Getting Started

Welcome to Excel Exposure!

Congratulations on deciding to improve your Excel skills.

Sometimes the hardest part is getting started, so you’re already doing a great job!

I created this site originally as part of University of Reddit.  Since then it has evolved to be a free-standing Excel training platform. The course is 100% free and no enrollment is required.  The goal is to expose the world to the amazing functionality of Microsoft Excel. This site will be an easy reference for Excel users of all skill levels so that they can refine their skills, become more efficient, and get the most out of this amazing piece of software.

General Overview

This course will be a complete lesson & teaching tool related to Microsoft Excel. It will have sections and information applicable to all experience levels. It will be updated regularly with additional lessons, tips, and demonstrations of how you can get the most out of Excel.

This course will be taught using Microsoft Excel 2010, but most of the functionality can be found in Excel 2007/2003 (although it may be in a different location). I will not be focusing on the Mac version of the product as I do not have it.  I plan on recording Excel 2016 video lessons in the future.


General knowledge of Microsoft Excel is recommended but not at all required. There are lessons of the site for people who’ve never even opened up Excel.

If you’ve never used Excel, I’d suggest watching the Beginner’s Introduction to Excel video lesson as it explains a lot about the program from a first-time user perspective, and discusses some examples from the course.

I try to make sure it is clear what the experience level should be for each lesson in the Lesson Guide.


The course will be hosted on this website.  I will be posting a new video lessons regularly as well as quick tips and other informative links sporadically throughout the course.  I am keeping the homepage with an up-to-date Lesson Plan with all relevant links as lessons are posted (grouped into logical categories).

The previously mentioned Lesson Guide has the intended order for going through the lessons if you plan to take the course from start to finish (with groupings for Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced).

Also, it’s always good to download the latest version of the Master Workbook so that you can follow along with the video exercises.  It also serves as an all-in-one cheat sheet for Excel functions, shortcuts, and examples.

Teacher qualifications

  • April 2013 – 2016 Recipient of the Microsoft MVP Award (4 years running)
  • Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with concentration in Accounting
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting
  • 15+ years of experience working in Financial Planning & Analysis.


Feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments or feedback


50 Responses to Getting Started

  1. Asif Shariff says:

    i would like to be a part of this class

  2. Nitin Khapardey says:

    how do I use formula in excel to get mass, volume and area along with this I also want to know how to write fractions, integral and squareroot sign on spreadsheet

  3. Diki Harwood says:

    I am going to start job as accounts assistance and i know this job involves working lots on excel. My excel is basic. What level excel will i need in order to be good at work?

  4. KP says:

    Thank you for taking the time to make these videos ,as well as sharing them publicly at no cost. I was needing a revisit to Excel for a new job and this was perfect!

  5. Petra Pennington says:

    Wow! This is such an awesome resource!!!
    Thank you so much creating this extensive and educational program. It’s a life saver 🙂

  6. Hi im wanting to know how to register for this course. Thanks

  7. Anup Sharma says:

    hi I would like to start learn excel in your class

  8. Augustine Maada says:

    I would like to get started

  9. shantha kumar says:

    Dear , It is fine, People who cannot afford paying can learn basics from,later earn and go further , Good keep going, let the almighty bless all those who are behind this.

  10. Deep Upreti says:

    I am interested in learning free excel classes. I am a beginner. I want to learn everything in ms excel like sum and V lookup etc.

  11. Hey can you please tell how to get registered for these courses?

  12. Anonymous says:

    I love to learn Microsoft excel.
    because it helps everyone to work in va big company.

  13. Stan says:

    Thank you for your guidance and easy to follow instructions.

  14. Frances Marks says:

    I can’t get started yet but looking to start soon…at work looking farward to following your lead. Thanks

  15. Shri says:

    Hi Ben,
    want to learn Excel from starting. i am not that much perfect in English so facing problems, can you please give suggestion or logic.


  16. Serge Herve says:

    I just wanted to find out if there is certification at the end of the course?

  17. Rachel says:

    Thank you Ben for the free online classes. You’re amazing! I just started the classes and am so excited about learning Excel! I am getting back into the work force and need to learn excel to open new job opportunities. May you be blessed abundantly for sharing your knowledge and expertise with those of us that need this skill to get ahead in our careers or just to get a new job.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this tutorial. My question is can this also work with Excel 2013 version?

  19. Nisha says:

    Do we get any certificate on completion of the course?

  20. Peter says:

    Very nice initiative. I’m trying to build an Excel tutorial myself so I know how hard it can be to make one – great job!

  21. art alvarado says:

    I am currently managing a small complex of forty units and i must do a rent collection report to entre rents. I have never used or taken excel. Im trying to learn the basics. I am very open minded however i am really busy and would like to learn at my own pace. Can you help me?

  22. Supriya D. Vankar says:

    Thanks a lot for taking out time to create this wonderful tutorial which is free,
    Thank You Very Much.

  23. jay says:

    GOD Bless YOU man. seriously

  24. kathy says:

    I’m interested in taking your course. When do they start and how long are the classes?

  25. Anonymous says:

    You are my hero. I needed a deep dive into excel. Thank you!

  26. Anonymous says:

    This has been such a great help to me and thank you for taking your time out to do this.

  27. Helene says:

    These tutorials are great. Wish I could download the video so I can play if not on a high speed connection. Thanks Helene

  28. Rach says:

    Ben! You’re amazing! These tutorials are fantastic, better than a lot of the courses you pay for. I wonder how many jobs and promotions you’ve helped people secure all over the world. Some seriously good karma is owed to you my friend.

  29. Spikes says:

    Thanks, Ben. Great to be able to download the tutorials. ADSL network speed in my part of the world makes online viewing a pain.


  30. Anonymous says:

    Ben, you are so amazing. I love that this is free and it really helped my mom as well. You are wonderful! Thank you and God bless! 😉

  31. anita says:

    how much does this course cost

  32. watcha_k says:

    Thank you for the lesson.

  33. Julio says:

    Best free tutorial ever found! Thanks Ben

  34. HD says:

    Dear Ben,

    Thanks a lot for taking out time to create this wonderful tutorial which is free, I beleive this will be of great help to Excel Lightweights like me!!!
    Many Thanks,


  35. riaz ali says:

    I am looking for free online video courses plz help me??????

  36. Shamin says:

    Thank you Ben, I really appreciated this video

  37. Ruben says:

    Where can I find the video’s. What are the requirements?

  38. Abdulrahman says:

    Thank you Ben,

  39. Thank you Ben!! Best tutorial on the net I have found. You saved me!! A+++++

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