What is Launch Excel?

The aim of Launch Excel is to make Microsoft Excel productive for you. Excel is a powerful tool and used widely across business. If you want to improve your skills in Excel you’re in the right place. Learn how to:

  • Use Excel faster with shortcuts
  • Build more effective solutions in Excel
  • Expand your knowledge of what Excel can do

Launch Excel will provide you with the resources you need to make better use of Excel. To get free updates from Launch Excel just enter your first name and email below and click on ‘Sign up for free updates!’ Plus if you subscribe today, you’ll get my free PDF that will help you discover over 100 useful shortcuts in Excel.

Do you want to Learn Excel?

I probably don’t need to tell you that learning Excel can be hard.

Taking a consistent and focused approach can pay dividends, no matter where you are now, where you came from, or what you know.

That’s why I’ve put together this site – to help you learn how to use Excel better. Check out these resources or scroll down for the story of why I created Launch Excel:

We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.
Peter Drucker

About Victor Chan

Photo of Victor (2016)

Launch Excel was founded by Victor Chan. Victor is a passionate Excel user and teacher.

After a 14 year career in various finance roles (Big 4 Auditor, Management Accountant, CFO) he’s refocused on what he loves most: Teaching people how to use Microsoft Excel more productively.

You’ll find that his approach to Excel is effective and based on practical experience. It combines time-saving shortcuts with real world applications explained in easy to understand language, and this approach has helped him attract over 2.1 million views on his YouTube channel as of March 2017.

After years of learning how to use Excel on the job, he now shares his experience with people who appreciate that being more productive in Excel leads to higher job satisfaction and career potential.

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Why was Launch Excel created?

Hi, my name is Victor. Let me tell you a bit about myself and why I created Launch Excel.

I have used Excel since 2002 in various finance roles. My Excel know-how comes from books, blogs, forum posts and a healthy dose of trial and error. I love learning about Excel and have taken many different learning paths, some with greater success than others.

In early 2011, I asked myself the question, “What is the best way to learn Excel?” and set out to help others answer that question for themselves. You can read my article about different ways to learn Excel by clicking here.

Didn't have a map!

When I started out learning Excel I didn’t have a map…

When I started out using Excel I didn’t have a map showing me what to learn or what was possible with Excel. My first couple of months with Excel, I used it as a place to record text, do some simple sums, work with data in tables and plot a few charts.

When I watched experienced users, I saw that they were doing things faster and more effectively than I was. I started to copy their formulas and charts, sometimes well and other times poorly.

As I gained more experience I got quicker by learning keyboard and mouse shortcuts. By the way, if you’re interested in doing things faster in Excel, I have a collection of articles in my Tips and Tricks section which you can access here.

I do countless Google searches for Excel-related topics. Some of the material is great, other material not so good – even when it appears high up in Google search listings. I also read books, useful in places but difficult to follow alongside a live Excel spreadsheet.

Holding open a thick reference book while typing in a formula to follow a long example, while trying not to lose which page you’re on, is hardly my idea of easy or enjoyable!

While I don’t consider myself an Excel guru, I do love learning about Excel and would like to share my knowledge with you. I’ll do that through video, audio, articles, mind maps and anything else I can think of.

That’s why I created Launch Excel – to help you get better at using Excel!

Map & Compass image courtesy of Ove Tøpfer

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If you enjoy learning about Excel, please join my free private email list to keep updated with my freshest content. Just enter your first name and email address below and click on “Sign up!”.

As you discover more of Excel’s capabilities, you may eventually grow beyond what I have to offer on this site. When you do (or if you are already at that stage) please come back and contribute your ideas and comments as an Excel guru. Thanks everyone, and I look forward to connecting with you soon!

Chief Teaching Officer @LaunchExcel

P.S. If you want to connect to me professionally so we can share ideas and grow our professional networks, click on my LinkedIn profile.
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