Microsoft Excel 2019 - Basic

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New to Excel or need a refresher? This online course is designed to give you a solid foundation in the basics of Excel.

Supports Excel for Windows 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Microsoft 365. Also available: Excel Basic for Mac.

In 25 engaging lessons you will learn 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.

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The course is Excel 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and Microsoft 365 compliant (previously known as Office 365). Videos are recorded in Microsoft Excel 2019, 2016 and 2013 for PC, and where the user interface is significantly different, Excel 2010 videos are provided too.

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Skill level: Beginner
Certificate: Yes (Excel certification)
Lessons: 25
Accredited by: CPD
Pre-requisites: None
Versions supported: 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2021, 365
Video duration: 2h 21m
Estimated study time: 12h 30m for all materials

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The Ribbon

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.


First File

Create your first Excel file, enter data and create a table.



Format cells by selecting fonts and color fills to make information more attractive.


Basic Math

Utilize basic mathematics including multiplication and division in Excel.


Formula Anatomy

Understanding Excel Formula Anatomy


Cell Referencing

Learn about working with absolute and relative cell referencing, and techniques for copying formulas.


Function Anatomy

Use to understand the anatomy of Excel functions, and what their components mean.


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Math Functions

Learn basic math functions including SUM, ROUND and SUBTOTAL.


Basic Statistics

Learn basic statistical functions including COUNT, COUNTA, AVERAGE, MAX, MIN, MEDIAN and MODE.


Logic Functions

Learn to build standalone logical IF functions, and make them more complex by nesting AND and OR within them.


Text Functions

Learn to break apart text with the LEFT, RIGHT, MID, FIND and SEARCH functions, and to combine text with the & character.


Conditional Math

Learn to use SUMIF and COUNTIF to add cells only when certain conditions are met.


External Links

Learn about creating and updating external links, and about the potential dangers of external links in Excel.



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.


Contiguous Data

Power Query is the best tool for consolidating your data so it's vertically contiguous (without blank rows or other garbage) – for Tables, PivotTables and Charts.


Excel Tables

Learn about creating Excel tables, and their advantages.


Cell Formatting

Learn to work with the Format Cells dialog to apply text rotation and borders, and to center data across multiple cells.


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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.


Comments & Notes

Learn about creating, reviewing and printing Excel comments, as well as how comments are evolving in Office 365.

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