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Excel is one of the most popular end-user tools in the accountant’s portfolio. Spreadsheets enable us to quickly and flexibly perform analysis that otherwise would be difficult or time-consuming; however, there is a tendency to place undue trust in them. The Excel Community is a 'one-stop shop' for accountants who want to use Excel better and understand and minimise spreadsheet risk.

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Features and articles

Excel tips: the Power Query revolution

Power Query fundamentally changes how the vast majority of users need to design spreadsheet models and solutions. Microsoft Excel guru Simon Hurst argues that Power Query changes everything about Excel – including training.

Blogs and discussions

Power Query and financial modelling – conditional sums

This is the second article in a series that looks at various Excel modelling issues and challenges in order to see whether the Power Query/Get & Transform tools can be a viable alternative to more traditional Excel cell-based solutions.

Webinars and recordings

Power BI Desktop - turn data into action

Almost exactly two years ago, Rishi Sapra presented an excellent introduction to Power BI and its capabilities. Since then, Microsoft has continued to update Power BI with significant updates arriving monthly. This webinar will focus on the free version of Power BI, Power BI Desktop, and cover the different components of Power BI Desktop using a practical example to take you from raw data to interactive report.

Finance in a digital world

Finance in a Digital World

ICAEW is collaborating with Deloitte to ensure its members and students have the knowledge and skills to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the fourth industrial revolution and to meet its challenges head on. Log-in to access exclusive content, including: eLearning, webinars and bite-sized summaries on individual technologies and the broader impact of digital technologies on finance.

The Library & Information Service provides a hand-picked collection of eBooks as a benefit of membership. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support or contact library@icaew.com

Principles of financial modelling: model design and best practices using Excel and VBA

A practical guide to financial modelling, demonstrating how to plan, design and build financial models.

Financial modeling in Excel for Dummies

A beginner's guide to financial modeling using Microsoft Excel.

Mastering financial mathematics in Microsoft Excel: a practical guide to business calculations (3rd edition)

Fully updated and compliant with Excel 2013, this clearly explains the basic calculations for mathematical finance, backed up with simple templates for further use and development, and a workbook with exercises and solutions at the end of each chapter

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