Organizations the world over rely on information to make sound decisions regarding all manner of affairs. But with the amount of available data growing on a daily basis, the ability to make sense of all of that data is becoming more and more challenging. Fortunately, this is where the power of Microsoft® Excel® can help.
Excel can help you organize, calculate, analyze, revise, update, and present your data in ways that will help the decision makers in your organization steer you in the right direction. It will also make these tasks much easier for you to accomplish, and in much less time, than if you used traditional pen-and-paper methods or non-specialized software. This course aims to provide you with a foundation for Excel knowledge and skills, which you can build upon to eventually become an expert in data manipulation.
Note: Most Office users perform the majority of their daily tasks using the desktop version of the Office software, so that is the focus of this training. The course material will also enable you to access and effectively utilize many web-based resources provided with your Microsoft 365 subscription. This includes brief coverage of key skills for using Excel for the Web and OneDrive. Helpful notes throughout the material alert you to cases where the online version of the application may function differently from the primary, desktop version.
This course may be a useful component in your preparation for the Microsoft Excel (Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019): Exam MO-200 and Microsoft Excel Expert (Microsoft 365 Apps and Office 2019): Exam MO-201 certification exams.
Who should attend
This course is intended for students who wish to gain the foundational understanding of Excel that is necessary to create and work with electronic spreadsheets.
To ensure your success, you should have end-user skills with any current version of Windows, including being able to start and close applications, navigate basic file structures, manage files and folders, and access websites using a web browser. To obtain this level of skills and knowledge, you can take the following Logical Operations course:
- Using Microsoft® Windows® 10 (Second Edition)
Course-specific Technical Requirements: Hardware: For this course, you will need one workstation for each student and one for the instructor. Each computer will need the following minimum hardware configurations:
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) 64-bit (x64) processor.
- 2 gigabytes (GB) of Random Access Memory (RAM).
- 32 GB available storage space.
- Monitor capable of a screen resolution of at least 1,024 × 768 pixels, at least a 256-color display, and a video adapter with at least 4 MB of memory.
- Keyboard and mouse or a compatible pointing device.
- Fast Ethernet (100 Mb/s) adapter or faster and cabling to connect to the classroom network.
- IP addresses that do not conflict with other portions of your network.
- Internet access (contact your local network administrator).
- (Instructor computer only) A display system to project the instructor's computer screen.
- Microsoft® Windows® 10 Professional or Enterprise
- Microsoft® 365™ license (which provides the Microsoft Office apps). NOTE: The Microsoft 365 plan you use depends on the licensing available in your environment. If you wish to use a trial version, Microsoft 365 Business Standard is acceptable. This course was not tested with Microsoft 365 Family or Microsoft 365 Personal; some features might not be available in these editions.
- If necessary, software for viewing the course slides. (Instructor machine only.)
In this course, you will learn fundamental Excel skills.
- Familiarize yourself with Excel's layout, its various parts, its commands, and its terminology.
- Outline Excel's abilities to quickly, efficiently, and accurately calculate data.
- Update worksheets without throwing away all of the valuable work you've already done.
- Format a worksheet and organize your data.
- Print workbooks.
- Manage the overall structure of your workbooks.
Outline: Microsoft Excel for Office 365 (Desktop or Online): Part 1 (91136)
Lesson 1: Getting Started with Excel
- Topic A: Navigate the Excel User Interface
- Topic B: Use Excel Commands
- Topic C: Create and Save a Basic Workbook
- Topic D: Navigate in Excel for the Web
- Topic E: Enter Cell Data
Lesson 2: Performing Calculations
- Topic A: Create Worksheet Formulas
- Topic B: Insert Functions
- Topic C: Reuse Formulas and Functions
Lesson 3: Modifying a Worksheet
- Topic A: Adjust Cells, Columns, and Rows
- Topic B: Search for and Replace Data
- Topic C: Use Proofing and Research Tools
Lesson 4: Formatting a Worksheet
- Topic A: Apply Text Formats
- Topic B: Apply Number Formats
- Topic C: Align Cell Contents
- Topic D: Apply Colors, Borders, and Styles
- Topic E: Apply Basic Conditional Formatting
Lesson 5: Printing Workbooks
- Topic A: Preview and Print a Workbook
- Topic B: Set Up the Page Layout
- Topic C: Configure Headers and Footers
Lesson 6: Managing Workbooks
- Topic A: Manage Worksheets
- Topic B: Manage Workbook and Worksheet Views
- Topic C: Manage Workbook Properties