This hands-on course will teach you dozens of shortcuts and tricks for setting up fully-formatted worksheets quickly and efficiently. You will also learn the secrets behind writing powerful mathematical formulas and discover how to use the function wizard to quickly and automatically calculate statistics, loan payments, future value, and more.
In addition, you will get tips on sorting and analyzing data, designing custom charts and graphs, creating three-dimensional workbooks, building links between files, endowing your worksheets with decision-making capabilities, and automating frequently-repeated tasks with macros and buttons. You will also learn Excel 2013 features, including Quick Analysis, Flash Fill, and new charting capabilities.
This is not a tutorial, but an in-depth class developed by experienced Microsoft Excel instructor. By the time you’re done, you will be using this vital Office 2013 application like a pro.
Your first lesson will help you develop a solid understanding of the Excel interface. You will become fluent in the secret language spoken only by Excel users and discover the best way to correct any mistake you made in Excel.
CREATING A WORKSHEET
In this lesson, you will learn five simple steps you should always follow to ensure that your worksheets are always well-planned, well-constructed, and beautifully-formatted.
Your third lesson will teach you the tricks of the Excel masters: a wide variety of useful shortcuts guaranteed to save you time, energy, and frustration. You will also spend some time working with the Quick Analysis and Flash Fill tools, introduced in Excel 2013.
RELATIVE, ABSOLUTE, MIXED, AND CIRCULAR REFERENCES
Do you know the difference between a relative reference, an absolute reference, a mixed reference, and a circular reference? You will after this lesson. This lesson focuses on writing formulas that can help ease through some rather sticky scenarios.
With enough practice, most Excel users quickly become adept at organizing their worksheets across two dimensions: rows and columns. But only a select few will learn how to take their worksheets into the third dimension.
SORTING, SUBTOTALING, AND FILTERING
No Excel course would be complete without a lesson on Excel’s data-crunching capabilities. In this lesson, you will not only learn how to build a database in Excel, but how to subtotal, sort, and filter.
This lesson introduces the various charts available in Excel. You will build your first graph in this lesson, and you will learn how easy it is to adjust the chart type, labels, titles, colors, and many other aspects of your chart.
ADVANCED CHARTING TECHNIQUES
This lesson explores everything from bar charts and line charts to more prosaic graphs like the pie chart, the bubble chart, and 3-D charts. You will find out how to personalize your charts and discover the best ways to print or otherwise display the truly impressive charts that you will be creating.
EXCEL'S STATISTICAL FUNCTIONS
Excel includes many powerful functions that can automatically perform complicated tasks for you. This lesson introduces helpful ways to put these functions to work. You will find out how to ask Excel to magically derive averages, modes, maximums, minimums, and other useful statistics.
This lesson provides an in-depth look at Excel’s financial functions. By the time this lesson is over, you will be able to figure out how much money you will have when you retire, when your kids reach college, or just before your next vacation.
This lesson introduces automation. You will discover how to move your most frequently used commands from their present locations to a much more convenient place: the toolbar. You will also learn how macros can be used to reduce just about any complex task to a single keystroke.
MASTERING EXCEL'S IF FUNCTION
In your final lesson, you will learn how to teach Excel to make and act on certain decisions. You will learn how to utilize a function that allows Excel to make comparisons and use that comparison as the basis for important decisions.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- This course is not suitable for Mac users who are using the Office Mac Home versions.
- PC: Windows 7 or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Microsoft Excel 2013 or Microsoft Office 2013. Note that the “Starter Version” and “Web App” versions of Microsoft Excel 2013 will not work with the full version of Excel taught in this course.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
WHEN CAN I GET STARTED?
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Instructor-Led: Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have three-month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE EACH LESSON?
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons before your three-month access.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENSION?
Instructor-Led: The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.