Excel 2019 Essential Training

Run through Lynda.com, Dennis Taylor's master class on Excel focuses on the handling, management and analysis of data using Excel's features. The entire course can be covered in just over two hours, and it focuses exclusively on helping Excel beginners advance their understanding of the software. A free overview is available, and the course can be completed during a free trial with Lynda.com

Created by: Dennis Taylor

Produced in 2018

What you will learn

  • The benefits of using Excel
  • Shortcuts and menus
  • Basics of data entry
  • Means to create unique visual effects
  • Keyboard shortcuts

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Overall Score : 74 / 100

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Course Description

Start mastering Excel, the world-renowned powerful spreadsheet program, with Excel expert Dennis Taylor. Learn how to enter data, organize data, perform calculations with simple functions, work with multiple worksheets, format the appearance of data and cells, build charts, and create PivotTables. Find out how to use the IF, VLOOKUP, and COUNTIF family of functions. See how to use data analysis tools, including Goal Seek and Solver. Discover how to automate tasks with macros, manage data, and more.



    • Barrier of entry: this course can be completed by anyone, regardless of their background before starting.
    • Offline access: unlike most Excel tutorials, all of the training resources in this course can be accessed offline (although they have to be initially downloaded).
    • The Lynda.com experience: the course is run through a subscription to Lynda.com. That same subscription grants access to volumes of supplemental information and additional lessons at no extra cost.
    • The course is short. There are free courses that go much deeper into Excel's capabilities and uses.
    • The course does not go beyond beginner concepts. Alone, it will not teach mastery of some of Excel's most advanced analytical tools and techniques.

Instructor Details

Dennis Taylor

Dennis Taylor is an Excel expert who has 25+ years of experience in spreadsheet authoring and training.

Dennis has experience working as an author, speaker, seminar leader, and facilitator. Since the mid-90s, he has been the author/presenter of numerous Excel video and online courses and has traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada presenting over 300 seminars and classes. He has authored or co-authored multiple books on spreadsheet software and has presented over 500 Excel webinars to a diversity of audiences. Dennis has worked with hundreds of different corporations and governmental agencies as well as colleges and universities. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.



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By melanie4816 on 5/11/2019

I believe they charge a monthly subscription fee and then you can take unlimited classes. I thought Dennis Taylor was a good instructor.

By beyphy on 10/30/2018

I've taken several Lynda.com courses and I would say they're worth the money. Their videos are very concise and can be a good introduction to learning something.

By ImOkReally on 10/30/2018

It was ok but I didnt learn anything I couldnt have learned for free on YouTube.