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Microsoft Excel is my secret weapon. Anyone who knows me knows that I'm really not very good with numbers. But I've discovered that you don't actually need to be a numbers person, a data scientist, or an accountant to be a data superhero. You just need Microsoft Excel and a few tricks up your sleeve.
If you too want to be a spreadsheet superhero, here's what you need to get started.
If you're new to Excel, this 13-minute video from our European partner, Fundacja TechSoup, walks you through all the basics. Learn about formatting, basic formulas, and a few nifty shortcuts.
Prefer tiny bites of learning? We've got three super-quick tips to make you a little bit faster and more efficient in Excel.
1. How to get speedy access to your favorite Excel commands.
2. Break your scrolling habit! Learn faster ways to select data, copy data to the end of a column, and more.
3. Harness the power of filters to get quick insights into your data.
If you've already got all the basics down, our archived Excel webinar introduces you to even more quick tricks, plus formulas and the near-magical power of pivot tables.
If you need even more training, Skillsoft offers discounted access to Microsoft Office training through TechSoup. Skillsoft's comprehensive online courses include self-paced lessons, real-world practice activities, assessments with feedback, and how-to video demonstrations, plus a certificate of completion.
The latest version of Microsoft Office is available through TechSoup's Microsoft donation program.
This post was updated in May 2016 to add Skillsoft online training courses and a more recent Excel webinar.
Image: Craig Chew-Moulding / CC BY-SA
Video 1: Fundacja TechSoup
Videos 2, 3, 4, and 5: TechSoup
by Ariel Gilbert-Knight, Director, Content, TechSoup
These are wonderful instructional excel videos................please keep them coming.
We'd love to hear more of what you'd like to see if future ones.
What do I need to do to see the videos? They are blacked out. I've tried Google Chrome and Edge. Thanks!!
Hi YAIM, we're sorry to report that we're having technical difficulties with videos that are embedded on TechSoup.org. We're working on fixing the problem. Meanwhile, if you go directly to TechSoup's videos YouTube, you can watch them there. Here's a link to the first one: www.youtube.com/watch And here's the second one: www.youtube.com/watch And the third one: www.youtube.com/watch And finally, the webinar: www.youtube.com/watch
WOW, just posted that a few minutes ago, and already a solution! Thanks so much!!!
p.s. YAIM, those links in my previous post don't look right, but if you click on them, they'll take you to the right place.
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