9 free or affordable online courses to learn how to use Excel

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  • Millions of people use Excel to sort and analyze data, and it's a career mainstay for its highly transferable skill set.
  • Mastering basic or advanced Excel functions can pay substantial dividends, improving workflow or even helping you advance in your career.
  • Below, you'll find 9 of the most popular online classes to learn the spreadsheet ropes.
  • Read more: Harvard offers an online data science certificate program for under $800, but you can also audit each class for free

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If the modern workforce has a Swiss army knife, it may be Microsoft Excel. From finance to marketing, millions of people use spreadsheets to sort and analyze the (increasingly vast) data that enables informed decisions.

While there are ever-sleeker intelligent analytics platforms, many companies still rely upon the classics — namely, Excel — thanks to their ubiquity and highly transferable skill set; A 2019 Deloitte study of 1,000 executives at large companies (500+ people) found that over 60% still used such traditional tools.

Even if Excel isn't directly part of your job, you might spend hours spreadsheeting every day, and taking a few hours to master the most useful features can pay us meaningful dividends. It can help you be more efficient, productive, organized, and (subsequently) less frustrated.

Below, you'll find a few of the most popular Excel courses online — from beginnger crash courses to tutorials on niche skills. You can find even more on e-learning sites such as edX, Coursera, Udemy, and LinkedIn Learning. 

Many of the classes below offer trial periods or are free to audit, though the audit versions typically don't include graded assignments or shareable completion certificates. For full access to a course, you can expect to pay about $100 depending on the platform and breadth of the class.

9 of the most popular online Excel classes