Launch Excel – Who is it for?


Find out who Launch Excel is meant for and discover what's coming next

In a previous blog article I shared with you the story of the beginnings of Launch Excel. I told you how I went from working a regular day job in finance to setting up to help others use Excel more effectively. If you haven’t read that article you can do so by clicking here. This week I’d like to tell you who this site is meant for and say what’s coming next for Launch Excel readers.

Who is my ideal audience?

Ideal Audience

Do you want to take yourself to the next level in Excel?

I have spent 10 years working with Excel in different roles, and I have been really excited to learn new things about Excel and then help my friends at work get better at using Excel. Now with Launch Excel, I want to focus my attention on people who are actively using Excel and who have some experience of Excel – they want to take themselves to the next level, whether this means learning more shortcuts to make their work faster or expanding their knowledge of how to build more effective solutions in Excel.

I feel that I’ve gained many useful skills and ideas of best practice that I’d love to transfer to you, especially if it makes your job easier and quicker to do. You will benefit from material on this site if you want to:

  • Learn secrets of working faster in Excel
  • Automate tasks in Excel and make your life easier
  • Magnify your influence by creating great spreadsheets

Specifically I will focus on these areas:

  • Tips and Tricks – quick tips and shortcuts to make you faster in Excel
  • Pivot Tables – how to analyze data quickly with pivot tables
  • Excel Charts – create clean and powerful charts
  • Excel Dashboards – combine spreadsheet elements to make dashboards
  • Excel Formulas – learn how to write effective formulas
  • Macros and VBA – simple ways to automate Excel

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What if I’m a complete beginner or advanced user?

What if...? As I’m going to focus on intermediate users who are already using Excel on a day-to-day basis, it means that complete beginners may find my material too advanced, and advanced users may find my material too basic.

If you are a complete beginner I am working to develop a new Excel video-course to make it really simple and quick to learn the basics of Excel. Read more in “Spreadsheet Basics Video Course” just below.

I’d love to hear your ideas and feedback for this course. If you have any comments please leave them in the comments section below.

If you are an advanced user you may want to check out these blogs:

  • Excel Hero – advanced Excel with downloadable workbooks to help you learn how Excel thinks
  • Chandoo – “make you awesome in Excel and charting” with a great archive of tips and tricks

Spreadsheet Basics – Excel Tutorial Video Course

I am working to develop a video based course for beginners to Excel that will give new Excel users a simple and quick way to learn the basics of Excel. This course is for you if you want to learn Excel and land a job that needs basic Excel skills. I plan to cover these topics:

  • Overview of Excel
  • Calculation basics
  • Formatting basics
  • Charting basics
  • Lookup functions

If you have any requests for skills that you as a new Excel user want to learn, or have any ideas about what a new Excel user should learn, head down to the comments section below and let me know!

What to do next

It’s easy to get started using Excel but there are so many features in Excel that most people never learn the power features that save time and frustration. I’d like to invite you to join me as I explore better ways of using Excel and look into pivot tables, macros and charting.

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Victor Chan
Hi I'm Victor. I started Launch Excel to help you use Excel and VBA faster. Thousands of people have learned new skills and increased their effectiveness at work with our help. You can do it too! Also I've personally used Excel lots since 2002. I use it mainly in accounting and finance but I also have a Masters degree in Engineering from Cambridge University. I hope you enjoy the site and tutorials!
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  • Rodney P. Eady

    I am so excited after reading your blog. Your blog is very innovative and helpful.

  • Rotimi Daniel

    My Knowledge of Excel is growing rapidly and l want to take steps to develop it further. Your site has been of significant help to me .

    l am sitting the Microsoft Excel 2010 Exam 77-882. What do you think is the best way to prepare for this exam.

    Again what is the the best and cheapest way to learn VBA and get to speed within a short period.

    Rotimi Daniel
    Oxford, UK

    • Victor

      Hey Rotimi Daniel,

      I’m glad to know that you want to expand your Excel horizons, and that you find the material on Launch Excel helpful.

      On the topic of MOS exams I have not taken any myself – all my Excel knowledge is self-acquired over 10+ years of working in Excel.

      So I asked a friend who has the MOS Excel 2007 qualification and his advice was to explore all the Excel menus and use a MOS book and tests. Apparently the 2007 qualification did not test for knowledge of VBA, did not have any difficult formula questions but did have several questions on features that are rarely used in the business world (such as 3D glow shapes). Not sure about the Excel 2010 exam, so it would be best to follow the Microsoft syllabus and get yourself MOS-certified books.

      As for VBA here are 2 options:

      (1) Buy yourself a book on VBA programming and spend the time playing around with projects. Unless you’re already familiar with programming computers in general, there will be many concepts to pick up (loops, program structure, if then statements, properties, methods) and you will need to get familiar with the Excel object model. Finding real projects to work with is a great way to learn – just reading books does almost nothing for your progress. You can check out a range of my recommended books at

      (2) Check out Chandoo’s VBA classes. These start at $97 (online viewing option) so you probably won’t call these “cheap” but they will save you time if you want a structured approach to learning. You don’t need to commit as there is a 30 day money back guarantee, so feel free to try it for yourself. Here’s a link to the VBA classes page: (note: this is an affiliate link)

      If you have lots of time (i.e. a year or so) and don’t mind lots of trial and error you can definitely learn VBA yourself with some good books and some real life projects. When I learned VBA it happened organically over 5 or 6 years, and I did countless Google searches. In fact I’m learning something new about VBA all the time.

      And if you need to pick up VBA quickly then don’t lose the chance to check out Chandoo’s VBA classes, you’ll be glad you did. The initial cost is quickly repaid once you find yourself automating tasks and developing simple applications in VBA.


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