Are you trying to learn Microsoft Excel? Then you’re going to want to become familiar with some of these amazing resources.
These are the top people, websites, YouTube channels, and Forums you’re going to want to start following.
When trying to learn new skills it’s essential to immerse yourself in the topic, and these resources will be a great start!
Obviously, you won’t be able to follow all of these, but you should be able to find a few great learning resources you really enjoy.
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Top People, Websites, and YouTube Channels
The Excel community is full of passionate users who are willing to share their expertise with others. These people run some of the best websites and YouTube channels about Microsoft Excel and they share some amazing content!
Jon started Excel Campus in 2009 and has since turned it into one of the best Excel sites out there. Jon’s posts are so detailed and thorough that even if you’ve been using Excel for 20 years, you’ll probably still learn something new about a topic you thought you knew completely.
If you Google something about formulas in Excel chances are ExcelJet will show up in the results and this is with good reason. You’ll find a massive library of Excel formulas with detailed explanations to help you understand along with many other resources.
my Excel Online
John adds content to his blog very frequently and usually posts awesome GIF’s to demonstrate the examples. The site is well designed and easy to navigate along with awesome content so it should definitely be in your bookmarks.
Excel Champs is operated by Puneet Gogia and it has tons of great posts that will show you many different ways to do something in Excel. Among other items, there are 100+ formula resources and 100+ useful macro code samples to browse.
Leila has built a massive following on YouTube and is the first Excel YouTuber to pass the 1 million subscriber mark. Her videos have high production value and are packed with Excel information. She also has a great blog that mirrors her YouTube videos.
Jon has amassed an amazing number of free Excel templates. This is the go-to place if you need a calendar, invoice, budget, timesheet, project management template, or any other type of template under the sun.
Sumit started blogging about Excel in 2013 and quickly became one of the top Excel sites in the world. His blog is always informative, well researched, and written. He also has a great YouTube channel if videos are more your thing.
my Online Training Hub
Mynda was a former accountant until she quit and started my Online Training Hub with her husband Phil. You’ll find a ton of great free articles on charts, dashboards, formulas, power pivot and query, VBA and pivot tables.
Purna Duggirala runs the very popular site Chandoo (which is his nickname). The site has existed since 2004 but he only began blogging about Excel in 2007. There are a ton of in-depth articles covering every topic in Excel. There is so much here that it can sometimes feel overwhelming.
Tom’s site is for his consultancy but he also has a blog with some very detailed posts. There’s a very good chance you’ll learn something new when you read one of his articles. He’s also worth following on Twitter where he frequently shares smaller bite-sized tips.
Contextures is a Canadian consulting firm run by Debra Dalgleish. The website has a frequently updated blog with many free tutorials and videos there’s also a big alphabetical list of tips.
Excel Is Fun
Excel Is Fun is hands down the best YouTube channel on Excel. Mike has created over 2,800 amazing videos and they’re organized into playlists so you can learn just about any topic you’re interested in.
Excel Easy was founded by Niels Weterings while attending the University of Amsterdam. Excel Easy has some of the easiest to follow beginner Excel tutorials and over 300 examples covering basics, functions, data analysis, and VBA.
Ryan’s site is focused solely on VBA and has some pretty solid tutorials and examples. If you’re looking to learn VBA or add to your VBA knowledge, Ryan’s site is a must.
Chances are if you’ve Googled something about VBA then Chip’s site has probably come up in the results. His site has a ton of VBA examples and snippets along with detailed explanations.
The Spreadsheet Guru
Chris Newman is on a mission to share his knowledge of Excel and other Microsoft Office products to help you become the leading Office expert. His hope is to provide the best resources on the web for new and advanced MS Office users.
If there was an Excel Mount Rushmore Bill Jelen would definitely be on it. This is a must-visit site to browse over 150k pages of Excel content. The site includes an awesome forum and blog too!
my Spreadsheet Lab
Kevin Lehrbass is your excel coach in his spreadsheet lab. His site contains a selection of great templates, tips, tutorials, and video lessons to help you improve your Excel skills.
Brad’s goal is to teach you how to answer anything using Microsoft Excel and he does a pretty good job of that when it comes to dashboards, formulas, and pivot tables. Unfortunately, Brad hasn’t added any new content since 2016.
Excel Tips (1997-2003) & Excel Ribbon Tips (2007-2016)
These are part of the Tips.net network of sites. Their sites cover many different topics ranging from gardening to pets. These two sites cover Excel tips for Excel 2003 and older versions and the newer ribbon versions of Excel from 2007 and later. Most of the articles are written by Allen Wyatt with contributions from a few other authors.
A great resource for just about every type of template. You’ll find a large selection of templates for budgets, invoices, timesheets & payroll, inventory, calendars, planners & schedules, lists & checklists, and many others.
Microsoft Office Excel Blog
This is the official Microsoft Office blog. Need I say more?
Able Bits is a software development company located in Eastern Europe. They make some premium Excel add-ins and they also run an amazing Excel blog on their site that’s definitely worth checking out.
Jon has been working as an Excel developer since 1995. His extensive website and blog emphasize Excel charting and programming. Many of the tutorials and examples result in charting effects that seem impossible.
Solve and Excel
Celia is a Microsoft certified Excel Developer. She loves to design and build solutions combining Excel, VBA, Power Query, and Power Pivot to automate tasks, analyze data, and model business processes.
With an academic background, Celia combined her passion for teaching with her experience as an Excel Consultant to offer free tutorials on YouTube and a training program to help professionals automate their Excel recurring tasks.
Celia is a Microsoft MVP and the founder of the MS Excel Toronto Meetup Group. Celia’s content is all about automating procedures in Excel and her tutorials have a great emphasis on Power Query but also cover VBA and other Excel features. You can find her content on YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.
How to Excel at Excel
I didn’t know about this site until after I had already named my site 🙂 It looks to be a site with some good content covering tips and tricks, charts, tutorials, and VBA. Most Mondays they post some VBA for Macro Mondays and Fridays are formula Fridays!
Christopher runs the site Excel Efficiency. There are a lot of good posts on there and it’s hard not to like the site when it’s got great posts like “How to Be Lazy at Excel: 7 Great Tricks”!
Kawser Ahmed started blogging about Excel in December 2013. He also has a few courses on Udemy (likely where the site name comes from). He updates the site quite frequently and there is a lot of great information on it.
Ken takes a lot of pride in filling his site with helpful content and it’s quite apparent. His posts are very detailed and thorough. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in his “knowledge base” articles he also runs a forum on the site.
This Excel site was started by Raghu in 2013. He has a large Facebook following where he shares his blog posts on a variety of tasks related to formulas, charts, formats, reports, and dashboards
Spreadsheet O was started by two friends Kasper Langmann and Mikkel Sciegienny. After creating a free Excel tutorial course that caught on like wildfire they soon realized there was a big demand for high-quality tutorials.
Michael Rempel is a certified Microsoft Excel Specialist who loves numbers! Statistics, analysis, trending, and forecasting get his blood pumping! He’s been sharing his tips and tricks in Excel since 2013.
Henrik Schiffner is the person behind the Excel Professor. You’ll find some cool free add-ins here like the professor Excel tools, there are also Excel facts and an active blog.
Excel Off the Grid
Mark is a reporting automation consultant who has been designing solutions to solve real-world problems for over 20 years. Whilst working as an accountant in the media, food, retail, and manufacturing sectors, he has built extensive finance dashboards and process automation tools to achieve greater business insight and efficiency.
Mark’s primary focus is helping individuals and businesses to use the Microsoft Power tools such as Power Automate, Power BI, Power Query, and Power Pivot to save time and money. Through blog and video content, Excel Off The Grid helps workplace warriors to become more efficient in their jobs by teaching them how to work smarter with Excel and save huge amounts of time.
The main topic areas of his content include Power Query, VBA, Office Script, and Power Automate.
Rob is a former Microsoft employee that was part of the Power Pivot add-in team. He left to start the Power Pivot Pro consulting company (later rebranded as P3 Adaptive) which focuses on power pivot and power BI business solutions. They also run a blog on their site and it has hundreds of high quality Excel related posts to learn from.
Andy Pope is a consultant mainly specializing in bespoke solutions for reporting projects using Office and VBA. He is also a long time Excel MVP and you’ll find some cool resources on his site including charting examples, add-ins for Excel and PowerPoint, games, and other tips and tricks.
Jeff Lenning is a former accountant and his site focuses on Excel from an accounting perspective. There are paid courses here but there is also a free blog.
The Small Man
Started by Marcus Small, the site covers a large range of topics like charts, dashboards, financial modeling, and VBA. Marcus teaches courses in Excel Financial Modelling, Dashboard Design, and Excel VBA for people in finance as a full-time gig.
This site by Jorge is a must if you want some really detailed and well written tutorials. Each post is like a complete reference guide on the subject.
Jorge has been blogging about data visualization in Excel since 2007 at his site Excel Charts. It’s not your regular Excel tips site he mostly discusses data visualization issues. He also offers more structured charting courses in his member’s area.
Excel TV was founded by Rick Grantham and Jordan Goldmeier (from the site Option Explicit VBA). They interview Excel leaders in the community and share tips focused on Excel and BI.
Excel Super Site
At Brian’s site ExcelSuperSite, you will find many great tips and tricks to help you get the most out of using Microsoft Excel. All are presented in a clear and concise manner.
Option Explicit VBA
Jordan started used to run a great VBA focused site called Option Explicit VBA which he started in 2013. Unfortunately, he let it lapse. He has since started offering paid courses at AdvancedXL and has a great YouTube channel.
Bastien started using spreadsheets in 1994 at University and has been addicted since. He’s the creator of the popular ASAP Utilities add-in and also runs a popular blog on the site.
The Spreadsheet Page
John Walkenbach’s nickname is Mr. Spreadsheet for good reason, he’s written a huge number of Excel books such as the Excel Bible. He has retired but his website has been taken over and is still producing free downloadable Excel templates.
OzGrid is a developer specializing in Excel business applications, but you’ll also find a ton of free video tutorials, add-ins, templates, and other detailed resources.
Charley Kyd is the founder of Excel User and has been using spreadsheets for over 35 years. He has an MBA from the University of Washington and has been a Microsoft Excel MVP since 2005, more importantly, his posts are top notch.
Ron runs two excellent sites focused on Excel Automation with VBA. He has a lot of great content for both Windows and Mac versions of Excel.
Daniel’s site Excel Hero is mostly targeted at the advanced user and is a great place to go if you want to get really in depth. Sadly he hasn’t updated his blog since 2013.
Excel With Business
Excel with Business was created by founder Marc in 2009 to solve the problem of ineffective Microsoft Excel training. Their site focuses on the most relevant parts of Excel as applied in business. The site mostly has paid content but there is a good free blog.
JPK Application Development Services
Jan runs an application development company called JPK Application Development Services, but his site also has a lot of Excel articles worth a read.
Steve is the owner of Automate Excel and is a freelance Excel & VBA developer. His site has great beginners tutorials for formulas, VBA, and keyboard shortcuts that will take you from beginner to intermediate Excel user in no time.
Excel Exposure has some good free online Excel training classes designed to help you learn more about the features and functionality of Excel. The site includes video lessons and written tutorials organized into a course lesson plan.
Clearly and Simply
Robert is from Germany and works as a freelance management consultant for telecommunication companies and cable operators. The main focus of his site is on dashboards, tools, techniques, and templates for intelligent data analysis and project management.
AuditExcel was started in 2003 when Adrian left KPMG to set up a consultancy focused on the safe and efficient use of Excel spreadsheets in the corporate world. The site has a tips blog, tool downloads, and video lessons.
Get Digital Help
Oscar has been running his Excel site since 2006 and has created a wealth of great articles. He frequently writes articles around readers’ questions, so send him an email and you might get your question featured on his site.
ExcelTip has been around since 2003 and is a sister site of the popular ExcelForum site. They aim to make you excel in Microsoft Excel by providing you with access to the best-in-class experts.
Nick created his Excel site in 2008 to share his many years of experience using Excel with the world. His site has many free templates and videos on VBA and Excel tips.
The Excel Addict
Francis is a self proclaimed Excel addict. Thankfully for those wanting to learn Excel, he’s not currently in rehabilitation and still shares many great posts on the site he’s been running since 2002.
Daily Dose of Excel
Dick has been dealing with his daily dose of Excel since 2004 where he writes along with other Excel gurus about various Excel topics.
Teach Excel has been around since 2008. They have a blog, forum, tutorials, VBA code snippets, and video lessons to help teach you Excel.
Best Excel Tutorial
The site contains some basic and advanced tutorials, an extensive set of chart tutorials, tips and & tricks, VBA samples, and functions.
Excel Exercise has been around since 2002 and is run by long time Excel user and BI analyst Frédéric. You’ll find a selection of posts on functions, shortcuts, formatting, charts, and pivot tables here.
Excel Training Videos
This site is run by Dinesh since 2012 and as the name suggests, you’ll mostly find video lessons here. Along with the site, he also runs 3 different YouTube channels about Excel!
Andrews Excel Tips
Andrew is a full time Excel programmer and has been blogging about Excel since 2004. This site was only started in 2008 but you’ll find a link to his old site on his about page. You find his tips categorized into formulas, formatting, shortcuts, and VBA on his site.
Struggling to Excel
Ejaz works as an actuary so you know he uses Excel a lot! He started his blog in 2013 as a place to store his own repository of (mostly VBA) Excel work with the hope he could others the trouble of doing mundane procedures repetitively. He posts various functions, procedures, tools, and add-ins so fellow strugglers can benefit from his work.
The Excel Trainer
Mike is an Excel developer and trainer with over 25 years of experience delivering training courses. This site has been around since 2011 and contains a number of free video lessons to help you learn.
Excel Training 101
Doug has been sharing his video lessons on Excel Trainer since 2013 and you’ll find 100+ posts here on his YouTube channel.
Melih is an Excel blogger from Turkey and an Industrial Engineer with an MBA in Business Administration. He started his site to document his learning in Excel and help others. You’ll find posts ranging from beginner to advanced on his site covering formulas, charts, advanced, templates, and VBA.
Ming Fung Wong
Ming’s created her site in 2015 and has been actively posting since. Her site is all about working smarter by mastering functions in Excel, but she shares posts on other topics too!
Andrew’s site aims to teach you some of the most commonly used features, functions, and formulas in Excel along with some great tips and tricks. They offer step by step guides, videos, hints, tips, and more.
Excel VBA is Fun
Excel VBA Is Fun is unrelated to Excel Is Fun but is also a great resource for VBA with over 300 YouTube videos and a website covering most topics you’d want to learn in VBA.
A great resource for anyone interested in advanced VBA topics. The site includes tutorials, a cheat sheet for VBA functions, code snippets, and a variety of VBA tools.
Chris Webb’s site is a great place to learn advanced BI topics in Excel like power query and power pivot. He’s definitely an authority figure on the subject.
I’m not sure who runs Excel Zoom, but they’ve been around since 2008 and the site has a decent collection of posts categorized into tips and VBA.
Ben’s site is the only one on this list not about Excel. His site is about Google sheets, but it’s such a good resource in this area and one that I’ve used in the past that I felt I should include it.
Excel Unplugged is a site run by Microsoft MVP Gašper with a good number of posts on functions, pivot tables, and power BI tools.
Excel By Joe
Excel and sports! If you’re into analyzing your fantasy football league with Excel then Excel by Joe is a good place to start.
Ankit Kaul Machama
Ankit hopes to turn you into an Excel Geek with his site Excel Tricks. There’s a good number of excellent tutorials on a wide range of subjects from formulas to VBA.
While the site is called Excel Functions, there is definitely a lot more than just functions here. You’ll find lots of tutorials from basic to more advanced topics covering pivot tables, macros, VBA, and much more.
GCF Learn Free
This is a site run by the Goodwill Community Foundation where you can learn about hundreds of different topics including the Microsoft Office suite. A great place to start if you’re a beginner, but likely nothing here for the intermediate to advanced user.
Alan Murray is an IT Trainer from England with a passion for teaching. His site has over 500 pages and growing. You’ll find many articles on formulas, charts, pivot tables, dashboards, VBA, and Macros on his site.
Matthew Kuo is a UCLA Anderson MBA graduate who started his website to display his Xcelsius dashboards designed for his school projects. He’s continued using his site to write about Excel.
E for Excel
E is for Excel, but it’s also for Excellent! Vijay has a very active site where you’ll find many articles on Excel tips, challenges, VBA, and Power BI.
Liam is an Excel MVP for over 10 years and an author of 10+ books. He has been writing in the accounting and finance press for all things Excel, financial modeling, and Power BI. He works in consulting, training and auditing, but beware of his sense of humor!
With over 8 million readers annually across his website and the accounting press, SumProduct is rather large. They cover the basics of Excel and beyond.
Check out the SumProduct blog on the final Friday of each month for a weekend challenge aimed at newbies and experts alike. There are daily updates to the blogs plus regular updates in the News and Thought sections. Don’t forget to sign up for the 50+ page monthly newsletter too!
Wyn has been an MVP since 2017 and is an ex-Chartered accountant who now develops Excel and Power BI solutions along with the team at Access Analytic where he is a director. You’ll find lots of Excel and Power BI content with a focus on Power Query across his blog and other social channels.
Finex Skills Hub
Bernard is a Microsoft MVP, Microsoft Certified Trainer, and a Financial Modeler. He is the founder of Finex Skills Hub which has successfully trained many Advanced Financial Modelers in Ghana.
He has an active audience on his LinkedIn Account where he shares tips and tricks on Microsoft Excel and other Office Apps. He runs the Finex Project, a pro bono student training outreach program for students in Microsoft Excel, Office Tools, and Financial Modeling in Ghana.
Work smart and improve productivity with skills in Microsoft Excel, Data Analytics, and Financial Modeling. Finex Skills Hub frequently shares short videos on Microsoft Excel to help you save time on routine office tasks. Using practical examples, you get to practice along with the worksheet on each video.
XL and CAD
Ajay Anand is a Microsoft Excel MVP from India. He is a Civil Engineer by education, Highway Engineer by profession, Coder by interest, and occasionally a Blogger.
Ajay created xlncad.com in 2018 as an effort to learn and share tips, shortcuts, and tutorials related to MS Excel & AutoCAD. He manages two YouTube channels related to Excel, one in English and another one in Malayalam (the official language of Kerala, India). He is also active in Quora with answers to more than 1000 Excel questions.
Ken Puls and Matt Allington are business intelligence experts focused on the Excel and Power BI products. Both are well-respected experts in their fields, and multi-year Microsoft MVP awardees, they live to teach people how to get the most out of the Microsoft BI stack of products.
Skillwave Training is a site dedicated to teaching you how to use Excel and Power BI properly. Their YouTube channel provides a growing library of free video content. Their main site is the host of the Power Query Academy, which is the most comprehensive Power Query training course on the web! From Power Query, Dimensional Modeling, DAX, Excel, and Power BI, you’ll find it at Skillwave.
Excel for Freelancers
Randy has gained a massive following on YouTube where he builds full Excel applications from start to finish with no steps skipped and teaches you all the details. You don’t have to be a freelancer to learn tons from this former freelancing consultant.
Learn Excel Macros
While the site is called Learn Excel Macros and it does have some great beginner VBA tutorials, there is a lot of other worthwhile content on different topics.
Lots of interesting formula challenges with equally interesting solutions to read. A great place to visit if you’re looking to improve your formula writing skills beyond advanced. Unfortunately, the site hasn’t been updated in a long time.
If you’re looking for better ways to gather, analyze, visualize and report your data then you’ve found the right blog to follow. Crispo’s site doesn’t have a ton of content, but the quality is there.
Desk Bright has a limited number of really great tutorial articles to read on Excel. They are among the most detailed, well-written, and formatted posts out there. The only problem is you’ll only be able to view 3 each day before you have to buy his book to view more.
George J Mount
George’s blog has a lot of good posts, just not all to do with Microsoft Excel and data analytics you’ll have to wade through a lot of other business and economics related posts.
Top Excel Forums
When you have a specific Excel question for which you need to find the answer, the best place to start is in an Excel forum.
You’ll be able to post your question and get it answered by one of the thousands of users that love to help others solve their Excel challenges.
Reddit has a subreddit for just about everything you can imagine. There’s even a very active Excel subreddit where you can ask or answer Excel questions. It’s a great place to browse and learn what you don’t know that you don’t know.
This is Reddit’s VBA subreddit. It’s quite a bit smaller than r/Excel but still active and a great place to browse VBA specific topics on Reddit.
An active forum where you can ask and answer Excel questions and it has over 600k posts.
Teach Excel Q&A Forum
A smaller Q and A forum and it’s a bit harder to navigate to find what you’re looking for.
Experts Exchange is a large forum that covers a number of non-Excel related topics but the Excel section is still very big and has an active user base.
With over 2.6 million posts and 200k members, this forum is large with a decently active user base.
With over 3.7 million posts and 945 thousand members, this forum is massive and you’ll likely find an answer to your question without having to ask on the forum.
Mr Excel Forum
This is Mr. Excel’s forum so you’d expect it to be good and it is. Over 4.8 million posts and from its 388k very active members.
Excel Guru Forum
One of the smaller forums on the list, it’s still worth a look. This forum is from Ken Puls well respected site the Excel Guru.
MS Office Excel Forum
A forum for all the office products including Excel. The community is very small and the Excel community is smaller still.
The forum of Chandoo. It has a small but growing passionate members base running the forum.
VBA Express Forum
A smaller forum covering all the Microsoft Office products. The name would suggest it’s only about VBA but all topics can be found here. It is run by VBA Express which is a consulting and training company operated by Jacob Hilderbrand.
my Online Training Hub Forum
A very small forum covering general Excel, dashboards and charts, VBA, power query, and power pivot.
Quora’s mission is to share and grow the world’s knowledge and they have a thriving Excel help category where you can ask and answer questions.
How could you miss out Leila Gharani at xelplus.com?
Easily the best out there – her courses (which can often be bought cheaply on Udemy) are brilliant too
Thanks, I’m still working on this post. I will definitely update and add her!
A good list of Excel influencers! I also recommend Chris Mortimer, who runs Tiger Spreadsheet Solutions and has a YouTube channel.
Thanks, will check it out!