This course helps you to get up and running quickly with the latest version of Microsoft’s powerful spreadsheet application. This handy step-by-step class starts from scratch, starting with basic topics and moving on to more advanced features of the application, designed to help you to become more productive more quickly. 

 In no time at all you’ll be navigating the Microsoft Excel interface, creating spreadsheets, entering data, working with ranges, formulas and functions, and modifying workbooks.  You’ll also learn how to filter your data using a variety of methods, as well as how to sort your worksheets my one or more columns.  You’ll work with tables and charts and you’ll learn how to insert a variety of different graphics into your Excel documents.  You’ll learn about macros and how they can help to automate those tasks that you perform often and you’ll work with some of Excel’s advanced data analysis tools to analyze your data.  Additionally, you’ll learn how to import data from other applications into Excel and how to export your Access data to other applications.  You’ll end by managing your workbooks using Excel’s various tools.



This course was created for people new to spreadsheets as well as those experienced in Excel who are looking to polish their Excel skills and learn some of the more advanced features of the application.  This course will also be helpful for those coming from a previous version of Microsoft Excel or those looking to delve more deeply into the Excel application.  


-  Step-by-step instructional videos that are easy to follow

-  Downloadable lesson files allowing you to follow along with the instructor

- Support for any questions you may have


The Basics. We’ll begin by creating a new Microsoft Excel workbook and then take a look at the Excel environment.  You’ll set Excel options, learn how to navigate the Excel window, how to open an existing Excel workbook and how to move between worksheets and workbooks.  You’ll learn about the different views in Excel and you’ll learn how to obtain help when necessary. 

Working with Data.  You’ll start by entering in text, numbers and simple formulas.  You’ll learn about cell ranges and how to select them manually.  You’ll discover how to total a range of cells using AutoSum and how to change & delete existing data in your spreadsheets.  You’ll also learn how to find and replace data in your worksheets, how to spellcheck your data and how to insert special symbols. 


Editing a Worksheet.  In this section, we’ll begin the editing process.  You’ll begin by working with ranges, copying and pasting data and using the Microsoft Office clipboard.  You learn several different methods of cutting, copying and moving data in your workbooks.  You’ll then modify your worksheets by changing column width, changing row height and inserting and deleting rows and columns.  

Formatting a Worksheet.  In this lesson, you’ll learn how to format text and values in your worksheets.  You’ll align data within cells, merge cells and center text as well as wrap text with a cell.  You’ll also learn how to add and modify cell borders, and apply colors, shading and styles to cells.  You’ll discover how to hide unhide, freeze and unfreeze rows and as well as how to insert and remove page breaks.

Page Setup and Printing.  Next, we learn how to prepare your spreadsheets for printing and send them to your printer.  You’ll adjust margins, set page orientation, set paper sized and define a specific range for printing.  You’ll learn how to insert headers and footers as well as how to fit a worksheet to print on a specific number of pages. 

Formulas and Functions.  Now we begin working more in-depth with formulas and functions.  You work with relative, absolute and mixed references.  You’ll learn how to copy formulas as well as work with aggregate functions such as MIN, MAX, COUNT and AVERAGE.  We’ll finish by taking a look at how the Insert Function button works.

Modifying Workbooks.  Next, we’ll begin physically modifying your workbooks.  You’ll learn how to add and delete worksheets, copy, rename and position worksheets and group worksheets together so you can work on them as one unit.  Additionally, you’ll discover how to change worksheet tab colors and how to use 3-D formulas and references.  

Working with Tables.  Now we begin working with Tables in Excel.  You’ll learn how to create a table, enter data into a table and how to delete rows and columns from a table.  We’ll take a look at how to format tables, total data in tables as well as how to sort table data by one or more columns.  Using filters, you’ll learn how to display only specific table data.  You’ll also learn how to convert a table back to a range, should you so choose.

Working with Charts.  Now we move on and begin working with Excel charts.  You’ll begin by creating, moving, and resizing charts.  You change the chart layout and apply a style to your charts.  Then, you’ll learn how to label and format chart elements and text.  You’ll look at how to hide gridlines, customize axes and change the chart type.  We’ll take a look at some of the different chart types you can use, such as pie charts, map charts and funnel charts.  You’ll learn how to change a chart’s source data, create a chart template as well as move a chart to a different workbook.

Working with Graphics. We now begin working with graphics.  You’ll begin by adding images from your computer into your spreadsheets and then move on to inserting online images, shapes, icons, and various 3-D shapes.  You’ll then learn how to modify and format drawing objects and shapes.  Additionally, you’ll work with adding organization charts, SmartArt and WordArt into your worksheets.  You’ll then finish by adding hand drawings, simple equations and complex equations to your Excel documents.  

Workgroup Collaboration.  In this lesson, you’ll work with others by emailing workbooks, previewing and saving your workbooks as webpages and inserting hyperlinks into your worksheets.  You’ll also learn how to view, edit and manage comments.  

Financial & Logical Functions.  In this section, we begin delving deeper into some of Excel’s more advanced functions.  We’ll work with the IF function, nested functions, the IFS function, PMT function, and the FV function.  You’ll also learn how to perform on-the-fly calculations using the AutoCalculate feature.

Date & Time Functions.  In this lesson, we’ll work with some of the more common date and time functions.  You’ll learn how various date/time functions.  You’ll look at how to add a date and a date interval, how to subtract dates and even how to calculate time intervals.

Managing Workbooks.  In this section, we’ll begin working with Excel templates.  You’ll learn how to create a new workbook based on a template.  You then create your own template and learn how to make changes to an existing template. Additionally, you’ll discover how to show and hide various workbook elements, how to compare two workbooks side-by-side and how to create a workspace.  You’ll also learn how to save a workbook in a different file format and how to consolidate data from several different worksheets.

Importing & Exporting Data.  Next, we’ll begin working with importing external data into Excel.  You’ll bring data from text files and databases into Excel and, when necessary, convert text to columns.  You’ll learn how to remove duplicate rows of data, how to link to another file and all about linking and embedding objects into your Excel files.  You’ll also learn how to export data from Excel into different file formats.  We’ll even take a look at exporting your Excel workbooks into webpages. 

Formatting Numbers.  In this section, we delve more deeply into formatting numbers. We’ll look at creating your own custom number formats as well as how to use conditional number formatting.  You’ll learn how to apply conditional formatting based on top/bottom rules, how to apply specialized conditional formatting, and how to create your own conditional formatting rules.  You’ll then manage the conditional formatting in your document as well as remove it from your worksheets.

Working with Ranges.  In this section, we’ll delve into some of the more advanced aspects of ranges.  Here, you’ll learn how to name a range, how to use a named range in formulas and function and how to manage the named ranges in your workbook.  You’ll also work with the VLOOKUP function to look up data from a table array.

Work with Macros.  In this lesson, you’ll learn how to automate tasks that you perform often by using macros. You’ll learn how to create, run and edit macros and well as how to save and open workbooks that contain macros.  We’ll finish by learning how to add a macro to the Quick Access Toolbar for easy access.

Data Analysis.  In this section, we begin working with some of Excel’s data analysis tools.  You’ll learn how to trace formula precedents and cell dependents, how to trace and fix errors and how to error check a worksheet.  Then, you’ll learn how to create PivotTables to analyze your data in a variety of different ways.  You’ll rearrange your PivotTable, set PivotTable options, use Slicers to filter a PivotTable as well as learn how to filter a PivotTable inline.  You’ll also create custom PivotTable filters and filter PivotTable data using Timelines.  We’ll conclude this section by creating a PivotChart.

Summarizing Data.  Now it’s time to begin working with the data summary features of Excel.  You’ll learn how to create subtotals, nest subtotals and apply advanced filters to your data.  You’ll also add group and outline criteria to your data ranges and check the validity of your data by using data validation.  We’ll finish off this section by learning how to preview your data using Excel’s Quick Analysis feature.

Analyze your Data.  In this section, we look at a couple of different tools for analyzing your data.  We begin working with Goal Seek and then Solver to find an ideal solution.  We then work with the Scenario Manager to create and save several versions of your worksheet, enabling you to see how changing one or more of your worksheet’s values affects the other values in the worksheet.  We then work with Data Tables, which allow you to see how changing certain values in your formulas affects the results.  We then conclude this lesson by learning how to forecast future values using the Forecast Sheet feature.  

Managing Shared Workbooks.  We’ll finish off the course by learning how to maintain and optimize your workbooks for sharing with others.  We’ll start by learning how to lock and unlock cells in a worksheet so you can apply protection to the worksheet.  You then protect the worksheet and learn how to show and hide formulas.  You’ll also work with protecting workbooks, password protecting workbooks and marking a workbook as final.  To ensure optimal compatibility, you’ll learn how to inspect workbooks, check document compatibility and accessibility, and finally, how to coauthor and share an Excel workbook.



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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Lesson 1 - Excel Basics

    • Introduction

    • Download Lesson Files

    • Creating an Excel Workbook

    • Examining the Excel Environment

    • Opening an Existing Workbook

    • Navigating a Worksheet

    • Create and Save a New Workbook

    • Changing the Save Format

    • Moving Between Workbooks

    • Setting Excel Options

    • Switching Between Views

    • Using Tell Me to Obtain Help

    • Closing a Workbook and Exiting Excel

  • 2

    Lesson 2 - Working with Data

    • Entering Text and Numbers

    • Entering Simple Formulas

    • Using AutoSum

    • Changing and Deleting Data

    • Using Undo and Redo

    • Using Find and Replace

    • Using the Go To Command

    • Inserting Symbols

    • Spell-Checking Your Worksheet

    • Using Smart Lookup

  • 3

    Lesson 3 - Editing a Worksheet

    • Working with Ranges

    • Copying and Pasting Data

    • Using the Office Clipboard

    • Cutting and Pasting Data

    • Copying and Moving Cells using Drag-and-Drop

    • Changing Column Width

    • Changing Row Height

    • Inserting and Removing Rows and Columns

    • Copying Data and Formulas with AutoFill

    • Filling in Cells using Flash Fill

  • 4

    Lesson 4 - Formatting a Worksheet

    • Formatting Text

    • Using the Format Cells Dialog

    • Formatting Values

    • Using the Format Painter Button

    • Alignment and Text Wrapping

    • Merging Cells and Centering Text

    • Adding Cell Borders

    • Applying Colors and Shading to Cells

    • Applying Cell Styles

    • Hiding and Unhiding Rows and Columns

    • Freezing and Unfreezing Rows and Columns

    • Inserting and Removing Page Breaks

  • 5

    Lesson 5 - Page Setup and Printing

    • Adjusting Margins

    • Setting Page Orientation

    • Setting Paper Size

    • Defining a Print Area

    • Printing Worksheet Titles

    • Forcing a Worksheet to Fit

    • Inserting Headers and Footers

    • Printing a Worksheet

  • 6

    Chapter 6 - Formulas and Functions

    • Relative References

    • Absolute References

    • Mixed References

    • Copying Formulas

    • Additional Aggregate Functions

    • The Insert Function Button

  • 7

    Lesson 7 - Modifying Workbooks

    • Adding and Deleting Worksheets

    • Copying Worksheets

    • Renaming Worksheets

    • Repositioning Worksheets

    • Grouping Worksheets

    • Changing Worksheet Tab Colors

    • Using 3-D Formulas and References

  • 8

    Lesson 8 - Working with Tables

    • Working with Tables

    • Entering Data into a Table

    • Deleting Rows and Columns

    • Formatting a Table

    • Totaling Data in a Table

    • Sorting Data in a Table

    • Filtering Data using AutoFilter

    • Creating Custom Filters

    • Converting a Table to a Range

  • 9

    Lesson 9 - Working with Charts

    • Creating a Chart

    • Changing the Layout and Style

    • Labeling Chart Elements

    • Formatting Chart Text

    • Formatting Chart Elements

    • Changing Chart Type

    • Showing or Hiding Gridlines

    • Customizing Axes

    • Creating a Pie Chart

    • Creating a Map Chart

    • Creating a Funnel Chart

    • Changing a Chart's Source Data

    • Moving a Chart to a Different Worksheet

    • Saving a Chart Template

    • Filtering Chart Data

    • Using Sparklines

  • 10

    Lesson 10 - Working with Graphics

    • Adding Pictures

    • Inserting Online Images

    • Adding Shapes

    • Adding Icons

    • Adding 3-D Models

    • Formatting Drawing Objects

    • Inserting WordArt

    • Inserting SmartArt

    • Inserting an Organization Chart

    • Modifying an Organization Chart

    • Taking a Screenshot

    • Using Drawing Tools

    • Drawing Simple Math Equations

    • Generating Complex Equations

  • 11

    Lesson 11 - Workgroup Collaboration

    • Emailing a Workbook

    • Web Page Preview

    • Converting Worksheets into Web Pages

    • Inserting Hyperlinks

    • Viewing and Editing Comments and Notes

  • 12

    Lesson 12 - Financial & Logical Functions

    • Using the IF Function

    • Using Nested Functions

    • Using the IFS Function

    • Using the PMT Function

    • Using the FV Function

    • Using AutoCalculate

  • 13

    Chapter 13 - Date & Time Functions

    • Understanding Date and Time Functions

    • Adding a Date and a Date Interval

    • Subtracting Dates

    • Calculating Time Intervals

  • 14

    Chapter 14 - Managing Workbooks

    • Creating a Workbook using a Template

    • Creating a New Template

    • Editing a Template

    • Showing or Hiding Workbook Elements

    • Creating a Workspace

    • Comparing Two Workbooks Side-by-Side

    • Saving a Workbook in a Different File Format

    • Using Data Consolidation

  • 15

    Chapter 15 - Importing & Exporting Data

    • Importing and Exporting Data

    • Importing Text Data into Excel

    • Converting Text to Columns

    • Removing Duplicate Rows of Data

    • Importing Data from a Database

    • Linking to Another File

    • Linking and Embedding Objects

    • Exporting Data from Excel

    • Publishing Worksheets and Workbooks to the Web

  • 16

    Lesson 16 - Formatting Numbers

    • Creating Custom Number Formats

    • Using Conditional Formatting

    • Applying Conditional Formatting Based on Top/Bottom Rules

    • Applying Specialized Conditional Formatting

    • Creating your Own Formatting Rules

    • Managing Conditional Formatting

    • Clearing Conditional Formatting

  • 17

    Lesson 17 - Working with Ranges

    • About Ranges

    • Using a Named Range

    • Managing Range Names

    • Using the VLOOKUP Function

  • 18

    18 - Automating with Macros

    • Creating a Macro

    • Editing a Macro

    • Running a Macro

    • Saving a Workbook with Macros

    • Saving a Workbook with Macros

    • Adding a Macro to the Quick Access Toolbar

    • Lesson 18 - On Your Own Exercise

  • 19

    Lesson 19 - Data Analysis Tools

    • Tracing Formula Precedents

    • Tracing Cell Dependents

    • Tracing and Fixing Errors

    • Error Checking a Worksheet

    • Creating a PivotTable

    • Setting PivotTable Options

    • Formatting a PivotTable

    • Filtering PivotTable Data with Slicers

    • Filtering PivotTable Data Inline

    • Creating Custom Filters

    • Filtering PivotTable Data Using Timeline

    • Creating a PivotChart

    • Chapter 19 - On Your Own Exercise

  • 20

    Lesson 20 - Summarizing Data

    • Adding Subtotals to a List

    • Nesting Subtotals

    • Applying Advanced Filters

    • Adding Group and Outline Criteria to Ranges

    • Using Data Validation

    • Previewing Data using Quick Analysis

    • Lesson 20 - On Your Own Exercise

  • 21

    Lesson 21 - Analyzing Your Data

    • Using Goal Seek

    • Using Solver

    • Creating and Displaying Scenarios

    • Using Data Tables

    • Forecasting Future Values

    • Lesson 21 - On Your Own Exercise

  • 22

    Lesson 22 - Sharing & Collaborating with Others

    • Locking and Unlocking Cells in a Worksheet

    • Protecting a Worksheet

    • Showing or Hiding Formulas

    • Protecting a Workbook

    • Encrypting a Workbook

    • Marking a Workbook as Final

    • Inspecting Workbooks

    • Checking Document Accessibility

    • Sharing and Co-Authoring an Excel Workbook

    • Class Project - Company Update

    • Lesson 22 - On Your Own Exercise

    • Conclusion

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