The Microsoft Excel blog kicks it off!

Lots of Microsoft Excel blogs expect you to know all the ins and outs of PivotTables and formulas, conditional formatting and macros. This blog is for two groups of people: folks who are fairly new to Excel and would like to advance from “newbie” to “intermediate” expertise, and folks who just want the basics.

What does that look like in real life? Maybe you have to use Excel spreadsheets at work to present data to your team, but you don’t want to give up your whole lunch hour to learn about some Excel feature that might make your spreadsheet easier to read. After all, you have some tasty leftovers in the fridge for lunch, and the line at the microwave gets long.

Or perhaps you’re a whiz at summing numbers and sorting lists in your spreadsheets, but wouldn’t mind learning a few new tips and tricks to save some time, like how to quickly clean up that data you just imported.

Oh, and don’t forget that guy at the bar listening to his buddies talk about VLOOKUP and thinking to himself, what the heck is that? If that’s you, you might want to think about finding some new buddies, but you could also subscribe to this blog to keep up with the patter.

I should note that this blog is also different from the others because it’s got four bloggers behind it, not one. I’m Amy Miller, and I write Help content for Excel, along with Gary Willoughby, Frederique Klitgaard, and Anneliese Wirth. We’re our own highly functioning, dysfunctional family. Our own mini Brady Bunch, if you will. So, look for the first set of blog posts from all of us over the coming weeks. Here’s to our new blog, created just for you!

— Amy Miller