Learning through Reading: Four Books You Can Pick Up About Excel

A few months ago, we discussed some of the ways in which you could obtain further information regarding MS Excel. One of those ways that we mentioned included books. We’ve been asked to share our recommendations of the better excel related literature that we’ve come across and today is the day where we deliver!

Tune in to see our picks for the best sort of MS Excel books for anyone who is aiming to better understand this awesome piece of software. Mind you, these are the books that WE found to be useful. You’re free to have your own favorites or have strong opinions about the ones we chose—all that’s important is that you share your opinions respectfully and we’ll all be better for it.

Without further ado, here are our picks:

Microsoft Excel 2016 Bible

This book was put together by John Walkenbach. Don’t let the year 2016 fool you! The information that this text holds a lot of useful information about building charts and streamlining reports! One of the biggest issues that people tend to have is to integrate information between spreadsheets.

If that’s one issue that you’ve been having yourself, you may want to pay attention to what Mr. Walkenbach has to say about it.

Excel 2016 All-in-One for Dummies

You might be quite familiar with the “For Dummies” series of books. They’ve spawned a lot of helpful discussions about a wide variety of subjects which most people may be unfamiliar with. It’s a great precursor to a more advanced level of discussion.

The 2016 version of this book is a pretty big leap from its first incarnation. This version includes all the updates that have been done on the software since 2013. It includes certain shortcuts and formulas which weren’t available before. So if you’re looking to obtain pretty recent information, this is one book that you should consider buying.

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Excel 2016 from Scratch

If you’re a complete beginner or already have an understanding of Excel and would like to refresh your knowledge, this is a good book to get. Not only does it have some fairly comprehensive and friendly discussions about the software, but it comes with exercises and demos.

This can really help those who learn best by doing rather than just by reading about it.

Points to Remember

There are more books published every day so it’s good to keep an eye out. You should always try to further improve your understanding of Excel since they are regularly running updates to further improve it. If books aren’t your cup of tea, there are a lot of other sources of information out there. Just be sure to pick the one that’s really going to help you grow your knowledge.

Do you have any particular MS Excel book that you would recommend? Which one?

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Before You Join that Online Class: Bad Signs to Look Out For

One of the things that we find exceedingly fascinating is the fact that knowledge has become so easily accessible for anyone who is seeking it. What’s terrible about it is the fact that there are people who take advantage of those seeking additional knowledge—especially the people who try to learn more about MS Excel.

There have been far too many horror stories about people who simply wanted to gleam a better understanding of a concept and end up being swindled by two-bit petty criminals. Back in the day, people would only generally worry about the physical presence of criminals. In today’s society, a majority of crime is now perpetuated online.

We place emphasis on this because in the pursuit of knowledge, people generally find themselves online. With the popularity of online classes, it is highly important that people be more aware of any bad signs that exist so you don’t end up wasting your time, money and putting your identity at risk.

Here are a few bad signs that you should look out for:

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Grammatical Errors

Seemingly minor but is usually a pretty good indicator of the legitimacy of a service or a website. Any legitimate service—especially one which aims to educate others—will be particularly strict about their grammar and their content.

While we’re not saying that people shouldn’t be able to make mistakes, if the words are fairly simply yet are continuously misspelled, you may want to consider that to be a red flag.

Check the Contact Page

Any legitimate service or brand will always have a contact page. They should have clearly presented information that you can actually reach. If you cannot reach them through the information provided, you may want to step on the brakes when it comes to approaching that site.

This may not seem like an important thing but having a good contact page with working details provides legitimacy. Even then, you should be careful if you are able to reach them. Do not provide them with any personal information that can compromise your personal security.

Fishy Payment Methods

There are a lot of free online classes available, that much is true. However, there are learners that would be more comfortable with the idea of paying for a service since it at least would give them an assurance of quality.

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Usually, payment methods will be through credit card or a service like PayPal. If they ask you to do a bank transfer, you’ll have zero security about you getting your money back—in case you are unable to complete the course or would like a refund.

Points to Remember

All it takes is one sign up at a fraudulent website and criminal elements will know enough about you to be able to open up accounts in your name. We certainly hope that this never happens to you. So we hope that the tips we’ve provided will be super helpful in keeping you on the right track.

Have you ever tried to sign up for online classes? What signs do you look out for?

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Where Do You Go For Microsoft Excel Help and Training On Site?

When you’re seeking additional knowledge, it is important to know where to obtain it from. After all, it isn’t enough to find a source—you need to make sure that it is legitimate and credible. MS Excel is a program that a lot of people—even us—needed help to really understand. Back around ten years ago or so, it wasn’t all that easy to secure trusted sources for excel tips.

Thankfully, today’s world has a completely different story when it comes to this. There are a lot of different places where you can go for further knowledge about MS Excel.

You can learn about Microsoft Excel Training on site at places like:


This one surprised us, too. As it turns out, there are a lot of YouTube channels which focus on providing video tutorials for a wide variety of things. One of those things happens to be MS Excel. There are those that range from beginner levels to those of a more complex nature.

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There are several channels to choose from that you can almost be spoiled for choices. We just want you to remember that each of them has a different approach in discussing the topic so it would be important to find a content creator with a certain flow to the lesson that suits you best.

After all, you should not force yourself to sit through a tutorial of someone whose teaching style is incompatible to your learning style.

Financial Literacy Classes

If there was anything that more and more banks and financial firms are doing nowadays, it would be to ramp up their offerings for financial literacy classes. They understand that in order for the economy to get better—and therefore providing a better environment for everyone—they need to help the populace in gaining a firmer grasp of their finances.

You can choose to go online and check the websites of organizations in your area to see if they have any information regarding upcoming financial literacy classes. A usual part of those classes would be a basic or even advanced utilization of MS Excel.


Of course, literature would always be a prime resource for additional knowledge. What’s great about now is the fact that you do not need to purchase a physical copy of a book in order to utilize it. There are now electronic copies of Excel discussion and guide books.

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We have quite our own collection of such books. For further specific recommendations, we think we’ll develop an article at a later date to talk about them—so do stay tuned for future discussions!

Points to Remember

Just because someone is presenting you with “knowledge” does not mean that you should automatically accept it to be the truth. You must be more discerning about your sources of information. After all, one of the biggest downsides of the internet is the fact that misinformation is now rampant. This, however, should not scare you off the trail of better working knowledge.

Do you have a trusted resource when it comes to MS Excel?

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