Getting Started with Excel

Learn everything you need to know to get started with Excel 2013.

Welcome to Getting Started with Excel 2013 - a series of Excel video tutorials for beginners. If you're new to Excel, I recommend watching watching this course. If you have already used Excel but want a comprehensive knowledge of the basics, then you're in the right place.

This is based on the original getting started with Excel course that I have been teaching in person in the UK banking industry since 2007. Now fully updated for Excel 2013, this course has been used by students all around the globe.

So if you're looking how to get started with Excel quickly and easily, you're in the right place.

Learning Excel is a bit like building a brick wall. Many beginners have a basic foundation - they understand the essentials of spreadsheets. Then they start piling on a few bricks here and there. But as their wall of knowledge is constructed, it's full of holes. Eventually they hit a point where their wall can't sustain any more weight and it collapses. What a waste of time!

This course takes a step-by-step approach to working with Excel. Each lesson builds upon the previous one, so your wall is solid. So whether you're looking to do your job better, or if you're looking to improve your resume, you are in the right place.

A comprehensive workbook with examples is included to save you time. You can also ask me any questions via the course discussion board.

Your Instructor


Hi, I'm Martyn. I created my courses to help you to get better at Excel and to get your next promotion, job or raise. My courses are a little different to most - you'll learn the most powerful functionality in Excel through in depth online courses, ongoing learning through case studies and exercises, as well as a fantastic online student community to share your experiences of breaking through the career ladder with better skills.

I am also the founder of Effective MI, a dashboard development & process improvement company. We help companies understand their business through data discovery, KPI development and powerful management reporting tools.

If you want to stop drifting and start learning Excel, you are in the right place. Welcome!

Class Curriculum

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  Basic charts & formulas
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  Printing, Saving & Exporting
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  Best practice & shortcuts
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"Great course! Start with the free 'basics' course, then you'll know it you want to continue. Martyn does a good job of starting simple and building up to more complex ideas using practical examples. "

- Jerrett M

"Thoroughly enjoyed the course as it was very well paced. Bite sized yet providing clear concise detailed instructions that I could follow the activities in a separate local spreadsheet and learn by doing. Good clarity in speech and good examples help. Martyn also reverts back quickly if you have a question or suggestion."

- Kaushal V

"Its a good course to master Excel. There are downloadable sheets with lessons to master and practice. Thanks for the lovely course, I enjoyed it with your clear instructions during the course."

- Abby H

"Excellent course if you already know the basics in Excel and want to improve your skills so that you can fully use the software and make it work for you. Easy to listen to and well explained. Beats trying to learn from a book any day!"

- Kieran L

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Can I Go through the course on my own schedule? What if I fall behind?
Don't worry — all of my courses come with lifetime access so you can take a break from the material if you’re out of town, on vacation, or just swamped for a few days. Interruptions happen, and your course will ALWAYS be here for you when you're ready.
Is this course right if I want to get a job in Excel
All of my courses are designed to improve your Excel skills and enhance your career prospects. Becoming great at Excel isn't something that happens overnight, it takes practice and real world problem solving - just like learning a language. If you take my courses and engage with the private Facebook community challenges that I post, you will be well on the way to being ready for an Excel development role. Take the course, and build on your skills through experience to get the best results.
Does the course show me how to build Excel Dashboards?
No, this is covered in my 'Become an Excel Guru course'
Does the course teach about macros and automation?
No, this is covered in my 'Become an Excel Guru course'
Is this suitable for my version of Excel?
This course is suitable for Excel 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016 for windows, and Excel 2016 for Mac.

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