How to Use Excel

Learn Excel. Our experts write step-by-step guides on functions, create spreadsheet templates, and offer guidance on data visualizations. 

Here, you’ll find our most recent and most popular guides to Microsoft Excel. Looking for something specific? Use our search bar to find exactly what you’re looking for.

Excel Formulas

We love to break down Excel formulas. Whether you use Mac or PC, our guides always include a syntactical breakdown. That means you’ll see what a formula looks like, its arguments, and whether there’s anything optional to include.

Here’s an example of an Excel function from our IF CONTAINS guide:

=IF(test, if-true, if-false)

Our guide then breaks down each argument to show what it means. We also include screenshots and real-world examples.

Excel Spreadsheet Templates

Our team regularly creates spreadsheet templates for Google Sheets. Many of these double as Excel workbooks. Just make a copy of our sheet, click File > Download, and choose the Excel option. 

That means you’ll be able to work from one of our financial analysis templates (like budget templates) without having to start from scratch.

Data Visualization and Formatting

Of course, we also help with Excel’s robust formatting tools. That means we help you explore chart makers, modify existing Excel files, and hide or unhide data in your worksheet. Here are a few of our most popular formatting guides:

Advanced Tips for Excel

Microsoft’s spreadsheet powerhouse continues to adapt to changing times. Now, teams can use Excel to work anywhere. 

Our free guides include advice and templates with key insights for all the latest features.

For example, we cover how to use Python in Excel. This connection enables much more complex functionality, regardless of the size of your data set. 

Whether you need to modify a large dataset or just edit chart labels, our Excel advice shows exactly how to do it. 

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Recent Guides

To freeze multiple rows in Excel, use this view tab on your ribbon. Follow this guide to view exactly where to find the option to freeze panes....
Learn how to set print area in Excel with this simple guide. I’ll use step-by-step instructions and screenshots to show you how to do it. ...
Want to master Excel break links in 5 minutes? Read my comprehensive guide on what, why, and how you can use them in Microsoft Excel. ...
This step-by-step guide will show you how to insert multiple rows in Excel using four simple methods. We've also included screenshots and instructions! ...
There are a few different ways you can remove blank rows in Excel. Each way has its place, so it's handy to learn them all here in this article....

Video Guides on Excel

Popular Excel Guides

Learn how to set print area in Excel with this simple guide. I’ll use step-by-step instructions and screenshots to show you how to do it. ...
Learn how to use HLOOKUP in Excel with this simple step-by-step guide with several visual examples and FAQ section....
To access Excel version history, you simply have to enable autosaves and decide the intervals. Learn how to do that here....
There are a few different ways you can remove blank rows in Excel. Each way has its place, so it's handy to learn them all here in this article....
Learn all the ways you can merge Excel files in one place by reading this article with step-by-step instructions and screenshots....
This guide will show you how to remove duplicates in Excel using a few different methods, none of which are difficult or time consuming....
You can compare two Excel files with "View side by side", formulas, add-ins, and third party tools. Find out how each of those work here....
The guide will show you how to calculate year over year growth in Google Sheets and Excel and provide you with a template....