So, you’re a beginner or intermediate user of Excel and searching for the best Excel books that will take you somewhere from nowhere.
You’re at the right place.
Truly speaking, I was at your stage some years ago! I did know very little about Excel even in 2013.
I badly needed a tool for my stock data analysis.
I wanted to make some models and found that finance people are using Excel extensively.
I’ve heard about Excel but never used it or I was not in a position to take this too seriously.
I’m a programmer (know already lots of languages), so thought the hard way to make a system for my data analysis.
Talked to some finance people and they suggested me to use Excel.
I started using Excel and I’m still unfolding the true power of this huge tool.
Let’s make the long story short and give you the list of books that you should start with.
Are you a very beginner and you know nothing about Excel?
Started a job and your office needs an Excel tool at your skill box?
OK! Start with the series of Excel bibles (Excel 2016 version).
John Walkenbach, the author of Bible Series, will introduce you to every feature of Excel (in step by step way) with lots of tips, shortcuts, and practical uses of the features.
The books provide the working files (downloadable from online).
So, if you’re a very beginner user of Excel, start with an Excel Bible book.
Here is the list of Excel books you can start with …
Best Books for Beginners to Learn MS Excel 2016
- Excel 2016 Bible by John Walkenbach (choose this one if you’re very beginner & want to start with the latest Excel version)
- Microsoft Excel 2016 Step by Step by Curtis Frye
Best Books for Beginners to Learn MS Excel 2013
- Excel 2013 Bible by John Walkenbach (choose this one if you want to start with Excel 2013)
- Excel 2013: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald (a good book after you’ve finished the above one)
- Learn Excel 2013 Essential Skills with The Smart Method by Mike Smart (very good book. Order this one, too!)
Best Books for Beginners to Learn MS Excel 2010
- Excel 2010 Bible by John Walkenbach
- Learn Excel 2010 Essential Skills with The Smart Method by Mike Smart
Best Books for Beginners to Learn MS Excel 2007
Books for intermediate Excel users
OK. If you’re already introduced to Excel and know lots of general how-to features, then I will rate you as an intermediate Excel user.
Choose these books for your reference.
- Slaying Excel Dragons by Mike Girvin (Mike Girvin is the owner of the world’s most popular YouTube channel on Excel, ExcelIsFun)
- Learn Excel 2013 Expert Skills with The Smart Method by Mike Smart
- Learn Excel 2010 Expert Skills with The Smart Method by Mike Smart
So, start with any of the above books, you will not regret it. If you’ve any questions or suggestions, please put them in the comment box below.