It’s time to show Excel who’s boss. Whether you’re starting from square one or aspiring to become an absolute Excel power user, you’ve come to the right place.
This course will give you a deep understanding of the advanced Excel formulas and functions that transform Excel from a basic spreadsheet program into a dynamic and powerful analytics tool.
While most Excel courses focus on simply what each formula does, I teach through handson, contextual examples designed to showcase why these formulas are awesome and how they can be applied in a number of ways.
I will not train you to regurgitate functions and formula syntax; I will teach you how to THINK like Excel.
By the end of the course you’ll be writing robust, elegant formulas from scratch, allowing you to:

Easily build dynamic tools & Excel dashboards to filter, display and analyze your data

Create your own formulabased Excel formatting rules

Join datasets from multiple sources with XLOOKUP, INDEX & MATCH functions

Manipulate dates, times, text, and arrays

Automate tedious and timeconsuming tasks using cell formulas and functions in Excel (no VBA required!)

Pull realtime data from APIs directly into Excel (weather, stock quotes, directions, etc.)
We’ll dive into a broad range of Excel formulas & functions, including:

Lookup/Reference functions

Statistical functions

Formulabased formatting

Date & Time functions

Logical operators

Dynamic Array formulas

Text functions

INDIRECT & HYPERLINK

Web scraping with WEBSERVICE & FILTERXML
I have a genuine passion for Excel, and as the founder of Maven Analytics I’ve been lucky enough to teach more than 1,000,000 students around the world. My teaching style is conversational, authentic and to the point, and I will always communicate complex concepts in a framework that is clear and easy to comprehend.
If you’re looking for the ONE course with all of the advanced Excel formulas and functions that you need to know to become an absolute Excel rockstar, you’ve found it.
See you in the course!
Chris (Founder, Maven Analytics)
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Excel Formulas 101
Conditional Statements & Logical Operators

5Introduction: Excel Formulas 101

6Excel Formula Syntax
In this lesson, we'll quickly cover the fundamentals of Excel formula syntax, including function names, nested formulas, and argument types.

7Writing Efficient Formulas with Fixed & Relative References
Learn how to write efficient Excel formulas and functions using cell reference types. In this lesson, we'll demonstrate why it's so important to establish proper fixed and relative cell references, using a simple Excel financial projection.

8Common Excel Error Types
Learn how to interpret and troubleshoot each of Excel's error types. In this demo, we'll walk through scenarios where you may encounter common formula errors, including #NAME?, #REF!, #VALUE!, and #N/A.

9Formula Auditing: Trace Precedents & Dependents
Learn how to use Excel's builtin formula auditing tools to diagnose errors and trace them back to their source. In this demo, we'll practice using Excel's Trace Precendents and Trace Dependents tools to understand which cells are impacted by a given formula, using a simple mortgage calculator as an example.

10Formula Auditing: Evaluate Formula & Error Checking (PC Only)
Learn how to audit complex formulas using Excel's more advanced auditing tools: Evaluate Formula and Error Checking. In this demo, we'll practice troubleshooting the formulas in our home mortgage calculator.

11Navigating Excel Worksheets with Ctrl Shortcuts
Learn how to quickly and efficiently navigate Excel worksheets and workbooks without using your mouse, by mastering powerful CTRL shortcuts. In this demo, we'll practice some of the most common shortcuts, including CTRLarrow, CTRLShift, CTRL Home/End, and more.

12Saving Time with Function Shortcuts
Learn how to use Excel's powerful Function (Fn) shortcuts to repeat actions, access help articles, set cell reference types, and more.

13Accessing Tools with Alt Key Tips
Learn how to quickly access any tool in the Excel ribbon without touching your mouse, by mastering powerful Alt Key Tips. In this demo, I'll show you how to access some of Excel's most popular and powerful tools using nothing but Alt shortcuts.

14BONUS: Mac Shortcuts

15PRO TIP: Creating DropDown Menus with Data Validation
One of the simplest ways to create dynamic and interactive Excel models is to create dropdown menus within worksheet cells. In this demo, I'll show you how to create simple dropdown lists using data validation, and use them to make our home mortgage calculator more userfriendly.

16Congrats, You're a Developer!
One of the things that makes Excel such a powerful platform is that it combines backend data and logic layers with a frontend presentation layer, all inside of the familiar and userfriendly spreadsheet interface. Technically, this makes Excel the world's most popular fullstack developer tool, along with the most ubiquitous data analysis software on the planet.

17Excel Formulas 101

18HOMEWORK: Excel Formulas 101
Common Excel Statistical Functions

19Introduction

20Anatomy of the IF Statement
In this lesson we'll learn how to use simple conditional statements (IF statements) in Excel, which form the basic building blocks of more complex logical tests.

21Nesting Multiple IF Statements
In this lesson we'll practice combining (or nesting) multiple IF statements to create more sophisticated IF/THEN logic using Excel formulas.

22Adding Conditional AND/OR Operators
In this lesson we'll add a bit more complexity to our simple Excel conditional statements, and practice integrating AND and OR statements to test different combinations of criteria.

23Using NOT & "<>" Conditionals
In this lesson we'll explore another type of conditional function in Excel: the NOT (or <>) clause, used for creating "not equal to" criteria within a conditional statement.

24Fixing Errors with IFERROR
In this lesson we'll use Excel's IFERROR statement to test whether or not a given formula yields an error, and evaluate a custom result if true.

25Common IS Statements
In this lesson we'll review many of Excel's most common IS statements used within conditional formulas, including ISBLANK, ISNUMBER, ISTEXT, ISLOGICAL, and more.

26Excel Logical Operators

27HOMEWORK: Logical Operators
Lookup & Reference Functions

28Introduction

29Basic Excel Statistical Functions
In this lesson we'll quickly review many of Excel's basic statistical functions for simple mathematical calulations, including COUNT, MEDIAN, MODE, PERCENTILE, STDEV, VAR, and more.

30Extracting Values with SMALL/LARGE & RANK/PERCENTRANK
In this lesson we'll practice using Excel's SMALL and LARGE functions to retrieve the smallest or largest values from a range, and use RANK and PERCENTRANK to calculate where a given value falls compared to the maximium and minimum values.

31Randomization with RAND() & RANDBETWEEN
In this lesson we'll practice using Excel's randomization tools (including RAND() and RANDBETWEEN) to generate a range of random values under given constraints.

32RowLevel Calculation with SUMPRODUCT
In this lesson we'll introduce the SUMPRODUCT function in Excel, which applies rowlevel calculations to a table or range and returns the sum of each result.

33DEMO: Calculating Shipping Costs with SUMPRODUCT
In this lesson we'll practice applying Excel's SUMPRODUCT function to a realworld use case, by calculating the total shipping cost based on the cost/unit and volume of units shipped from each factory to distribution center.

34Conditional Aggregation with COUNTIFS, SUMIFS & AVERAGEIFS
In this lesson we'll review some of the most powerful and practical functions in Excel: conditional stats functions. In this demo, we'll discuss some of the most common options, including SUMIFS, COUNTIFS, and AVERAGEIFS.

35DEMO: Building a Basic Dashboard with COUNTIFS & SUMIFS
In this demo we'll practice using conditional stats functions like SUMIFS and COUNTIFS to build a basic, dynamic dashboard in Excel using sample data from Major League Baseball teams.

36DEMO: Counting Duplicates with COUNTIF & SUMPRODUCT
In this advancedlevel demo, we'll practice nesting COUNTIF with SUMPRODUCT functions to calculate the number of matching items between two lists in Excel.

37PRO TIP: Data Profiling with COUNT & SUMPRODUCT
In this demo we'll calculate common data profiling metrics (row count, distinct count, errors, and blanks), using COUNT, COUNTIF, and SUMPRODUCT functions.

38Excel Stats Functions

39HOMEWORK: Common Stats Functions
Text Functions

40Introduction

41Working with Named Ranges
In this lesson we'll discuss how to use named ranges to simplify your Excel formulas and generate more intuitive and userfriendly cell references.

42Counting Rows & Columns with ROW/ROWS & COLUMN/COLUMNS
In this lesson we'll introduce Excel's ROW, ROWS, COLUMN and COLUMNS functions, which can be used to define the height or width of a given range, or return the position (or coordinates) of a given cell.

43Introduction to VLOOKUP/HLOOKUP
In this lesson we'll introduce some of Excel's most powerful functions: VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP. We'll discuss when and why they are used, compare the differences, and lay out some rules for working with them effectively.

44Joining Data with VLOOKUP
In this lesson we'll practice applying a VLOOKUP function to a practice data set, in order to retrieve values from one Excel worksheet and pull them into another.

45Fixing Errors with IFERROR & VLOOKUP
In this lesson we'll practice wrapping our VLOOKUP functions in an IFERROR statement in order to return a custom value in cases where our lookup value cannot be located in our table array.

46VLOOKUP Reference Array Options
In this lesson we'll compare several different options for the table_array argument of a VLOOKUP function, including fixed cell references, columnonly references, and named ranges.

47Approximate Match Lookups
In this lesson we'll practice writing a VLOOKUP function using an approximate match argument, in order to match values to predefined ranges (or "buckets"), rather than searching for exact matches.

48Navigating Cell Ranges with INDEX
In this lesson we'll use Excel's INDEX function to navigate to specific rows and columns within a given range.

49Matching Text & Values with MATCH
In this lesson we'll practice using Excel's MATCH function to return the position of a given value or text string within a range of cells.

50Combining INDEX & MATCH to Dynamically Search Ranges
In this lesson we'll combine Excel's INDEX and MATCH functions to dynamically retrieve values from within a twodimensional range of cells. To demonstrate, we'll build a simple price checker to retrieve a value from an array of prices based on a selected product and size.

51Combining MATCH & VLOOKUP for More Flexible Lookups
In this lesson we'll practice nesting a MATCH function within a VLOOKUP, in order to create a more dynamic column index argument and help automate manual formula updates in Excel.

52TROUBLESHOOTING: VLOOKUP with Duplicate Keys
In this lesson we'll address cases where you have a manytomany relationship between your VLOOKUP lookup value and table array. We'll walk through several solutions to the problem, including changing the granularity of your data or using conditional stats functions like SUMIFS to aggregate values across multiple rows.

53SNEAK PEEK: XLOOKUP (Office 365 Only)
In this video we'll introduce one of Excel's newest, most powerful functions: XLOOKUP (currently only available for Office 365 subscribers). We'll review the formula syntax and arguments, and provide a sidebyside comparison against classic VLOOKUP formulas.

54DEMO: Building Dashboards with XLOOKUP (Office 365 Only)
In this video we'll use XLOOKUP functions build a custom, interactive country scorecard using World Bank data from 2018.

55Selecting List Items with CHOOSE
In this demo we'll explore one of Excel's lesserknown lookup functions: CHOOSE. We'll break down the CHOOSE syntax, explore some of the features that make it unique, and use it

56Defining Ranges with OFFSET
In this lesson we'll introduce Excel's powerful OFFSET function, which can be used to create twodimensional cell ranges with a given height and width.

57Combining OFFSET with COUNTA to Create a Flexible Range
In this demo we'll practice combining the Excel OFFSET function with COUNTA, in order to manage lists of values that can grow or shrink in size.

58PRO TIP: Using OFFSET to Create Interactive Charts
In this advancedlevel demo, we'll practice using OFFSET and COUNTA to create dynamic named ranges, and use them to drive a combo chart that users can scroll and zoom using interactive form controls.

59Excel Lookup & Reference Functions

60HOMEWORK: Lookup & Reference Functions
Date & Time Functions

61Introduction

62Capitalization with UPPER, LOWER, PROPER & TRIM
In this lesson we'll introduce Excel's basic capitalization functions, including UPPER, LOWER and PROPER, and discuss why the TRIM function can be so valuable in cases where you may have invisible leading or trailing spaces in your text.

63Combining Text with CONCATENATE (&)
In this lesson we'll introduce the CONCATENATE (&) function, and practice using it to combine text fields in Excel.

64Extracting Strings with LEFT, MID, RIGHT & LEN
In this lesson we'll practice using LEFT, MID and RIGHT function to extract characters from text strings in Excel, and use the LEN function to calculate the number of characters in a given string.

65Converting Text to Values with TEXT & VALUE
In this lesson we'll explore Excel's TEXT and VALUE functions, used for converting text to values or values to text.

66Searching Text String with SEARCH & FIND
In this lesson we'll introduce the SEARCH and FIND functions, which can be used to identify the position of a given character (or group of characters) within a larger string.

67Categorizing Data with IF(ISNUMBER(SEARCH))
In this lesson we'll practice using a powerful combination of Excel functions to categorize records in our data based on the presence of specific text: IF, ISNUMBER, and SEARCH.

68Combining RIGHT, LEN, and SEARCH
In this lesson we'll practice returning a variable number of characters from the right side of a text string in Excel using a combination of RIGHT, LEN and SEARCH functions.

69Replacing Text with SUBSTITUTE
In this lesson we'll explore the SUBSTITUTE function, and use it to replace characters within text strings in Excel.

70Excel Text Functions

71HOMEWORK: Text Functions
FormulaBased Formatting

72Introduction

73Understanding Excel Date Syntax with DATEVALUE
In this lesson we'll introduce the allimportant date value, which is the underlying value that allows Excel to interpret dates and enable meaningful date & time functions. This is a critical concept to understand for anyone working with dates or times in Excel!

74Formatting Dates & Filling Date Series
In this lesson we'll explore date formats in Excel, and practice using Excel's fill series options to automatically generate lists of dates based on different levels of granularity (daily, monthly, yearly, etc).

75Creating RealTime Functions with TODAY & NOW
In this lesson we'll introduce Excel's two volatile date/time functions, TODAY and NOW, which can be used to track the current date or time within a worksheet cell.

76Extracting Time Periods with YEAR, MONTH, DAY, HOUR, MINUTE & SECOND
In this lesson we'll use basic functions like YEAR, MONTH, DAY, HOUR, MINUTE and SECOND to extract various time periods from a date or time field in Excel.

77Calculating the Month Start or End with EOMONTH
In this lesson we'll practice using Excel's EOMONTH function to calculate the month start or month end date.

78Calculating % of Year with YEARFRAC
In this lesson we'll explore Excel's YEARFRAC function, and use it to calculate the percentage progress through the year, based on a given date.

79Defining Time Periods with WEEKDAY, WORKDAY & NETWORKDAYS
In this lesson we'll practice using WEEKDAY functions to return the day of the week as an index number, and explore the use of WORKDAYS and NETWORKDAYS functions to evaluate the length of given time periods with weekends and holidays excluded.

80Calculating Differences Between Dates with DATEDIF (Legacy Function)
In this lesson we'll work with DATEDIF (one of Excel's legacy functions) to calculate the number of days, months, or years between two given dates.

81DEMO: Building a Simple Budget Pacing Tool
In this demo we'll practice combining date and time functions like TODAY, EOMONTH and YEARFRAC to create a simple budget tracking tool in Excel.

82Excel Date & Time Functions

83HOMEWORK: Date & Time Functions
Dynamic Array Formulas

84Introduction

85Creating, Editing & Managing FormulaBased Rules
In this lesson we'll introduce formulabased formatting rules in Excel, and explore some common options.

86Highlighting Rows Using the MOD Function
In this example we'll create a formulabased formatting rule in Excel to highlight every other row, using a MOD formula.

87Formatting Based on the Value of Another Cell
In this lesson we'll practice defining formatting rules in Excel based on the value from another cell, using a simple price checker as a demo.

88Formatting Cells Using Stats Functions
In this lesson we'll practice defining formulabased formatting rules in Excel to apply formats based on statistical operations and conditional statements (i.e. highlighting only rows or records which meet specific criteria).

89Formatting Cells Using Text Functions & Logical Operators
In this lesson we'll practice defining formulabased formatting rules in Excel to apply formats based on textspecific operations (i.e. highlighting only rows or records which contain specific text or start/end with specific characters).

90Excel FormulaBased Formatting

91HOMEWORK: FormulaBased Formatting