7 Best Excel Books You Should Read to Level Up Your Skills

Learning Excel can be a uphill task. After all, there are so many features, functionalities, and functions to learn about.

And with every version and update, there are new functionalities being added to it.

If learning Microsoft Excel is on your bucket list this year, you would need all the good resources to make the best use of your time.

I am listing the best Excel Books (basic & advanced) that have helped me learn Excel. I highly recommend these Excel books to anyone who is looking to learn Excel.

I have personally gone through each of these Excel books (Yes! All of it) and have learned a lot from it.

This book justifies its name. It's, indeed, a bible in Excel.

It is divided into seven parts where each part handles an aspect of Excel in detail.

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    Part I: Getting Started with Excel
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    Part II: Working with Formulas and Functions
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    Part III: Creating Charts and Graphics
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    Part IV: Using Advanced Excel Features
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    Part V: Analyzing Data with Excel
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    Part VI: Programming Excel with VBA
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    Part VII: Appendixes

This book tries to cover a lot of different topics, and is a good starting point. If you're an intermediate/advanced Excel user, I recommend getting this Excel book (and have it as reference).

Excel 2016 for Dummies is written for Excel beginners.

While it covers all the major Excel features, it does so in an easy to follow tone. It covers the following Excel topics:

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    Excel Basics
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    Worksheet Design
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    Formulas and Functions
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    Worksheet Collaboration
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    Charts and Graphics
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    Data Management & Analysis
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    Macros and VBA

This Excel book is not going to make a power user, but it will give you enough working knowledge to do 99% of the tasks in Excel. Once you're done with this book, you can move to other more advanced Excel books/topics.

If you're beginning with Pivot Tables, this Excel book is a good starting point.

It covers the basics in detail and then takes you through some of the advanced concepts in Pivot Table (such as Power Pivot and VBA).

It comes with a download of example files that are used throughout the book to showcase Pivot Table concepts.

You will also get many practical case studies in this book that really helps in getting a clear picture of when and how to use Pivot Tables.

However, if you're looking for advanced Pivot Table or Power Pivot learning, this Excel book is not for you.

This is a great book for people starting out with Power Pivot. Even the advanced users of Power Pivot would find some golden tips and tricks in it.

The book does a great job in introducing you to the benefits of Power Pivot and is full of practical examples.

It also covers DAX formulas in detail.

Note that I don't recommend this book if you're a beginner. To benefit from this book, you need to have a basic idea of Pivot Table, Tables, relationships, and databases.

The tone of writing is engaging and the use of practical examples make it easy to follow.

This is one of my favorite Excel books (since I love Excel dashboards).

It is divided into five parts:

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    Part 1: Getting Started with Excel Dashboards
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    Part 2: Introducing Charts in Your Dashboards
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    Part 3: Advanced Charting Concepts
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    Part 4: Pivot Table Driven Dashboards
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    Part 5: Working with the Outside World

The best part about this book is that it doesn't try to give you everything. Rather, it focuses on important dashboard concepts and shows you how to best use it.

It is full of important dashboard rules and guidelines that will help you create world class Excel Dashboards.

My take - if you want to learn how to create awesome dashboards, go for this book. It will not show you how to create a dashboard from scratch,but it will give you all the tools and techniques you need to know to build one.

If you're a beginner in VBA, start with this Excel book (that's what I did).

It is divided into 6 parts:

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    Part 1: Getting Started with Excel VBA
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    Part 2: How VBA Works in Excel
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    Part 3: Programming Concepts
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    Part 4: Communication with your Users
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    Part 5: Putting it All Together
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    Part 6: The Parts of Tens

This book focuses on giving you a great start that will create a strong foundation for further Excel VBA learning. If you're already writing codes in VBA, this Excel book is not for you. 

The writing is simple and engaging. It covers a lot of VBA best practices and Do's & Don'ts.

My take - start with this book and read it a couple of times (it's not a big book). Once you've clarity of simple concepts, you can go for an advanced VBA book (or a VBA course).

I call this book the Excel VBA Bible.

It is aimed at beginners as well as power users. A lot is covered in this book and I recommend going one chapter at a time.

This book is best suited for people who have a little bit of VBA knowledge. If you've a working knowledge of how VBA works, this book can be used as a reference.

It is divided into 4 parts:

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    Part 1: Introduction to Excel VBA
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    Part 2: Advanced VBA Techniques
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    Part 3: Working with Userforms
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    Part 4: Developing Excel Applications

My take - If you're a complete newbie to VBA, go for the "Excel VBA Programming for Dummies" book. This books is huge and can be overwhelming for a beginner. Get it only if you're already familiar with basics of VBA. I am not saying that this Excel book will not cover those concepts, in fact, it will cover a lot more, and that may be hard to digest at once.

And if you know a little bit of VBA, this is must have. I have it and I have read it cover to cover.

PS: If you like any of these Excel books and decide to purchase it using the link in this article, I get a small commission (without any additional cost to you). I personally own and have gone through each of these Excel books.

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