Microsoft Excel 2013 - Level 1

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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.

Intended Audience

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 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.



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:

  • Windows 7: Basic

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.



Course Outline

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



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