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    About this Course

    ​Microsoft Excel is the most widely accepted spreadsheet tool available today. Students taking the Basic Excel course will familiarize students with spreadsheet terminology and the fundamental concepts of Microsoft Excel, including identifying Excel window components, navigating worksheets, and downloading templates. In addition, students will learn the basics of entering and editing text, values, and formulas, and how to save workbooks in the native Excel format, as well as in other formats. They will learn how to move and copy data and formulas, how to determine absolute and relative references, and how to work with ranges, rows, and columns. Students will also learn how to use simple functions, and how to easily apply formatting techniques to worksheet data. They will create and modify charts, and work with graphics. Finally, they will review workbooks for spelling errors, modify page setup, and print worksheets.

    Audience Profile

    Students taking this course should be comfortable using a personal computer and Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, or preferably Windows 7. They should have little or no experience using Microsoft Excel or any other spreadsheet program. Students will get the most out of this course if their goal is to become proficient in using Microsoft Excel to create basic worksheets and charts for data tracking and reporting.

    At Course Completion

    ​After completing this course, students will know how to:

    • Recognize spreadsheet terminology; start Microsoft Excel and identify the components of the Excel interface; create a blank workbook; navigate worksheets; and open a downloaded template.
    • Enter and edit text and values; use AutoFill; enter formulas and examine the order of operations; save and update a workbook; and save a workbook in different file formats.
    • Move and copy data; use the Office Clipboard; move and copy formulas; use AutoFill to copy formulas; use Paste Link; view formulas; work with relative and absolute cell references; and insert and delete ranges, rows, and columns.
    • Use the SUM function, AutoSum, and the AVERAGE, MIN, MAX, COUNT, and COUNTA functions to perform calculations in a worksheet.
    • Format text, cells, rows, and columns; merge cells; apply color and borders; format numbers; create conditional formats; us the Format Painter; and use Find and Replace to update the formatting for specific content.
    • Create, format, modify and print charts based on worksheet data; working with various chart elements; and apply chart types and chat styles.
      Insert and modify a picture; represent data graphically within cells by applying three forms of conditional formatting (data bars, color scales and icon sets); and insert and modify SmartArt graphics.
    • Check spelling; find and replace text and data; preview and print a worksheet; set page orientation and margins; create and format headers and footers; and print gridlines.


    Getting started

    • Topic A: Spreadsheet terminology
    • Topic B: The Excel environment
    • Topic C: Navigating a worksheet
    • Topic D: Using a template

    Unit 2: Entering and editing data

    • Topic A: Entering and editing text and values
    • Topic B: Entering and editing formulas
    • Topic C: Saving and updating workbooks

    Unit 3: Modifying a worksheet

    • Topic A: Moving and copying data
    • Topic B: Moving, copying, and viewing formulas
    • Topic C: Absolute and relative references
    • Topic D: Inserting and deleting ranges, rows, and columns

    Unit 4: Functions

    • Topic A: Entering functions
    • Topic B: AutoSum
    • Topic C: Other common functions

    Unit 5: Formatting

    • Topic A: Text formatting
    • Topic B: Row and column formatting
    • Topic C: Number formatting
    • Topic D: Conditional formatting
    • Topic E: Additional formatting options

    Unit 6: Charts

    • Topic A: Chart basics
    • Topic B: Formatting charts

    Unit 7: Graphics

    • Topic A: Working with pictures
    • Topic B: Conditional formatting with graphics
    • Topic C: SmartArt graphics

    Unit 8: Printing

    • Topic A: Preparing to print
    • Topic B: Page Setup options
    • Topic C: Printing worksheets


    Students taking this course should be familiar with personal computers and the use of a keyboard and a mouse.


    Online Event


    Live Online Training

    Get the same training you expect in the classroom without leaving your office or home. These are NOT recorded classes. They are LIVE sessions with an expert instructor. We use the latest in video conferencing technologies and audio so you can confidently participate in any class just like being right there in person. We guarantee the effectiveness of our online training delivery approach that we will give you your money back if you are not totally satisfied.  Ask us for a demo.

    Online class requirements:

    • Moderate to fast Internet
    • A phone or computer headset is required in order to hear the instructor/moderator). You can use Computer Audio (VoIP) or you can dial in from a regular phone.  For convenience, we recommend a hands-free headset or phone.
    • Training software must be installed on your computer (trial versions are acceptable)
    • RECOMMENDED: Dual Monitors or computers. For optimal online learning experience, we recommend participants have dual monitors or two computers. Your online classroom credentials allow you to join multiple times from multiple computers. Participants should use one monitor or computer to view the instructor’s shared screen and another monitor or computer to work with the software.

    What happens when you enroll in an online class

    When you register for an online class, you will receive a welcome email followed by login access to the Citrix GoToTraining virtual classroom. A workbook (printed copy or eBook) will be sent to you prior to the start of class.

    Online Training Advantages

    Convenience: You don’t have to travel and can attend from your home, office or anywhere with an internet connection. Our online classes are conducted using GoToTraining, a more robust version of the popular GoToMeeting screen sharing and conferencing platform. To accommodate multiple time zones, courses are typically scheduled from 10am – 5pm Eastern with a one-hour lunch break at 12:30 – 1:30 pm Eastern and a 10-minute break in the morning and afternoon. When conducting custom online course for your group, class times can be modified to accommodate your timezone.

    Interactive Learning: Our online training is fully interactive. You can speak and chat with the instructor and classmates at any time. Various interactive techniques are used in every class. Our small class sizes (typically 4 – 8 students), allow our instructors to focus on individual performance and issues and to work closely with you to meet your unique needs. Classes are designed to be a hands-on learning experience, providing opportunities for you to try your new skills while the instructor is available for review, questions, and feedback. You have the option to give the instructor permission to view your computer to provide one-on-one assistance when needed.

    GSA Schedule: 47QTCA19D008F