Last updated on January 15th, 2018
Videos, podcasts, kindle versions of books and online courses are the trend now. So, do you still need a book to learn Excel?
You still need Excel books.
When I started using Excel, I tried many websites and lots of videos.
No doubt, I learned many useful uses of Excel!
But when I started with the series of Excel Bibles, I got the most of Excel and in a shorter time. As books are organized, and step by step.
So, when and how will you feel the necessity of an Excel book (on your topic) at your desk?
I see the whole learning process in the following steps.
For example, you want to master Data Analysis in Excel. What will be your steps?
Table of Contents
- 1 Lets now talk about the books I have listed here
- 2 Best Excel Book for Beginners
- 3 Books on Excel Charts
- 4 Best Excel Book for Data Analysis
- 5 Best Excel Book for Advanced Users
- 6 Best Excel Macros (VBA) Books for beginners & advanced
- 7 Best Book on Financial Modeling in Excel
- 8 Books on Excel Table
- 9 Best Pivot Table Book
- 10 Best Excel Formulas Book
- 11 Best Excel Dashboard Book
- 12 Excel Books for Marketers
- 13 Excel for Scientists and Engineers
- 14 Business with Excel
- 15 Finance & Accounting with Excel
- 16 Statistics & Prediction
- 17 Best Power BI (business intelligence) books
Step 1: Enroll in a Video Course
- Start with the best video course. Take suggestions from colleagues, seniors or take the help of Google. Udemy is a good place to buy online courses at a cheap price.
- Finished the video course? You’re only 10 – 20% done with the topics.
Step 2: Buy a Book
- Now grab a book for the detailed understanding of the data analysis topics. You will find instantly that many important data analysis topics are not covered in the video course. No worry.
- The book is not finished (I know). It need not to be finished.
Step 3: Problem Solving
- Now go to different forums, web pages (Stack Over Flow type communities) and try to solve the questions on Data Analysis with Excel.
- You will realize that you know nothing of data analysis using Excel
- Solve as many problems as possible. If your work is directly related to the topics you’re learning, you will master the skills faster.
- Facing any troubles? Get back to Books or Video Courses (YouTube or Paid Courses)
So, this is a loop.
Video courses for faster grabbing of the topics -> Books for detailed and faster references and generic problem solving -> Websites or communities for real-life problem-solving, sharing your knowledge and learning new techniques from authoritative bloggers -> When you’re in troubles, learn from the books and videos.
So, the above ones are the steps I follow when I want to master something.
OK. Learning and mastering something in cool way that will really change your life and career, you have to learn it in a nerdy way 😛
So, you got my learning process.
Lets now talk about the books I have listed here
These books are really cool.
Many websites just have listed the Excel books for listing.
But I did not do that.
I selected books very carefully.
What are parameters I have checked before listing a book?
- Book’s review on the site
- My own experience with the books (if it is read by me)
- Checking the author and publisher’s status
- Books referred by authoritative bloggers on Excel
So, if you want to buy a book, you can use my reference.
And I have listed the books category wise for your easy pick.
Best Excel Book for Beginners
So, you’re a very beginner Excel user and searching for the best Excel books for beginners to start with. Here is the list …
- Slaying Excel Dragons by Mike Girvin (Excel Is Fun)
Best books to learn excel 2016
- Excel 2016 Bible by John Walkenbach
- Microsoft Excel 2016 Step by Step by Curtis Frye
- Learn Excel 2016 Expert Skills with The Smart Method: Courseware Tutorial teaching Advanced Techniques by Mike Smart
Best books to learn excel 2013
- Excel 2013 Bible by John Walkenbach
- Excel 2013: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
- Learn Excel 2013 Essential Skills with The Smart Method by Mike Smart
- Learn Excel 2013 Expert Skills with The Smart Method by Mike Smart
Best books to learn excel 2010
- Excel 2010 Bible by John Walkenbach
- Learn Excel 2010 Essential Skills with The Smart Method by Mike Smart
- Learn Excel 2010 Expert Skills with The Smart Method by Mike Smart
Best books to learn excel 2007
Books on Excel Charts
- Show Me the Numbers: Designing Tables and Graphs to Enlighten by Stephen Few
- Good Charts: The HBR Guide to Making Smarter, More Persuasive Data Visualizations by Scott Berinato
Best Excel Book for Data Analysis
- Microsoft Excel Data Analysis and Business Modeling (5th Edition) by Wayne Winston
- Excel Basics to Blackbelt: An Accelerated Guide to Decision Support Designs by Elliot Bendoly
- Guerrilla Data Analysis Using Microsoft Excel: 2nd Edition Covering Excel 2010/2013 by Oz du Soleil & Bill Jelen
- Analyzing Data with Power BI and Power Pivot for Excel (Business Skills) by Alberto Ferrari & Marco Russo
- Statistical Analysis: Microsoft Excel 2013 by Conrad Carlberg
Best Excel Book for Advanced Users
- Advanced Excel Essentials by Jordan Goldmeier
- MrExcel XL: The 40 Greatest Excel Tips of All Time by Bill Jelen, Szilvia Juhasz
- Excel Hacks: 100 Industrial Strength Tips and Toolsby David Hawley & Raina Hawley
- 101 Excel 2013 Tips, Tricks and Timesavers by John Walkenbach
- This Isn’t Excel, It’s Magic! by Bob Umlas
Best Excel Macros (VBA) Books for beginners & advanced
- Professional Excel Development: The Definitive Guide to Developing Applications Using Microsoft Excel, VBA, and .NET (2nd Edition) by Rob Bovey, Dennis Wallentin, Stephen Bullen, John Green
- Excel 2016 Power Programming with VBA (Mr. Spreadsheet’s Bookshelf) by Michael Alexander, Richard Kusleika
- Excel 2013 Power Programming with VBA by John Walkenbach
- Excel 2010 Power Programming with VBA by John Walkenbach
- VBA for Modelers: Developing Decision Support Systems with Microsoft Office Excel by S. Christian Albright
- 101 Ready-To-Use Excel Macros by Michael Alexander
Best Book on Financial Modeling in Excel
- Financial Modeling (MIT Press) by Simon Benninga
- Mastering Financial Modeling: A Professional’s Guide to Building Financial Models in Excel by Eric Soubeiga
- Next Generation Excel: Modeling In Excel For Analysts And MBAs (For MS Windows And Mac OS) by Isaac Gottlieb
- Financial Analysis and Modeling Using Excel and VBA by Chandan Sengupta
- Financial Modeling for Business Owners and Entrepreneurs: Developing Excel Models to Raise Capital, Increase Cash Flow, Improve Operations, Plan Projects, and Make Decisions by Tom Y. Sawyer
- Financial Modeling and Valuation: A Practical Guide to Investment Banking and Private Equity by Paul Pignataro
- Financial Modelling in Practice: A Concise Guide for Intermediate and Advanced Level by Michael Rees
Books on Excel Table
Best Pivot Table Book
- Excel 2016 Pivot Table Data Crunching (includes Content Update Program) (MrExcel Library) by Bill Jelen, Michael Alexander
- Excel PivotTables and PivotCharts: Your visual blueprint for creating dynamic spreadsheets by Paul McFedries
Best Excel Formulas Book
- Excel 2016 Formulas (Mr. Spreadsheet’s Bookshelf) by Michael Alexander
- Excel 2013 Formulas by John Walkenbach
- Excel 2013 Formulas and Functions (MrExcel Library) by Paul McFedries
- Ctrl+Shift+Enter Mastering Excel Array Formulas: Do the Impossible with Excel Formulas Thanks to Array Formula Magic by Mike Girvin (Excel Is Fun)
- Excel 2010 Formulas by John Walkenbach
- 101 Ready-to-Use Excel Formulas (Mr. Spreadsheet’s Bookshelf) by Michael Alexander
- F1 Get the Most Out of Excel Formulas & Functions: The Ultimate Excel Formulas & Functions Help Guide by Joseph Rubin CPA
Best Excel Dashboard Book
- Excel Dashboards and Reports by Michael Alexander, John Walkenbach
- Information Dashboard Design: The Effective Visual Communication of Data by Stephen Few
- The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte
- Dashboards for Excel by Jordan Goldmeier
Excel Books for Marketers
- Marketing Analytics: Data-Driven Techniques with Microsoft Excel by Wayne L. Winston
- Excel for Marketing Managers (Excel for Professionals series) by Ivana Taylor, Bill Jelen
- Basic Marketing Research: Using Microsoft Excel Data Analysis, 3rd Edition by Alvin C. Burns, Ronald F. Bush
- Excel Secrets For Highly Effective Marketers: How To Use Excel For Breakthrough Performance by Jason Khoo
Excel for Scientists and Engineers
- Excel for Scientists and Engineers: Numerical Methods by E. Joseph Billo
- Excel 2013 for Scientists (Excel for Professionals series) by Dr. Gerard Verschuuren
- Engineering with Excel (4th Edition) by Ronald W. Larsen
- Advanced Excel for scientific data analysis, 3rd edition by Robert de Levie
Business with Excel
- Excel 2010 – Business Basics & Beyond by Chris Smitty Smith
Finance & Accounting with Excel
- Excel University Volume 2 – Featuring Excel 2016 for Windows: Microsoft Excel Training for CPAs and Accounting Professionals by Jeff Lenning CPA
- Excel University Volume 3 – Featuring Excel 2016 for Windows: Microsoft Excel Training for CPAs and Accounting Professionals by Jeff Lenning CPA
- Excel University Volume 4 – Featuring Excel 2016 for Windows: Microsoft Excel Training for CPAs and Accounting Professionals by Jeff Lenning CPA
- Excel for Accountants, Second Edition by Conrad Carlberg
- Advanced Excel Reporting for Management Accountants (Wiley Corporate F&A) by Neale Blackwood
Statistics & Prediction
- Statistical Analysis: Microsoft Excel 2013 by Conrad Carlberg
- Statistical Analysis: Microsoft Excel 2010 by Conrad Carlberg
- Decision Analytics: Microsoft Excel by Conrad Carlberg
- Predictive Analytics: Microsoft Excel by Conrad Carlberg
Best Power BI (business intelligence) books
- Power Pivot and Power BI: The Excel User’s Guide to DAX, Power Query, Power BI & Power Pivot in Excel 2010-2016 by Rob Collie, Avichal Singh
- DAX Formulas for PowerPivot: A Simple Guide to the Excel Revolution by Rob Collie
- The Definitive Guide to DAX: Business intelligence with Microsoft Excel, SQL Server Analysis Services, and Power BI (Business Skills) by Alberto Ferrari, Marco Russo
- DAX Patterns 2015 by Marco Russo, Alberto Ferrari
- Learn to Write DAX: A practical guide to learning Power Pivot for Excel and Power BI by Matt Allington
- Microsoft Excel 2013 Building Data Models with PowerPivot (Business Skills) by Alberto Ferrari, Marco Russo
- M Is for (Data) Monkey: A Guide to the M Language in Excel Power Query by Ken Puls, Miguel Escobar
- Microsoft Business Intelligence Tools for Excel Analysts by Michael Alexander
So, this is my list. Pick your essential books and be an expert in your Excel topics.
Last update: April 18, 2017
B. N. If you know some books that should be on this list (not the junk ones), please put it in the comment box. I will check your entry and update my list.