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Excel 2016 Essential Training

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Learn how to enter and organize data, create formulas and functions, build charts and PivotTables, and use other powerful Excel 2016 features.

Start mastering Excel, the world's most popular and powerful spreadsheet program, with Excel expert Dennis Taylor. Learn how to best enter and organize data, perform calculations with simple functions, work with multiple worksheets, format the appearance of your data and cells, 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 automating tasks with macros.


  • Welcome
  • Using the exercise files
1. Getting Started with Excel
  • What is Excel used for?
  • Using the menu system
  • Using the Quick Access Toolbar
  • Understanding workbooks and worksheets
  • Using the Formula bar
  • Using the Status bar
  • Using navigation tools
  • Using shortcut menus and the Mini toolbar
  • Creating new workbooks
  • Using Excel Help
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
  • Copying a formula into adjacent cells
  • Calculating year-to-date totals
  • Creating a percentage-change 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
  • Using 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 Page Layout view
  • Previewing page breaks
  • Working with Page Setup and printing controls
7. Charts
  • Creating charts
  • Exploring chart types
  • Formatting charts
  • Working with axes, titles, and other chart elements
  • Creating in-cell charts with sparklines
  • New charts in Excel 2016
8. Adjusting Worksheet Views
  • Freezing and unfreezing panes
  • Splitting screens horizontally and vertically
  • Collapsing and expanding data views with outlining
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. Data Management Features
  • Sorting data
  • Inserting subtotals in a sorted list
  • Using filters
  • Splitting data into multiple columns
  • Splitting and combining columnar data with Flash Fill
  • Removing duplicate records
  • Using validation tools
13. Data Analysis Tools
  • Using Goal Seek
  • Using Solver
  • Using Scenario Manager
  • Using data tables
14. PivotTables
  • Creating PivotTables
  • Manipulating PivotTable data
  • Grouping by date and time
  • Grouping by other factors
  • Using slicers to clarify and manipulate fields
  • Using PivotCharts
15. Introduction to Macros
  • Exploring the need for macros
  • Creating a simple macro
  • Running a macro
  • Goodbye

Taught by

Dennis Taylor

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