Learning Excel for Free

By Erin McManaway

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet and graphing program packaged with the Microsoft Office software. Schools and businesses often expect students or professionals to understand the basics of using Excel in the classroom or workplace. The Microsoft website offers free training and articles on the Microsoft Office website that will teach you how to use Excel with interactive videos, tests and reference cards. Rather than paying to attend a class to learn the software, you can learn Excel in your own home and at your own pace.

Step 1

Navigate to the Excel training courses section of the Microsoft Office website (see Resources). This site provides you with a road map and a step-by-step series of articles and training courses you can use at any time.

Step 2

Click the link to the section of the training you would like to learn about. If you are not familiar with Excel at all, you may want to start with the first article. If you want to learn about a specific aspect of the program, click the topic's link.

Step 3

Review the information about the training course on the summary page. This page provides an overview of what you will learn in the course, how long the course lasts, the difficulty of the course and the tools the course provides.

Step 4

Click the "Start this course" button to begin.

Step 5

Click the "Play" button on the video if the video does not start instantly.

Step 6

Follow the video and instructions as you progress through each section of the course. You can also click on sub-topics on the course from the menu on the left side of the page. The "Practice" section of the course may provide you with a practice spreadsheet you can download and use in your Excel program.

Step 7

Complete the short test at the end to determine what you learned from the course.

Step 8

Repeat the course and the practice if needed until you are ready to move on to another section. Once you have completed all the training on the website, you will have the most important skills needed to use Microsoft Excel.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can train skills in all Microsoft Office programs on the Microsoft Office website for free.