Microsoft Excel - Basic & Advanced
by Ken Puls
Looking for an Excel course for beginners to experts? This online course has something for everyone, covering beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons in Excel.
Supports Excel for Windows 2010, 2013, 2016. Also available: Excel for Mac.
Getting to Know Excel
Identify the terminology and elements of the Ribbon.
The Work Surface
Recognize the main terms used to describe Excel’s work canvas.
Utilize the keyboard or mouse to select cells and ranges in a spreadsheet.
Create your first Excel file, enter data and create a table.
Format cells by selecting fonts and color fills to make information more attractive.
Utilize basic mathematics including multiplication and division in Excel.
Essential Formula Knowledge
Understanding Excel Formula Anatomy
Learn about working with absolute and relative cell referencing, and techniques for copying formulas.
Use to understand the anatomy of Excel functions, and what their components mean.
Learn basic math functions including SUM, ROUND and SUBTOTAL.
Learn basic statistical functions including COUNT, COUNTA, AVERAGE, MAX, MIN, MEDIAN and MODE.
Learn to build standalone logical IF functions, and make them more complex by nesting AND and OR within them.
Learn to break apart text with the LEFT, RIGHT, MID, FIND and SEARCH functions, and to combine text with the & character.
Understand how dates work in Excel using the TODAY, YEAR, MONTH, DAY and DATE functions.
Understand how time works in Excel, and how to change from whole numbers into time increments and back again.
Intermediate Formula Knowledge
Learn to work with formula auditing tools including tracing precedent and dependent cells and formula evaluation.
Learn to use SUMIF, COUNTIF and SUMPRODUCT to add cells only when certain conditions are met.
Learn about creating and updating external links, and about the potential dangers of external links in Excel.
Learn to work with the EOMONTH and EDATE functions that easily shift dates from one month or year to another.
VLOOKUP with Approximate Match
Learn to use VLOOKUP to find an approximate match and return it or the corresponding value from another column.
VLOOKUP with Exact Match
Learn to use VLOOKUP to find an exact match and return it or the corresponding value from another column.
Other Lookup Methods
Learn to work with INDEX, MATCH and HLOOKUP, as alternatives to the VLOOKUP function.
Learn to sort data in Excel by a single column or by multiple columns.
Learn to filter Excel data for specific words, dates, and apply multiple filters to a single data table.
Learn tricks for consolidating your data so it's vertically contiguous (without blank rows) – for Tables, PivotTables and Charts.
Learn about creating named ranges, and the benefits of doing so.
Learn about creating Excel tables, and their advantages.
Learn to record basic Excel macros to automate your actions (instead of doing them manually).
Learn to create and modify basic PivotTables (for quickly summarizing and highlighting data).
Learn to control formatting and other options in PivotTables.
Calculated Fields in PivotTables
Learn to create and modify basic calculated fields for PivotTables.
Learn to perform what-if analysis in Excel using the Scenario Manager and Goal-Seek.
Presenting and Reporting
Learn to work with the Format Cells dialog to apply text rotation and borders, and to center data across multiple cells.
Learn about adding and working with Excel’s outlining tools to quickly hide irrelevant sections of your worksheet.
Custom Number Formats
Learn to build your own custom number formats to display dates, values and variances how you want to see them.
Conditional Formats with Built-In Rules
Learn to create top/bottom and highlight cell rules, as well as to apply icon sets and data bars.
Conditional Formats with Custom Rules
Learn to create custom conditional formatting rules based on formulas.
Building Column Charts
Learn how to create an effective column chart by reducing ink and 'noise' that distract from the main messages.
Building Bar Charts
How to create an effective bar chart by reducing ink and noise that distract from the story.
Building Pie Charts
Learn how to build an effective pie chart, and when you should and shouldn’t use them.
Building Line Charts
How to create an effective line chart through careful manipulation of chart elements to enhance its story telling ability.
Building Combination Line and Area Charts
When you want to graph 3 line series, but only want 2 in focus most of the time.
Validating and Updating
Learn how to use Data Validation to ensure that users enter valid data in input cells.
Data Validation Lists
Use to restrict users ability to enter invalid data in cells by providing them with a drop down list of valid options.
Learn about creating, reviewing and printing Excel comments.
Learn how to apply built-in number styles and create your own custom styles packages.
Preparing to Deploy
Learn how to create and manage Custom Views in a worksheet.
Page Setup Options
Learn about page setup options, fitting print jobs on a page, headers and footers, and other ways to customize print jobs.
Learn about the setup and weaknesses of Excel’s security systems.
In 49 engaging lessons you will learn basic techniques including how to use math, statistical, logic and text functions, organize data by sorting and filtering, effectively present your data in several chart formats and more. You will also learn intermediate and advanced techniques such as how to find a value with VLOOKUP, create and format PivotTables, record basic Macros and more.
Whether you use Excel for work or study, these tutorials will start you on your journey to becoming an Excel Ninja! Learn more about how a GoSkills Excel certification can boost your career.
If you'd like to learn more advanced Excel techniques, check out our Macros and VBA course.
The course is Microsoft Excel 2010, 2013 and 2016 compliant. Videos are recorded in Microsoft Excel 2016 and 2013 for PC, and where the user interface is significantly different, Excel 2010 videos are provided too.
Once enrolled, our friendly support team and tutors are here to help with any course related inquiries.
I have completed it in 3 days and passed the test and got the job I wanted!
— Weronika Kazmierczak
About half way through and so far outstanding. Just the right amount of information with a perfect time ~ 5 minutes. Expressed clearly and professionally. One the best I have seen.
— C. W. Hunter, CEO, Multivariable Solutions
I really liked the mixture of basic, intermediate and advanced lessons
— Malissa Page
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