Best Excel Books to Level Up Your Excel Game (For Beginners and Advanced Users)You can't go wrong with having these Excel books in your library
Nowadays, if you want to learn how to use Excel, there are plenty of videos and written tutorials that you can scour around the web (which, I assume, is how you got here).
Most, if not all, of these tutorials are free and can be accessed anytime, anywhere, as long as you have at least a serviceable internet connection.
Aside from these online references, you can also look into books that were specifically written for learning Excel.
Now, while these books may not be free, they often contain information that you can’t find in online tutorials.
Also, since they’re books, you don’t always need an internet connection to access them.
Another thing that these books have over online tutorials is that they often give you a structured learning experience.
Plus, the feel of having a book in your hand is incomparable to reading articles or watching videos on your phone, tablet, or computer.
To give you a head start, I’ll be giving you a list of book recommendations that I think will give you the best bang for the buck when it comes to learning Excel or improving your Excel skills.
You can’t go wrong with having these books in your library.
Microsoft Excel Bible (The Comprehensive Tutorial Resource)
If you’re only looking to get one book for your Excel learning needs, the Microsoft Excel Bible (The Comprehensive Tutorial Resource) is the one that I recommend you get.
Its most recent iteration is the Microsoft Excel 2019 Bible 1st Edition, which is geared toward learning the latest versions of Excel. It’s written by the authors Michael Alexander, Richard Kusleika, and John Walkenbach.
This book caters to all kinds of Excels users be they beginners, intermediate users, or experts.
It has over a thousand pages of Excel goodness.
To make reading and referencing easier, the book is divided into seven parts:
- Getting Started with Excel
- Working with Formulas and Functions
- Creating Charts and Graphics
- Using Advanced Excel Features
- Analyzing Data with Excel
- Programming Excel with VBA
What can you learn from this book?
You can pretty much learn anything about Excel from this book.
Some of the skills you can learn by reading this are the following:
- Basic Excel skills
- Create working spreadsheets that you can use for whatever purpose
- Create charts as well as other graphics to enhance your content’s aesthetics
- Use conditional formatting
- Create Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts
- Data analysis in Excel
- Programming Excel with VBA
Whether you’re looking to enhance your basic Excel skills or just want a nifty reference for everything about Excel, you can’t go wrong with Microsoft Excel Bible (The Comprehensive Tutorial Resource).
Excel for Dummies Series of Books
If you’re looking to learn a new skill (or hone one that you already have), the For Dummies series of books always comes in handy. And what do you know, there is a For Dummies for Excel!
And it’s not only one – there’re at least four For Dummies books that cover the basics as well as advanced Excel features:
- Excel All-in-One for Dummies
- Excel Macros For Dummies
- Excel Formulas & Functions for Dummies
- Excel VBA Programming for Dummies
Let’s go over them one by one.
Excel All-in-One for Dummies
Excel All-in-One for Dummies is probably the best Excel book for beginners.
Its latest iteration is Excel 2019 All-in-One for Dummies written by Greg Harvey.
This book covers all the basics of Excel, which makes it a great read for someone who’s looking to learn Excel from scratch.
It covers the following Excel topics:
- Excel Basics
- Worksheet Design
- Formulas and Function
- Worksheet Collaboration
- Charts and Graphics
- Data Analysis & Management
- Macros and VBA
The major selling point of this book is that it teaches the reader about Excel in an easy-to-digest way.
While this book will not make you an expert in Excel, it’s enough to teach you what you can do with Excel.
It’s a great starting point. Once you’ve thoroughly read this book, you can confidently proceed with other books that cover advanced Excel topics.
Excel Macros For Dummies
Let’s say that you already got the basics of Excel and are now looking to create and run Excel Macros. Excel Macros For Dummies will help you with that.
One of the most sought-after Excel macro books, it will help you learn how to implement at least 70 macros in Excel.
Its latest iteration is the 3rd Edition written by Dick Kusleika.
Excel Formulas & Functions for Dummies
Want to go a bit deeper with Excel formulas and functions? Excel Formulas & Functions for Dummies is the book for you.
Not only does it give you a complete overview of Excel formulas and functions, but it also tells you of the useful formulas that you may use in your daily work.
It also works as a great reference guide for all of Excel’s formulas and functions. Its latest iteration is the 6th edition written by Ken Bluttman.
Excel VBA Programming for Dummies
If you’re a complete beginner in VBA, Excel VBA Programming for Dummies will do great in getting you started.
It aims to teach the basics of Excel VBA programming to the reader, so it may not be best for someone who already knows how to write codes in VBA.
With this book, a beginner can create a solid foundation in Excel VBA. . Its latest iteration is the 6th edition written by Dick Kusleika.
Excel Books for Specific Excel Topics
The following books are the best books you can for specific Excel topics.
Excel 2019: Pivot Table Data Crunching
If you’re looking to learn how to work with Pivot Table in Excel, Excel 2019: Pivot Table Data Crunching (written by Bill Jelen) will greatly help you with that.
It covers the basics of Pivot Table as well as some of its advanced concepts. It also comes with a download of sample files that will help you develop your Pivot Table skills.
This book works great for beginners, but not so much for advanced users.
Power Pivot and Power BI: The Excel User’s Guide to DAX, Power Query, Power BI, and Power Pivot
If you have sufficient knowledge of Excel Pivot Tables work and are looking to advance it, then this book written by Rob Collie and Avichal Sign will do wonders for you.
It does a great job of introducing to the reader the benefits of Pivot Tables, Power Pivot, Power Query, and Power BI. It also does a great job of covering DAX formulas.
Again, this book is not meant for total beginners. You need to have at least an understanding of Pivot Table, tables, relationships, and other basic concepts.
Finance Modelling and Business Reporting
Building Financial Models with Microsoft Excel
If you work in the field of finance, Building Financial Models with Microsoft Excel (written by K. Scott Proctor) is a great book that will teach you how to use Excel for your job.
It’s a great book for those who look to optimally use Excel in Finance. With it, you’ll be able to learn how to use Excel to build financial reports such as:
- Financial statements (e.g. balance sheet, income statement, cash flow statement, etc.)
- Operating budget
- Financial budget
- Financial ratios
It will also help you learn how to build financial models in Excel.
Excel Dashboards and Reports
Are you looking to level up your skills in creating Excel dashboards and reports? Well, Excel Dashboards and Reports (written by Micheal Alexander and John Walkenbach) is a must-have for you.
This book will deepen your understanding of Excel dashboards. It’s not recommended for a total beginner in Excel as it discusses advanced Excel topics such as the dashboard and Pivot Table.
It presents the topics in a user-friendly and easy-to-digest manner.
This book works well for intermediate and advanced Excel users alike.
You should be able to get tips and tricks on how to improve your skills in creating amazing Excel dashboards and reports with this book.
And those are the Excel books that I recommend you get. Some of them work best for beginners, while others work best for intermediate to advanced users of Excel.
I’m not saying that you get all of them though.
Just get the book that best suits your Excel learning needs.