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The Best Courses for Learning to Use Excel and Spreadsheets

DataCamp’s tried and tested learning method involves learning by doing. Immersive practice exercises keep you engaged as you learn real-world Excel and spreadsheet skills beyond SUM and SORT.

Join our community and learn how to use Excel and spreadsheets for data analysis, marketing, or finance. There’s more to the software than you might think, and with DataCamp’s help, you’ll be performing advanced analysis tasks in no time. 

Leverage the power of statistics and become a workbook wizard with Introduction to Statistics in Spreadsheets, or kick things off with the basics in our Introduction to Spreadsheets course.

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Excel and Spreadsheets Courses for Beginners

New to professional spreadsheet use? No problem. DataCamp has dedicated Excel and spreadsheet courses for beginners. Because spreadsheets are everywhere in business, learning the software well means learning a key life skill.

Start with the basics in our Introduction to Spreadsheets course, then take the Spreadsheet Fundamentals skill track and learn how to uncover valuable insights that will support your business decision-making and your long-term career. 

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Data Analysis in Excel

Learn how to analyze data in Excel.

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Jen Bricker

Head of Career Services, DataCamp

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Data Analysis in Spreadsheets

Learn how to analyze data with spreadsheets using functions such as SUM(), AVERAGE(), and VLOOKUP().

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Vincent Vankrunkelsven

Data and Software Engineer @DataCamp

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Pivot Tables in Spreadsheets

Explore the world of Pivot Tables within Google Sheets, and learn how to quickly organize thousands of data points with just a few clicks of the mouse.

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Frank Sumanski

Founder, SpreadsheetAllstars.com

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Introduction to Statistics in Spreadsheets

Learn how to leverage statistical techniques using spreadsheets to more effectively work with and extract insights from your data.

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Ted Kwartler

Adjunct Professor, Harvard University

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Error and Uncertainty in Spreadsheets

Learn to distinguish real differences from random noise, and explore psychological crutches we use that interfere with our rational decision-making.

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Evan Kramer

Data Scientist

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Conditional Formatting in Spreadsheets

Learn how to use conditional formatting with your data through built-in options and by creating custom formulas.

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Adam Steinfurth

Instructor at DataCamp

Learn How to Use Spreadsheets for Finance and Marketing

Supercharge your work with DataCamp’s online Excel and spreadsheet courses.  Learn how to use spreadsheets for finance and master the intricacies of loan amortization and financial modeling. Or, use your newfound skills to strategize your options trading and get an edge (and more cash flow).

Marketers can put their data to work by learning how to use spreadsheets for marketing. Analytics matter, and Excel can help you understand the clicks that count, and keep your clients coming back for more.

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Introduction to Statistics in Spreadsheets

Learn how to leverage statistical techniques using spreadsheets to more effectively work with and extract insights from your data.

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Ted Kwartler

Adjunct Professor, Harvard University

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Financial Analytics in Spreadsheets

Learn how to build a graphical dashboard with spreadsheets to track the performance of financial securities.

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David Ardia

Professor of Quantitative Methods for Finance

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Financial Modeling in Spreadsheets

Learn basic business modeling including cash flows, investments, annuities, loan amortization, and more using Sheets.

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Erin Buchanan

Professor at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

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Marketing Analytics in Spreadsheets

Learn how to ensure clean data entry and build dynamic dashboards to display your marketing data.

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Luke Pajer

Digital Marketing Specialist

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Loan Amortization in Spreadsheets

Learn how to build an amortization dashboard in spreadsheets with financial and conditional formulas.

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Brent Allen

Financial Spreadsheets Specialist

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Options Trading in Spreadsheets

Learn how to price options contracts and visualize payout of various options strategies using spreadsheets.

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Sergei Balashov

Chartered Financial Analyst

Discover Advanced Excel and Spreadsheet Courses

Excel and Google Sheets feature powerful functions that can help you do more in less time and secure one of the many jobs that require advanced Excel skills. 

Learn how to parse search parameters like a pro with VLOOKUP in Data Analysis in Spreadsheets, or compare correlations and relationships between values with Pivot Tables in Spreadsheets. DataCamp’s advanced Excel and spreadsheet courses teach you the skills that employers are looking for. 

 

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Data Analysis in Spreadsheets

Learn how to analyze data with spreadsheets using functions such as SUM(), AVERAGE(), and VLOOKUP().

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Vincent Vankrunkelsven

Data and Software Engineer @DataCamp

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Data Analysis in Excel

Learn how to analyze data in Excel.

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Jen Bricker

Head of Career Services, DataCamp

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Financial Analytics in Spreadsheets

Learn how to build a graphical dashboard with spreadsheets to track the performance of financial securities.

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David Ardia

Professor of Quantitative Methods for Finance

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Marketing Analytics in Spreadsheets

Learn how to ensure clean data entry and build dynamic dashboards to display your marketing data.

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Luke Pajer

Digital Marketing Specialist

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Options Trading in Spreadsheets

Learn how to price options contracts and visualize payout of various options strategies using spreadsheets.

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Sergei Balashov

Chartered Financial Analyst

Spreadsheet

Financial Modeling in Spreadsheets

Learn basic business modeling including cash flows, investments, annuities, loan amortization, and more using Sheets.

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Erin Buchanan

Professor at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

Popular Excel and Spreadsheets Courses

Demand for people with solid Excel and spreadsheet skills is expected to increase 23% by 2024—just one reason why our spreadsheet courses are so popular. 

Join millions of happy DataCampers worldwide and discover Data Analysis in Excel. Or, get to the crux of the matter quickly by learning Conditional Formatting in Spreadsheets, an advanced Excel skill that can make your CV stand out. 

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Data Analysis in Spreadsheets

Learn how to analyze data with spreadsheets using functions such as SUM(), AVERAGE(), and VLOOKUP().

Clock3 hours
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Vincent Vankrunkelsven

Data and Software Engineer @DataCamp

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Data Analysis in Excel

Learn how to analyze data in Excel.

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Jen Bricker

Head of Career Services, DataCamp

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Introduction to Statistics in Spreadsheets

Learn how to leverage statistical techniques using spreadsheets to more effectively work with and extract insights from your data.

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Ted Kwartler

Adjunct Professor, Harvard University

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Data Visualization in Spreadsheets

Learn the fundamentals of data visualization using spreadsheets.

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Raina Hawley

Owner/Instructor, OzGrid Business Applications

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Financial Analytics in Spreadsheets

Learn how to build a graphical dashboard with spreadsheets to track the performance of financial securities.

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David Ardia

Professor of Quantitative Methods for Finance

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Marketing Analytics in Spreadsheets

Learn how to ensure clean data entry and build dynamic dashboards to display your marketing data.

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Luke Pajer

Digital Marketing Specialist

Practice Data Analysis and Visualization in Spreadsheets

Spreadsheets are the business world’s most ubiquitous software because they help companies organize, manage, and most importantly, understand their data. Learning data analysis in spreadsheets means gaining an in-demand skill.

Power BI isn’t Microsoft’s only data visualization tool, Excel (and spreadsheets like Google Sheets) can create graphics that bring your data analysis insights to life and make your dashboards and reports more compelling. 

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Data Visualization in Spreadsheets

Learn the fundamentals of data visualization using spreadsheets.

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Raina Hawley

Owner/Instructor, OzGrid Business Applications

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Options Trading in Spreadsheets

Learn how to price options contracts and visualize payout of various options strategies using spreadsheets.

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Sergei Balashov

Chartered Financial Analyst

Spreadsheet

Loan Amortization in Spreadsheets

Learn how to build an amortization dashboard in spreadsheets with financial and conditional formulas.

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Brent Allen

Financial Spreadsheets Specialist

Excel and Spreadsheets Courses FAQs

Are spreadsheets easy to use?

Yes, especially if you stick to the basics such as SUM, AVERAGE, and COUNT. But spreadsheets such as Excel and Google Sheets can do a lot more than perform these simple functions, and that’s where things can get a little trickier. Spreadsheets offer a myriad of complex functionalities, and mastering these takes practice. 

If you’re new to Excel or spreadsheets in general, a short online beginners course is the best way to wrap your head around the software, which is fundamental to many jobs.

Is Excel easy to learn? 

Yes. Microsoft Excel was designed to be user-friendly and you can pick up the basics in a few short hours with a dedicated online course such as DataCamp’s Introduction to Spreadsheets

Learning the software’s advanced functionalities takes a little more time, but investing in your learning is a wise move. Companies all over the world use Excel and spreadsheets to help manage data, and knowing the software is considered essential in many positions.

What jobs can you get with Excel and spreadsheets skills?

Many jobs require a basic, working knowledge of Excel and spreadsheets at a minimum. In some careers, though, advanced skills are essential:

  • Accountant
  • Business analyst
  • Business intelligence specialist
  • Data analyst
  • Data journalist
  • Demand planner
  • Financial analyst
  • Market researcher
  • Project manager
  • And many more

A Capital One study found that 82% of middle-skill jobs require digital skills–with fundamental software such as spreadsheets and word processors representing the baseline. In addition, research shows that advanced proficiency in Excel and spreadsheets can increase your earning potential.

Both public and private organizations need to understand their data to make informed decisions and for that, they need people with data analysis skills. It’s safe to say that learning data analysis in 2022 and beyond is a smart career move.

Are Excel and spreadsheets skills in demand? 

Yes, Excel and spreadsheet skills are a requirement in 82% of middle-skill jobs. Microsoft Excel may be the most ubiquitous software in business, and free spreadsheet software such as Google Sheets is hot on its heels. 

It's hard to imagine a business in any sector that doesn’t use spreadsheets for accounting, marketing, administration, or a variety of other purposes, and all these businesses need people with varying degrees of Excel and spreadsheet skills.

If you go down the latter route, know that data analysis relies upon several technologies. So, you should look into software such as Excel, Tableau, and Power BI. You’ll also need either R or Python, SQL, and access to a relational database such as PostgreSQL.

Can Excel and spreadsheets boost productivity? 

Yes. They may not be explicitly promoted as productivity software, but spreadsheet programs such as Excel and Google Sheets offer numerous functions that make work faster and easier, which in turn boosts productivity.

For example, you can use a spreadsheet to compile statistical reports or calculate profits quickly. Or, you can use pivot tables to navigate thousands of data points in a few short clicks. In addition, there is a range of productivity add-ons available for both Excel and Google Sheets.

Do I need to download software to learn on Datacamp? 

No, our courses provide everything you need to learn Excel and spreadsheets online. All you need is a computer, an internet connection, and a browser.

If you’re taking our advanced Excel or spreadsheet courses, you might like to have the software for extra or offline practice. If you don’t have Excel, you can use Google Sheets for free online; it also has an offline mode.  

What is the difference between a free account and a subscription? 

With a subscription, DataCamp’s full library of programming, data science, and Excel and spreadsheet courses are at your fingertips. You also have full access to our whole catalog of over 350 courses and career tracks and you can earn DataCamp statement of achievement awards. 

You can also access our complete range of resources, including training projects, DataCamp Signal, and coding and data science competitions.

If you hold a free account, you can start the first chapter of every DataCamp course, access many of our resources, connect with the community, and get a taste of data science education.