We are all aware of the many business related functions of Microsoft Excel, but how many of us are aware of the many alternative uses of this surprisingly dynamic software from Microsoft?

Most computer users, especially those who run a Microsoft operating system, will have a basic understanding of Excel and its predominant use as a spreadsheet programme. But there are surprisingly more (and often unusual) uses for Excel that include Excel as a method of creating interactive school projects, as a tool to create clip-art, and even as a high-class 3D graphics engine.

By signing up for an Advanced Excel training course you will learn how to really unleash the awesome power that Microsoft Excel has to offer. Excel effectively and efficiently incorporates practical uses, stacks of features, and consistently high performance. You might even go on to create an even more exceptional and unusual use for Excel than those mentioned above if you have received advance training.

From learning basic Excel skills in the classroom to becoming a confident user of Advanced Excel in the workplace or at home, let us begin by taking a look at Excel as a classroom tool. It is an essential part of life in the 21st century education system that the majority of schools have a classroom dedicated to computers, and the teaching of basic and advanced computer skills.

Excel will form an integral part of the syllabus that will be taught in the computer class. With a basic understanding of Excel, scholars will be able to perform many of the functions that make up this software programme. For example, the compilation in a spreadsheet format of a survey of the personal details, such as the date of birth, the eye and hair colour, and perhaps the favourite pet, of all the scholars in a particular grade at a particular school.

It is quite a simple process, once taught, to collect data for compilation, but it is the analysis of this data that is an invaluable life skill to be learned in the classroom, and an invaluable computer skill to carry through to college, university, and later on into the workplace.

With Excel's ability to help one quickly organise and create graphical representations of data collected, the ease with which that data can be analysed is a skill that is invaluable in the classroom environment as well as in the corporate world.

In the corporate world, the advantages of Advanced Excel are limitless. Just a few of the functions that a trained user will be able to confidently perform include the ability to:
- perform complex calculations efficiently;
- organise and analyse large volumes of data;
- design and use templates;
- consolidate and manipulate data that is taken from a variety of workbooks.