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About the Course

In this first course of the specialization Excel Skills for Business, you will learn the essentials of Microsoft Excel. Within six weeks, you will be able to expertly navigate the Excel user interface, perform basic calculations with formulas and functions, professionally format spreadsheets, and create visualizations of data through charts and graphs. Whether you are self-taught and want to fill in the gaps for better efficiency and productivity, or whether you have never used Excel before, this course will set you up with a solid foundation to become a confident user and develop more advanced skills in later courses. The best way to learn Excel is to use Excel. In this course, learners will solve a broad range of business problems as they apply the Excel skills and techniques they learn along the way. This course uses downloadable Excel workbooks and full data sets with applied examples and practical challenge exercises. This provides learners with countless opportunities to practice their Excel skills while discovering new and useful productivity features of Excel for a variety of business contexts. Spreadsheet software is one of the most ubiquitous pieces of software used in workplaces across the world. Learning to confidently operate this software means adding a highly valuable asset to your employability portfolio. At a time when digital skills jobs are growing much faster than non-digital jobs, make sure to position yourself ahead of the rest by adding Excel skills to your employment portfolio....

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Nov 6, 2022

They (the instructors and other people in the background) are best at what they do. Great course. Great structure. Gave me a solid foundation on the topic. Many thanks for them (you know who). Cheers.


Feb 8, 2021

Really well done! You kept me interested and motivated, and that's not easy to do!

I enjoyed the balance of instructional videos and hands-on exercises, and I'm excited to try the Intermediate now.

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By Ms G J B

Jun 23, 2019

The course was excellent. I came into it with an embarrassingly low level of ability and now I'm comfortable and quick producing useful and attractive spreadsheets for work. I'm dyslexic and yet I found the layout of the course very easy to follow and understand. My favourite thing was being able to save useful parts of the video's throughout the course, then review just those points before taking the exam. Thanks!

By Zhen L

Sep 14, 2022

I highly recommend this course to everyone who uses Excel for daily work. Although I am a professional engineer and I started using Excel in high school, I can still find I can learn something new from each video. The course material is well organized and easy to follow. Pratical excamples have been given to solve real world problems.


Oct 4, 2020

Excel Skills Essential Course is outstanding expertise online learning, with a clear and effective lectures

videos, practice quizzes, download workbook, so we can master Excel skills. “because practice makes permanent”.

Thank you Coursera and Macquarie University Business School’s Corporate Trainers.


By Devang C

Nov 30, 2022

Informative from fresher's point of view. The course is really helpful for those who are starting out at excel. It covers all the basic concepts one needs to learn when working on excel. The course sets a great foundation for those who want to excel further in Microsoft Excel.

By Phạm V L C

Aug 4, 2021

Although this is just the Essential course, I have not only learned the basics of Excel but also discovered so many new functions. Therefore this course is very useful to anyone who would like to make the most of their Excel skills in the workplace! Highly recommended!

By Maëlanne B

Jun 28, 2019

Great first course, thanks a lot for such a great preparation work ! It's interactive, clear, user-friendly and fun. I have learnt a lot, even though I am not a beginner with Excel. I'm looking forward to following the 3 other courses.

By Olakunle K A

Feb 18, 2020

Whaoh!!! This course was worth every penny. Easy to understand videos. Excellent coordinators. Great challenges and assessments to reinforce what was learnt in the video. Thank you, Macquarie University. Thank you, Coursera.

By Isabelle R R

Jun 9, 2021

Practice make permanent! Learning (and of course, relearning things that you haven't known the name) Excel essentials is a way to fix your learning in the best form. I certainly recommend this course!

By Subramanian V

Jul 6, 2020

This course was really interesting in the way it was delivered along with practices, and the tips and tricks are very knowledgeable and helpful. I would definitely refer my colleagues to this course.

By Guilherme P d A

Feb 1, 2022

Mesmo o curso essencial (ou básico) é capaz de ensinar muito a usuários experientes da ferramenta.

Even the essential (or basic) course is capable of teaching a lot to experienced users of the tool.

By Scott M D

Jun 28, 2018

It was very thorough and educational and it was a great course for helping me to become familiar with excel and a great platform for building confidence using excel with large data spreadsheets.

By Efren M

Jun 28, 2019

It is hard to think that there is a better teacher that Dr. Breyer, she is a natural born teacher and I am impressed by her loving and articulate style of instruction. She is also very cute :)

By Ferdally J

Jan 4, 2018

Excellent Cours for beginners!

The videos are well explained and the the Practice Challenge really puts theory into practice. I'm really surprised everything I accomplished in only 6 weeks :D

By Ganesh S H

Jun 22, 2019

Very well structured course. Straight to the point tutorials. The challenges given at the end of each week reinforce the concepts learnt through the week! In a nutshell, it's simply amazing!

By Subha D N

Mar 15, 2022

An exceptional course starting from the very basic of excel. No prior knowledge is neccessary to start the course. It goes really deep for conceptual clarity.

By Praveen D

Mar 9, 2020

It was great for new learners.since i knew all this ,so it was just a practice session for me. I have done my revision ,looking forward for the next.

By Andrei C C A - C

Jan 15, 2021

This is course will require a focus on each topic. Some quizzes are hard but it will teach you to be patient and perseverance to finish each task.

By Liuginsa R

Aug 3, 2021

This is an excellent course. It is very well organized and the instructors are very knowledgeable. I recommend this course if you want to upskill

By Cinta B

Jun 24, 2019

This course is fun and very informative with some details that I didn't know about! I am glad that I took this course. I am now into Course 2!

By Roxana P

Aug 2, 2021

I really liked this course, I learned the basic skills and it was all well explained. Definitely going to continue the three next courses.

By Rinki t

May 22, 2020

This course is very helpful for me and very easy to understand and we can easily and quickly learn excel skills from this course.


Jul 31, 2020

i had learned soo many useful functions which are helpful in business operations. Thank you all the tutors and coursera

By Waleed A

Aug 1, 2021

This course really worth it. Instructors have put their best to make alumni understand better. Recommended

By Adnan

May 22, 2020

This course is really awesome for the beginner to improve his/her Excel skill

By Nishant K S

Jun 27, 2019

I loved this course. It was easy and fun. It covered the basics of Excel.