formulas, and charts. The easiest way to create named ranges is to use the name box located in the top left corner of the worksheet above the row numbers.

In this tutorial, the name rate will be given to cell C6 to identify the deduction rate applied to employee salaries. The named range will be used in the deduction formula that will be added to cells C6 to C9 of the worksheet.

  1. Select cell C6 in the worksheet.
  2. Type rate in the Name Box and press the Enter key on the keyboard
  3. Cell C6 now has the name of rate.

This name will be used to simplify creating the Deductions formulas in the next step of the tutorial.

Entering the Employee Deductions Formula

Excel formulas allow you to perform calculations on number data entered into a worksheet. Excel formulas can be used for basic number crunching, such as addition or subtraction, as well as more complex calculations, such as finding a student's average on test results and calculating mortgage payments.

  • Formulas in Excel always begin with an equal sign ( = ).
  • The equal sign is always typed into the cell where you want the answer to appear.
  • The formula is completed by pressing the Enter key on the keyboard.

Using Cell References in Formulas

A common way of creating formulas in Excel involves entering the formula data into worksheet cells and then using the cell references for the data in the formula, instead of the data itself.

The main advantage of this approach is that if later it becomes necessary to change the data, it is a simple matter of replacing the data in the cells rather than rewriting the formula. The results of the formula will update automatically once the data changes.

Using Named Ranges in Formulas

An alternative to cell references is to used named ranges – such as the named range rate created in the previous step.

In a formula, a named range function the same as a cell reference but it is normally used for values that are used a number of times in different formulas – such as a deduction rate for pensions or health benefits, a tax rate, or a scientific constant – whereas cell references are more practical in formulas that refer to specific data only once.

Entering the Employee Deductions Formula

The first formula created in cell C6 will multiply the Gross Salary of the employee B. Smith by the deduction rate in cell C3.

The finished formula in cell C6 will be:

= B6 * rate

Using Pointing to Enter the Formula

Although it is possible to just type the above formula into cell C6 and have the correct answer appear, it is better to use pointing to add the cell references to formulas in order to minimize the possibility of errors created by typing in the wrong cell reference.

Pointing involves clicking on the cell containing the data with the mouse pointer to add the cell reference or named range to the formula.

  1. Click on cell C6 to make it the active cell.
  2. Type the equal sign ( = ) into cell C6 to begin the formula.
  3. Click on cell B6 with the mouse pointer to add that cell reference to the formula after the equal sign.
  4. Type the multiplication symbol (*) in cell C6 after the cell reference.
  5. Click on cell C3 with the mouse pointer to add the named range rate to the formula.
  6. Press the Enter key on the keyboard to complete the formula.
  7. The answer 2747.34 should be present in cell C6.
  8. Even though the answer to the formula is shown in cell C6, clicking on that cell will display the formula, = B6 * rate, in the formula bar above the worksheet

Entering the Net Salary Formula

This formula is created in cell D6 and calculates an employee's net salary by subtracting the deduction amount calculated in the first formula from the Gross Salary. The finished formula in cell D6 will be:

= B6 - C6
  1. Click on cell D6 to make it the active cell.
  2. Type the equal sign ( = ) into cell D6.
  3. Click on cell B6 with the mouse pointer to add that cell reference to the formula after the equal sign.
  4. Type a minus sign( - ) in cell D6 after the cell reference.
  5. Click on cell C6 with the mouse pointer to that cell reference to the formula.
  6. Press the Enter key on the keyboard to complete the formula.
  7. The answer 43,041.66 should be present in cell D6.

Relative Cell References and Copying Formulas

So far, the Deductions and Net Salary formulas have been added to only one cell each in the worksheet – C6 and D6 respectively. As a result, the worksheet is currently complete for only one employee - B. Smith.

Rather than going through the time-consuming task of recreating each formula for the other employees, Excel permits, in certain circumstances, formulas to be copied to other cells. These circumstances most often involve the use of a specific type of cell reference – known as a relative cell reference – in the formulas.

The cell references that have been entered into the formulas in the preceding steps have been relative cell references, and they are the default type of cell reference in Excel, in order to make copying formulas as straightforward as possible.

The next step in the tutorial uses the Fill Handle to copy the two formulas to the rows below in order to complete the data table for all employees.

Copying Formulas with the Fill Handle

The fill handle is a small black dot or square in the bottom right corner of the active cell. The fill handle has a number of uses including copying a cell’s contents to adjacent cells. filling cells with a series of numbers or text labels, and copying formulas.

In this step of the tutorial, the fill handle will be used to copy both the Deduction and Net Salary formulas from cells C6 and D6 down to cells C9 and D9.

Copying Formulas with the Fill Handle

  1. Highlight cells B6 and C6 in the worksheet.
  2. Place the mouse pointer over the black square in the bottom right corner of cell D6 – the pointer will change to a plus sign (+).
  3. Click and hold down the left mouse button and drag the fill handle down to cell C9.
  4. Release the mouse button – cells C7 to C9 should contain the results of the Deduction formula and cells D7 to D9 the Net Salary formula.

Applying Number Formatting in Excel

Number formatting refers to the addition of currency symbols, decimal markers, percent signs, and other symbols that help to identify the type of data present in a cell and to make it easier to read.

Adding the Percent Symbol

  1. Select cell C3 to highlight it.
  2. Click on theHome tab of the ribbon.
  3. Click on the General option to open the Number Format drop-down menu.
  4. In the menu, click on the Percentage option to change the format of value in cell C3 from 0.06 to 6%.

Adding the Currency Symbol

  1. Select cells D6 to D9 to highlight them.
  2. On the Home tab of the ribbon, click on the General option to open the Number Format drop-down menu.
  3. Click on the Currency in the menu to change the formatting of the values in cells D6 to D9 to currency with two decimal places.

Applying Cell Formatting in Excel

Cell formatting refers to formatting options – such as applying bold formatting to text or numbers, changing data alignment, adding borders to cells, or using the merge and center feature to change the appearance of the data in a cell.

In this tutorial, the above-mentioned cell formats will be applied to specific cells in the worksheet so that it will match the finished worksheet.

Adding Bold Formatting

  1. Select cell A1 to highlight it.
  2. Click on the Home tab of the ribbon.
  3. Click on the Bold formatting option as identified in the image above to bold the data in cell A1.
  4. Repeat the above sequence of steps to bold the data in cells A5 to D5.

Changing Data Alignment

This step will change the default left alignment of several cells to center alignment.

  1. Select cell C3 to highlight it.
  2. Click on the Hometab of the ribbon.
  3. Click on the Center alignment option as identified in the image above to center the data in cell C3.
  4. Repeat the above sequence of steps to center align the data in cells A5 to D5.

Merge and Center Cells

The Merge and Center option combines a number of selected into one cell and centers the data entry in the leftmost cell across the new merged cell. This step will merge and center the worksheet title - Deduction Calculations for Employees.

  1. Select cells A1 to D1 to highlight them.
  2. Click on the Hometab of the ribbon.
  3. Click on the Merge & Center option as identified in the image above to merge cells A1 to D1 and center the title across these cells.

Adding Bottom Borders to Cells

This step will add bottom borders to the cells containing data in rows 1, 5, and 9

  1. Select the merged cell A1 to D1 to highlight it.
  2. Click on the Home tab of the ribbon.
  3. Click on the down arrow next to the Border option as identified in the image above to open the borders drop-down menu.
  4. Click on the Bottom Border option in the menu to add a border to the bottom of the merged cell.
  5. Repeat the above sequence of steps to add a bottom border to cells A5 to D5 and to cellsA9 to D9.

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Excel 2019 Advanced Tutorial

Millions of us use spreadsheets almost every single day. There’s no other software tool that’s quite so versatile. Google Sheets, through being cloud based and its powerful App Scripts, has further extended what’s possible.

Unlike Excel though, there are relatively few resources on how to master Google Sheets. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best experts to follow to learn Google Sheets tips and tricks.

Ben Collins

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Top of the list has to be Ben Collins. Ben’s a Google Sheets Developer and Educator and his blog, in our opinion, is the best going. It’s comprehensive, clear and practical, and covers everything from basic tips to advanced Google Sheets training courses.

Sign up to his weekly newsletter of tips and you’ll receive a free copy of his book “Spice Up Your Sheet Life” - which is brilliant.

Here’s a selection of some of his best articles:

Learn Google Spreadsheets YouTube Channel


There are lots of YouTube channels that dabble with Google Sheets tutorials, but with over 100K subscribers ‘Learn Google Spreadsheets’ is a true authority.

Regularly updated, and with well over 100 videos, it’s packed with in depth walkthroughs. GSheets diehards will have to forgive the occasional post on Excel though!  

The content ranges from relatively simple, but not necessarily well-known, functions like SWITCH through to black belt level Google Sheeting. A recent post shows how to use Google Colab and Python to do fuzzy matching in your Google Sheet.

David Krevitt from Coding Is For Losers

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In one post David describes himself as “Potentially the #1 user of Google Sheets in the world”. Now you may dispute that, but you have to respect a fellow Google Sheets fan!

Coding is for Losers help Marketers automate their data pipelines, and they are experts in Google Data Studio and Sheets. While they don’t have loads of articles yet, their introduction to Google Sheets’ Query Function is probably the best. (If you’ve not discovered the power of the Query function, prepare to have your mind blown).

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His post on how to get Sheets to check links for 404s is incredibly useful for marketing teams,  or anyone who needs to audit content (we used it extensively at Geckoboard on a recent content migration):  

Info Inspired

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Prashanth is a self described “Spreadsheet lover and product expert in Google Sheets”. He runs Info Inspired, a blog jam packed with Sheets advice, and he’s truly prolific!

Info Inspired has in depth walkthroughs for almost all of Google Sheets’ functions. If you use Google Sheets for financial calculations or forecasting Info Inspired is definitely the place to go.  

While we can’t claim to be in the same league as those on our list at Geckoboard we’ve a number of articles that have proven popular over the years including:

We hope you’ve found this list useful. If you think we’ve missed someone let us know on Twitter.


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40 Excel Tutorials That Prove No-One Is Too Stupid To Master Spreadsheets

Microsoft Excel is used in all types of industries and professions. If you go to business school you should expect to at least have two or three Excel-specific classes, along with a wide range of other classes that utilize Excel as a tool.

Considering the internet is filled with free and inexpensive classes, it makes sense that you can find a wide range of Microsoft Excel tutorials to guide you through the process. What’s cool about these tutorials is that combining many of them together often gives you a more in-depth look into Excel than a regular college course would.

Not only that, but you’re not spending as much money, you can work at your own rate and you’re not required to go into a classroom. It’s all done from the convenience of your own computer.

Find What You’re Looking For

Why Learn Excel?

Analysts, consultants, marketing professionals, bankers, and accountants all use Excel on a consistent basis. You might even find that other random professionals like graphic designers and engineers are working away with the powerful formulas and charts that come with Excel.

Seeing as how Excel is so prominent in the workforce, it pays to learn all about it and put that experience on your resume. You might find that your current degree isn’t yielding any job prospects, so getting into Excel could get you a job in the meantime.

Developing your Excel skills using online resources could improve your employment prospects without the need to spend a lot of money on college courses.

Learning Excel might even improve your job opportunities if you lack educational experience. People who didn’t go to college can get into coding, of course, but the same can be said about Microsoft Excel. Upon completing the right training, you automatically make yourself more valuable in the modern day workforce.

Excel Basics

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Learning the basics of Excel is essential if you want a firm foundation for advanced functionality. Here are some resources to get you started, even if you’ve never used Excel before:

  1. The Excel Easy Website: This tutorial gets you started with Microsoft Excel without going overboard with jargon and technical terms. It begins with things like formatting cells, locating ribbons and workbooks, and using keyboard shortcuts to speed up the editing process.
  2. The Motion Training YouTube Channel: Provides a compelling place to start your research, since the beginner video is only nine minutes long, and it has visuals for you to follow along. The beginner’s course has four sections, so it allows you to break it into chunks and make notes as you skip around whenever you need to reference back.
  3. Get Started Guide from Microsoft: Delivers a three-part video course with essentials for data entry and editing spreadsheets. Color coding and data bars are also covered, along with information about how to generate charts and pivot tables.
  4. GCF: A free learning environment with a wonderful compilation of Excel tutorials and videos. The online guide starts with an introduction and an explanation of OverDrive. Then it moves onto working with cells, sheets, data, formulas, and functions. Includes information on how to buy Microsoft Excel, along with a list of the newest features in recent releases.
  5. Chandoo: Find intermediate information about conditional formatting and creating reports quickly. The raw basics are outlined in this one article, using some text, images, and video. However, it also has some additional resources for you to click through and read more.
  6. This Excel Made Easy Beginner’s Guide: Available from Keynote Support, this tutorial dives into questions like “What is Microsoft Excel?” Although it might sound extremely basic, it’s a good question to ask when you’re trying to learn. There’s also a wonderful layout of the structure of a simple Excel worksheet. This way, you know exactly where to go while learning the Excel terms and shortcuts.
  7. Excel Exposure: Has a free online training course with links to several video lessons. Conditional formatting and error checking are just some of the topics covered in the earlier sections and goes all the way to macros and some more advanced information. Excel Exposure has a large community of followers. You can connect with these people and ask questions that actually get responses in the comments.
  8. Excel Tutorials from Guru99: Provides answers to questions on Excel functions, visualizing data charts, Excel in the cloud, the difference between CSV and Excel. It has some niche topics that you can’t find anywhere else, and it’s all free with beautiful imagery and animations.
  9. The WikiHow for Wow to Use Excel: This might be one of your first stops if you’re a complete beginner with Microsoft Excel. Although it’s not all that comprehensive, the guide touches on the true basics with screenshots that have zoomed in areas and arrows to guide you. Everything from printing your Excel sheet to completing basic functions is covered here in an easy-to-read format.
  10. The Basic Excel Functions page: Even advanced users need a refresher in the simpler functions in Excel, and this is a solid resource to have handy. For instance, you might need to find out what the Find and Replace function is. A quick search through this article gets you to the answer.

Advanced Mathematics Tutorials


When working with numbers and formulas, it helps to understand advanced mathematics so that you understand what’s possible in Excel. These resources provide a refresher on mathematics with plenty of real-world use cases:

  1. Excel Advanced Formulas and Functions: This course has been viewed thousands of times, and it takes around six hours to complete, with videos, downloadable materials, and a transcript. The exercise files improve the way you learn, since you have a chance to practice during the course.
  2. The Excel Math Functions: This list is a good starting point for anyone interested in learning even the most basic of functions. It goes deeper into the more advanced usage, so you get a whole range of what to expect when making your own formulas in Excel.
  3. iSchool University of Texas website: Covers advanced formulas and functions, including financial formulas and conditional functions. Some other functions you might find interesting include Len, Proper, Trim, and Rounding. The financial formulas section is particularly intriguing for those who would like to work in accounting or banking.
  4. Top 25 Microsoft Excel Advanced Formulas: Hands-on Tutorial: If you’d like to have the majority of the information you need in one place, paying for a Udemy course may be sensible. This one has had over 9,000 students enrolled, with courses for mastering the top 25 most advanced math formulas in Excel. It teaches real world examples for the formulas so you can see how to utilize them in the future.
  5. Microsoft Excel – Advanced Excel Formulas & Functions: Another impressive Udemy class with tricks and tips for those in the real world. The course states that it’s best for analysts, and covers over 75 of the most advanced formulas in Excel. Dozens of PDF quizzes, practice files, and slides are available for download, and a beautifully structured course outline is there to walk you through some of the more complicated techniques.
  6. Excel as a Financial Calculator: this article is particularly useful since not everyone is at work with a real financial calculator. In fact, most of the time you’re on your computer with Microsoft Excel open. So it makes sense to learn these functions in many fields. We like the key that compares some of the more advanced functions in Excel to buttons on a financial calculator. This allows you to seamlessly transition from a calculator to the Excel spreadsheet.
  7. Excel Exposure: Provides an advanced Excel tutorial starting with an introduction to tables and a wide range of math and statistical functions. For example, you’ll learn about Roundup, Countif, Rounddown, Countblank, Median, and much more. Excel Exposure keeps its articles on the shorter side, which is good if you want to absorb the information in small helpings.
  8. Advanced time and math calculations: Helpful guides primarily delivered in video format. All of the calculations are done through Excel, allowing you to see the visuals and practice them on your own time. The videos are short as well, so you’re not intimidated when getting started.

Database Tutorials

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Excel isn’t just for spreadsheets. You can use it for databases too. Getting to grips with databases will help you to understand how to use some of the more complex functionality in Excel:

  1. Microsoft Office Tutorial on Importing Data into Excel and Creating a Data Model: One of the main reasons people use Excel is for data mining and creating databases in general. This expands on the essentials of data insertion and organizing that data afterward. The tutorial is broken down into several easy to understand links, so jumping around isn’t that hard. For example, you could start with learning how to import data using copy and paste, then go straight to creating a relationship between imported data.
  2. Building a database in Excel with a table or list: Wonder How To provides a few simple video tutorials for those interested in this topic. It’s just about the most basic you can get with Excel databases, and the videos are short enough so that you’re not overwhelmed with the content from the start.
  3. Using Excel as your database: A nice tutorial from Chandoo. It includes animated GIFs to complement the text. This speeds up the process of learning, since the images are zoomed in, yet still moving, for a more engaging guide. It explains the code module too, which is an interesting take on the entire databasing process. Be warned that some of the images are from older Excel versions.
  4. Setting Up a Database in Excel 2013: The primary course is only about an hour, and it’s run by Excel expert Dennis Taylor. Some of the topics include working with formulas, using sliders to facilitate table filtering, and using data validation to restrict data entries. All of these topics come with some downloadable information and practice forms.
  5. Best Excel Tutorial: Explores database functions with the most common function you would ever use when constructing or mining a database. For example, some of the headers include functions like Dmin, Dproduct, Dvarp, and Dvar.
  6. How to Create a Database in Excel: Begins with a database overview and moves onto other more advanced topics like filtering data and completing database formatting. The formatting section is one of the most important parts, since the whole point of a database is for use in the real world. If making a database doesn’t translate to the real world, then you haven’t mastered it.

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Microsoft Excel Functions

To really understand how to use Excel, you need to be able to write functions. Once you learn the basics, you’ll be able to create powerful spreadsheets that unlock the true power of the tool.

  1. 10 Most Commonly Used Functions in Excel: A nice place to get the ball rolling, since you don’t have to work through any problems or handle any worksheets. The tutorial is all shown on the video.
  2. GCF Learn Free: Another beautiful guide with all of the formulas you should know. This is a great resource to bookmark, since the majority of functions used in the real world are outlined here. You get free access to the tutorials, and they’re all set up with videos and articles. Some of the topics include “Practice Reading Formulas,” “Percent Off Sales,” and “Using the IF Function.”
  3. Excel Formulas and Functions: a tutorial from Excel Easy, this starts with copying and pasting and going all the way to inserting a function. These are the true basics, so it might seem a little rudimentary to some.
  4. Comprehensive List of Just About Every Function You Can Think Of: This isn’t technically a tutorial, but it’ll be invaluable as you work through some of the others on this list. It starts with Count and Sum, where you can click on that link and see the formulas that relate. The website has plenty of other categories for statistics, financials, and more.
  5. 15 commonly used Excel shortcuts: This is a cheat sheet from PCWorld that includes formulas, too. It serves as a quick reference for anyone who needs it.

Excel Graphing Tutorials

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Once you have your figures and formulas in Excel, you can automatically create graphs and charts with your data:

  1. NCSU: Handles the majority of graphic requirements with links to topics on bar graphs and histograms. Importing text files is covered, along with the most basic of graphing for those just getting started.
  2. How to Make a Chart or Graph in Excel: A tutorial complemented by a video on HubSpot. A collection of free Excel templates is provided in the tutorial. This improves your usage of the graphs since it displays graphs in their full form and asks you to make them in return.
  3. Create a Chart with Excel Easy: Guidance that helps you make a graph about the wildlife population to see how a student or someone in the wildlife industry would do it.
  4. Microsoft Office tutorial: This is one of the best tutorials because it shows you how to create a chart from start to finish. Some of the tutorial is done through a video, but the majority of the learning comes from a large article with pictures and hints on moving your chart, resizing, and showing a legend.
  5. Creating Advanced Charts: Guru99 is known for its advanced tutorials, and this one is no different. The guide talks about the importance of advanced charts, while also touching on topics like making combinations and changing axis titles.

Excel Printing Tutorials

Printing data from Excel can be difficult, particularly if you have a very large sheet. These resources will help you to obtain the neat, orderly print out you need:

  1. Print a Worksheet: This article from Excel Easy delves into the most common form of printing in the Excel world.
  2. Printing Workbooks: This topic might seem intimidating but Chandoo has you covered with a five-minute video and some other related items like converting Excel to PDF and printing Excel cell comments.
  3. How to Print in Excel With Grid Lines: Answers a question that many people have along their Excel journey. The grid lines come in handy for many professions, but this tool seems to be hidden in Excel. The good news is that it only takes around a minute to get the job done.

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Excel Programming Tutorials

Learn advanced functions in Excel with these programming resources.

  1. Home and Learn: Offers a full, free course filled with tutorials on mastering VBA programming through Excel. Strings, loops, and arrays are all covered here, along with variables and conditional logic.

Business-Related Excel Tutorials

These resources are specifically designed to sharpen your knowledge of Excel for business use:

  1. Excel With Business: Your go-to stop for building your career with the help of Excel. The Business Analysis course talks all about turning buckets of data into sound business decisions and taking that data and making it relevant to other business people.
  2. Advanced Excel program: Useful for those who had training in the past but want to go into more of a “graduate school” for Excel in Business.


Excel is one of the most useful tools in the Microsoft Office suite, and learning how it works can improve your job prospects and help you to be more confident in your use of mathematics. These resources will support you as you learn.

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