Learn Excel 2016 Basic Skills with The Smart Method

Free e-book with video lesson walkthroughs

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Frequently Asked Questions

Excel 2016 is regularly updated via semi-annual updates. These often add features to Excel. We regularly update our videos to match the current Excel 2016 version. If you downloaded your e-book some time ago it is possible that your book is referencing an older release of Excel. You can download a fresh copy at any time from the free link above.

Yes. We publish a FREE Excel Basic skills e-book for all Excel versions in common use (including Apple Mac versions). You can download our other free Basic Skills e-books here:  Excel 2007Excel 2010Excel 2013 and Excel 2016 for Apple Mac.  

The January 2018 semi-annual update (version 1709). This version was also released to Semi-Annual (Targeted) channel on Sept 12, 2017 and to the Monthly Channel on Sept 18, 2017. You can learn more about update channels in the free Basic Skills book (Lesson 1‑2: Check that your Excel version is up to date).

The free Basic Skills Excel tutorial will get you started with Excel fundamentals. Even though it is a basic skills course you’ll still master many skills that professional Excel users are unable to use. Available entirely free as an e-book.

The Basic Skills course contains the first 43 lessons in the Essential Skills course and will take most users 5 hours or less to complete.

If you need Excel skills to get a job you may prefer to begin with our Essential Skills course (it includes all of the Basic Skills material and will take you to a higher level of proficiency, giving you all of the skills that an employer would expect).

Free Basic Skills books are also available for Excel 2007Excel 2010Excel 2013 and Excel 2016 for Apple Mac.  

Teaching a class? Order printed copies of this book at our not-for-profit printing cost price.

40 Free Video Walk-Throughs for use with the free e-book

Our FREE Excel 2016 basic skills book has a free video walk-through for every lesson

It is important to realize that the videos are not useful as a learning resource on their own.  This is because it isn’t possible to learn Excel 2016 from a video tutorial for the reasons explained in this article:  Why you can’t effectively learn Excel 2016/365 using a Video Tutorial.

You should download the free Basic Skills e-book (and print it if you wish) before viewing any of these walk-through videos.

Work through the lessons in the free Basic Skills e-book.  You should always try to complete each lesson using your book and only consult the video if you have difficulties completing the lesson, to identify where you are going wrong.  Each video shows one of our Excel consultants completing a lesson from your book.  

2 thoughts on “Excel 2016 Basic Skills Free Tutorial”

  1. I have been very impressed by the teaching I received by listening to Mike Smart for Excel 2010 both basic and essential. When I upgraded to Excel 2016 and began listening to the teaching of the Basics of Excel 2016, it went through the steps like it was going down a checklist, and usually just showed what it was doing instead of explaining. In the 2010 videos, Mike explained things so it was easy to understand…

    1. Hi Randy.

      Regarding your comments, I’ve written an article that explains why it isn’t possible to offer a useful video tutorial for Excel 2016 (in the way that I did for Excel 2007, 2010 and 2013). You can read it here:

      Why you can’t effectively learn Excel 2016/365 using a Video Tutorial.

      I’ve also added a link to this article to the page above in case any other reader has the same question.

      After reading the article you’ll understand why it isn’t possible to record an Excel 2016 Video Tutorial as a commercial product. Instead we’ve produced the Excel 2016 video walk-through videos and given them away for free in the hope that they will be useful to learners using the book/e-book (but only when they have difficulty completing a lesson). Originally they were silent but we had a request to add “text-to-voice” to help visually impaired users. You can mute your speaker if you find this irritating.

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