Microsoft Excel 365 - Basic

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Overview

Excel is a pillar of the workplace, and for good reason. Its versatility enables you to accomplish essential tasks, like tracking KPIs, creating sales receipts, monitoring expenses, and much more.

This course is designed to give you a solid foundation in Excel basics, teaching you how to work smarter, not harder. 

In a series of engaging, bite-sized lessons, our award-winning instructor and Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Ken Puls will show learners how to:

  • Navigate the Excel interface with confidence.
  • Boost productivity with essential formulas and shortcuts.
  • Organize important data by sorting and filtering.
  • Effectively present your data in several chart formats.
  • And much, much more!

Regardless of your goals with Excel, this basic course allows you to become savvy and confident at using this powerful tool, and can even help you earn an Excel certification!

Looking for something beyond the basics? Try our Advanced course. And if you'd like to know everything from beginner to advanced lessons, then the complete course is for you.

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Summary

Skill level: Beginner
Certificate: Yes (Excel certification)
Lessons: 26
Accredited by: CPD
Pre-requisites: None
Versions supported: 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, 2021, 365
Video duration: 2h 33m
Estimated study time: 12.5h for all materials

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Syllabus

1

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The Ribbon

Identify the terminology and elements of the Ribbon.

2

The Work Surface

Recognize the main terms used to describe Excel’s work canvas.

3

Navigation

Utilize the keyboard or mouse to select cells and ranges in a spreadsheet.

4

Controlling Your Start Experience

Decide what happens when you start the Excel application.

5

Creating Your First File

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

6

Formatting

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

7

Basic Math

Utilize basic mathematics including multiplication and division in Excel.

1

Formula Anatomy

Understanding Excel Formula Anatomy

2

Cell Referencing - Theory

Learn about working with absolute and relative cell referencing.

3

Cell Referencing - Example

See absolute and relative cell referencing in practice, and learn about ways to copy and paste formulas.

4

Function Anatomy

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

5

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Math Functions

Learn basic math functions including SUM, ROUND, and SUBTOTAL.

6

Basic Statistics

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

7

Logic Functions

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

8

Text Functions

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

1

Conditional Math

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

2

External Links

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

1

Sorting

Learn to sort data in Excel by a single column or by multiple columns.

2

Filtering

Learn to filter Excel data for specific words, dates, and apply multiple filters to a single data table.

3

Excel Tables

Learn about creating Excel tables and their advantages.

1

Cell Formatting

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

2

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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.

3

Building Bar Charts

How to create an effective bar chart by reducing ink and noise that distract from the story.

4

Building Pie Charts

Learn how to build an effective pie chart, and when you should and shouldn’t use them.

5

Building Line Charts

How to create an effective line chart through careful manipulation of chart elements to enhance its storytelling ability.

1

Comments and Notes

Learn about creating, reviewing, and printing Excel comments.

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