Excel Books for Beginner to Intermediate

excel2010_missingmanual Stephan emailed me recently, and asked what books I'd recommend for an advanced beginner and for an intermediate user.

On the Contextures website, I've got a long list of Excel books. They range from books for absolute beginners, to specialized books on statistics and financial modeling.

Here are the advanced beginner books that I suggested to Stephan – do you agree with these choices?

Check the Contents

Before you buy an Excel book, use the “Look Inside” feature on Amazon, if available, to see what the writing style is like, and check the table of contents. The quick peek will give you a general overview of the book, and should help you decide if it's right for you.


Read the Reviews

The customer reviews can be helpful too – both the negative and positive ones. Sometimes another person doesn’t like a book because it’s not for absolute beginners, and that might be a positive thing for you. And there's always the possibility that some of the glowing reviews were written by the author's mother or friends! ;-)


If you can get to a bookstore, you can flip through the Excel books there, and head home with a few that you like. It usually costs a bit more than shopping online, but it's worth it, to find the books that are best suited to your needs and learning style.


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3 Responses

  1. Jon says:

    For an intermediate looking to go more advanced I would recommend “Professional Excel Development.” It helped me take the leap into know how to program and knowing how to set up dashboards, etc. It was nice because there are so many books out there that just show algorithms, formulas, etc. But it was nice to finally read one that showed how to do things properly.

  2. Jitesh says:

    Microsoft Excel Data Analysis and Business Modeling by Wayne Winston teaches a lot of useful techniques together with accompanying examples. Great for a beginner wanting to jump straight into the use cases.

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