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Excel 2013 Essential Training

via LinkedIn Learning


Teaches you the basics of using Excel 2013 to enter and organize data, use functions, and build charts and PivotTables.

Whether you're a novice or an expert wanting to refresh your skillset with Microsoft Excel, this course covers all the basics you need to start entering your data and building organized workbooks. Author Dennis Taylor teaches you how to enter and organize data, perform calculations with simple functions, work with multiple worksheets, format the appearance of your data, and build charts and PivotTables. Other lessons cover the powerful IF, VLOOKUP, and COUNTIF family of functions; the Goal Seek, Solver, and other data analysis tools; and how to automate many of these tasks with macros.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
1. Getting Started with Excel 2013
  • What is Excel used for?
  • Using the menu system
  • The Quick Access Toolbar
  • The structure of a worksheet or workbook
  • Using the Formula bar
  • Using the Status bar
  • Navigation and mouse pointers
  • Shortcut menus and the Mini toolbar
  • Using the built-in help
  • Creating new files
2. Entering Data
  • Exploring data entry and editing techniques
  • Entering data with AutoFill
  • Working with dates and times
  • Using Undo and Redo
  • Adding comments
  • Using Save or Save As
3. Creating Formulas and Functions
  • Creating simple formulas: Totals and averages
  • Copying a formula for adjacent cells
  • Calculating year-to-date profits
  • Creating a percentage-increase formula
  • Working with relative, absolute, and mixed references
  • Using SUM and AVERAGE
  • Using other common functions
4. Formatting
  • Exploring font styles and effects
  • Adjusting row heights and column widths
  • Working with alignment and Wrap Text
  • Designing borders
  • Exploring numeric and special formatting
  • Formatting numbers and dates
  • Conditional formatting
  • Creating and using tables
  • Inserting shapes, arrows, and other visual features
5. Adjusting Worksheet Layout and Data
  • Inserting and deleting rows and columns
  • Hiding and unhiding rows and columns
  • Moving, copying, and inserting data
  • Finding and replacing data
6. Printing
  • Exploring the Page Layout tab and view
  • Previewing page breaks
  • Working with Page Setup and printing controls
7. Introduction to Charting
  • Creating charts
  • Exploring chart types
  • Formatting charts
  • Working with axes, labels, gridlines, and other chart elements
  • Creating in-cell charts with sparklines
8. Adjusting Worksheet Views
  • Freezing and unfreezing panes
  • Splitting screens horizontally and vertically
  • Showing necessary information with the Outlining feature
9. Multiple Worksheets and Workbooks
  • Displaying multiple worksheets and workbooks
  • Renaming, inserting, and deleting sheets
  • Moving, copying, and grouping sheets
  • Using formulas to link worksheets and workbooks
  • Locating and maintaining links
10. IF, VLOOKUP, and Power Functions
  • Using IF functions and relational operators
  • Getting approximate table data with the VLOOKUP function
  • Getting exact table data with the VLOOKUP function
  • Using the COUNTIF family of functions
11. Security and Sharing
  • Unlocking cells and protecting worksheets
  • Protecting workbooks
  • Assigning passwords to workbooks
  • Sharing workbooks
  • Tracking changes
12. Database Features
  • Sorting data
  • Inserting subtotals in a sorted list
  • Using filters
  • Splitting data into multiple columns
  • Removing duplicate records
13. PivotTables
  • Creating PivotTables
  • Manipulating PivotTable data
  • Grouping by date and time
  • Grouping by other factors
  • Using slicers to clarify and manipulate fields
  • Using PivotCharts
14. Data Analysis Tools
  • Using Goal Seek
  • Using Solver
  • Using Scenario Manager
  • Using Data Tables
15. Introduction to Macros
  • Definition and examples
  • Creating a simple macro
  • Running a macro
  • Next steps

Taught by

Dennis Taylor

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