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Microsoft Excel 2013 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 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.
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.
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
- Create, format, modify and print charts based on worksheet data;
working with various chart elements; and apply chart types and chat
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.
Students taking this course should be familiar with personal
computers and the use of a keyboard and a mouse. Furthermore, this
course assumes that students have completed the following courses or
have equivalent experience:
Exams & Certifications
The Microsoft Office Specialist certification is for individuals who use Microsoft’s business desktop software and seek recognition for their expertise with specific Microsoft products. Certification candidates must pass one or more proficiency exams in order to earn the Microsoft Office Specialist certification.
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