How To Take This Class

Course Overview

This Microsoft Excel 2013 Introduction Training course will familiarize students with spreadsheet terminology and the fundamental concepts of Microsoft Excel 2013, 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.

This course will also help students prepare for the Microsoft Office Specialist core-level exam for Excel 2013 (exam 77-420) and the Microsoft Office Specialist Expert exam for Excel 2013 (exam 77-421). For comprehensive certification training, students should complete the Introduction, Intermediate, and Advanced courses for Excel 2013.

Course Prerequisites

Students should be comfortable navigating in Microsoft Windows and working with a keyboard and mouse.

Course Audience

This course is intended for students who have little to no experience using Excel or any other spreadsheet program, but want to become proficient in using Microsoft Excel to create basic worksheets and charts for data tracking and reporting.

What You'll Learn

After successful completion of this course, students will be able 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 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; and use the Format Painter.
  • Create, format, modify, and print charts based on worksheet data; work with various chart elements; and apply chart types and chart 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.

Course Duration

1 Day

Course Outline

  1. Getting started
    • Spreadsheet terminology
    • The Excel environment
    • Navigating a worksheet
    • Using a template
  2. Entering and editing data
    • Entering and editing text and values
    • Entering and editing formulas
    • Saving and updating workbooks
  3. Modifying a worksheet
    • Moving and copying data
    • Moving, copying, and viewing formulas
    • Absolute and relative references
    • Inserting and deleting ranges, rows, and columns
  4. Functions
    • Entering functions
    • AutoSum
    • Other common functions
  5. Formatting
    • Text formatting
    • Row and column formatting
    • Number formatting
    • Conditional formatting
    • Additional formatting options
  6. Charts
    • Chart basics
    • Formatting charts
  7. Graphics
    • Working with pictures
    • Conditional formatting with graphics
    • SmartArt graphics
  8. Printing
    • Preparing to print
    • Page Setup options
    • Printing worksheets

What Students Receive

Each student will receive:
  • A printed courseware manual for use during and after class.
  • Access to an electronic version of the courseware manual for reference after class (available for 12 months after class)
  • 24/7 access via on-demand chat to a Microsoft Excel Instructor (available for six months after class)
  • Access to an online skills assessment to test your knowledge
  • A PC headset for communicating with your instructor and fellow students during your Microsoft Excel 2013 Training Class
  • A course completion certificate upon successful completion of your Microsoft Excel 2013 Training course