Excel 2013, 2010 and 2007 book, e-book and video tutorials

We recommend that you do not learn Excel using one of these earlier versions of Excel.

Excel 2007, 2010 and 2013 have now all reached the end of Microsoft’s five-year mainstream support life cycle and are no longer fully supported by Microsoft. The most recent to leave mainstream support was Office 2013 that reached its five-year birthday on April 10th 2018.

The current version of Excel (Excel 365) is a very different product from Excel 2013 as it now includes Power Pivot and a greatly enhanced Get & Transform module making it suitable for a different type of analysis using OLAP techniques (that Microsoft call “modern data analysis”).

If you are learning Excel for the first time our recommendation is clear:  Use Excel 365 for Windows .  This is the latest and greatest version of Excel and there’s even a 30-day free trial version that will provide enough time to learn.  If you need longer access, Microsoft will provide Office 365 personal to you for less than six dollars a month.  If you don’t like the idea of a subscription Excel 2019 for Windows would be our second choice.  If you master Excel 365 (or Excel 2019) you’ll still be able to use the old versions – they just won’t have as many features.

If you have a Mac computer you should realize that the Mac version of Excel doesn’t include Excel’s OLAP features (Power Pivot etc) that are now a very important part of Excel.  That’s because the OLAP features leverage on Microsoft server technology that the Mac OS does not support.  If you really need to learn using a Mac then Excel 2019 for Mac would be a better choice than Excel 365 for Mac to learn with because our book will then perfectly match what you see on your screen (it isn’t possible to determine what the current version of Excel 365 for Mac will look like as, unlike the Windows version, updates are not scheduled every six months but can happen at any time.

We no longer sell e-books (or video courses) for these retired versions but we do (for the moment) still produce them as physical printed paper books that are available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million (BAM!) and most other online sellers.  

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