I like to think of editors as a tool that enhances your work and offers guidance. This holds true whether the editor is a real person or a built-in tool like the Excel macro editor. One benefit of Excel's editor is that it's also a teaching tool. Once you start playing around and creating macros,
Below is a list of various Microsoft Excel tutorials that we've done. These include step by step instructions. In some cases, there may be sample spreadsheets or video screencasts. This section is several pages long so be sure to use the blue Next Page >> button at the bottom of the search box to the right.
I've also been updating these articles to reflect the latest Excel version. Presently, I'm using Microsoft Office 365. However, you may see some tutorials that reflect older versions. All the screen snaps have been done on a Windows computer and reflect those commands.
If you don't have Microsoft Excel, there are three options:
- Get an Office 365 (Subscription service)
- Buy Microsoft Office 2019 (One time purchase)
- Use the free version in your browser
The free version does require you to have a Microsoft account. As you might expect of a free product, there are some limitations. For example, you can open a workbook that has macros, but you won't be able to edit them.
And speaking of free resources, Microsoft also has an Excel Glossary that you can use.
You can read more about the different options on the Microsoft site.
It should also be noted that Office 365 releases new features on a monthly basis and even sooner if you're in the Insiders program. In some cases, these new features may not make it to older standalone versions. An example of this is the new XLOOKUP function.
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There are certain words that seem to scare folks when it comes to Excel. One of those words is "macro". I think this is a classic case of assuming the worst. We think we have to learn how to use code, logic and a bunch of other stuff like Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). The truth is Excel has a
Have you ever received an Excel file and wondered how it was filtered without checking each column’s data filter? Or, maybe you needed to send a file and show your filters. That was a problem I faced recently when I started with a list of 3200 non-profits for the county. I needed a way for the
I now understand the difference between an Excel tip and an Excel annoyance. It’s an annoyance if the person you send your spreadsheet to doesn’t know the tip and you spend more time explaining the error than it takes to fix it. Next time, I’ll take the five minutes to fix my Excel formula and
This tutorial shows how to use Excel's LEN function. A reader posed an interesting conversion problem between an old database and a new online one. The new online system would not accept field values longer than a set number of characters. In this case, she needed to know how many characters were in