Microsoft Excel for Mac - 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 for Mac.

Supports Excel for Mac 2016. Also available: Excel Basic (PC).

In 24 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.

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.

Video tutorials are recorded in Microsoft Excel for Mac 2016.

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Skill level: Beginner
Certificate: Yes (Excel certification)
Lessons: 24
Accredited by: CPD
Pre-requisites: None
Versions supported: Excel for Mac 2016
Video duration: 2h 08m
Estimated study time: 12h for all materials

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CPD - The CPD Certification Service.



The Ribbon

Identify the terminology and elements of the Ribbon.

Video time: 04m 36s


The Work Surface

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

Video time: 04m 57s



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

Video time: 04m 23s


First File

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

Video time: 04m 22s



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

Video time: 05m 45s


Basic Math

Utilize basic mathematics including multiplication and division in Excel.

Video time: 05m 05s


Formula Anatomy

Understanding Excel Formula Anatomy.

Video time: 07m 19s


Cell Referencing

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

Video time: 05m 34s


Function Anatomy

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

Video time: 07m 18s


Math Functions

Learn basic math functions including SUM, ROUND and SUBTOTAL.

Video time: 05m 08s


Basic Statistics

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

Video time: 05m 20s


Logic Functions

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

Video time: 05m 37s


Text Functions

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

Video time: 06m 32s


Conditional Math

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

Video time: 06m 05s


External Links

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

Video time: 05m 27s



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

Video time: 03m 49s



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

Video time: 05m 28s


Contiguous Data

Learn tricks for consolidating your data so it's vertically contiguous (without blank rows) – for Tables, PivotTables and Charts.

Video time: 05m 06s


Cell Formatting

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

Video time: 06m 06s


Building Column Charts

Learn how to create an effective column chart by reducing ink and 'noise' that distract from the main messages.

Video time: 04m 42s


Building Bar Charts

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

Video time: 05m 08s


Building Pie Charts

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

Video time: 05m 16s


Building Line Charts

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

Video time: 04m 33s



Learn about creating, reviewing and printing Excel comments.

Video time: 04m 49s

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