Struggling with Excel? 3 tips and tutorials to help you

Oh Excel. It’s been around since the ’80s, but many of us can still be impressed by it. From creating complex formulas to navigating pivot tables, there’s a lot to learn.

So, where are you going? You can buy a paid course, which is great value for money, or you can start smaller – and for free.

Here are a few resources to get you started. This tip is sponsored by Oracle NetSuitethe world’s number 1 cloud business system.

1. Clean up your data

Excel’s first rule: the cleaner your data, the better. There are countless ways that typos, spaces, and strange characters can ruin works. Tap or click here for a great resource from Microsoft: The best ways to clean up your data. You’ll find a list of the most common errors and steps to clear them up.

2. Watch some high quality tutorials

Sometimes it’s a lot easier to see a program in use than to read about it. YouTube is great for this and there are a ton of high quality channels out there. MotionTraining has a great beginner series and videos covering all the basics. TeachExcel is a popular channelwith 169,000 subscribers and quick videos on just about anything you want to get done in Excel.

3. Find templates to do the work for you

There are many ready-made templates that you can download directly from Microsoft. Downloading from the source is nice because you know they are safe to use and will get the job done. Tap or click to view Microsoft’s offerings, from food recipe calculators to financial balance sheets

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