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Advanced Microsoft Excel 2010

Most organizations rely heavily on Excel to consolidate, analyze, and report financial information. Your company is probably no exception. Wouldn't it be great to learn how to effectively use all the advanced Excel features? In this practical and information-packed course, you'll do just that.

You'll see how to work with the additional analysis tools provided by Excel add-ins and become skilled in using validation to protect the integrity of your worksheets from less experienced users. Impress your coworkers by learning how to add functional and eye-catching custom controls to any worksheet and how to use scenarios and data tables to quickly perform what-if data analyses. You'll discover advanced techniques for PivotTables, like creating Timelines, calculated fields, and calculated items. You'll learn how to use Excel's consolidation function to efficiently summarize data from multiple sources, become adept at importing external data, and master the art of conditional formatting to highlight duplicate entries and other common worksheet problems. As you become proficient, you'll be able to accomplish just about anything Microsoft Excel has to offer!

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Starting April 17 | May 15

Advanced Microsoft Excel 2010


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Course Code: ae0

What You Will Learn
  • Become skilled in using validation to protect the integrity of your worksheets
  • Learn how to add functional and eye-catching custom controls to any worksheet
  • Understand how to use scenarios and data tables to quickly perform what-if data analyses
  • Discover advanced techniques for PivotTables, like creating Timelines, calculated fields, and calculated items
  • Learn to efficiently summarize data from multiple sources and import external data
  • Master the art of conditional formatting to highlight duplicate entries and other common problems
  • Learn how Excel 2010 table tools take the complexity out of table creation and management
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Become a more indispensable part of your organization with advanced Microsoft Excel knowledge
  • Open the door to more career opportunities and promotions with this advanced knowledge
  • Become more confident in your ability to analyze and report on data
  • Impress your coworkers and mangers with your new knowledge


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Week 1

Learn how to use data analysis tools and techniques to improve your decision making, and you'll practice generating accurate data more quickly. Explore how you can modify Excel to streamline processes and make your work easier. Then discover some great table management features in Excel 2010, discuss how to use data forms with Excel databases, and look at a few alternative database techniques.

Week 2

Tackle data validation techniques—your first line of defense against incorrect or missing data and the logical next step after data forms. You'll practice using whole number, decimal, date, time, list, and other forms of validation, and you’ll even explore the possibilities of custom validation. Then start working with custom controls—graphical objects that help facilitate data input and are sure to impress users. You'll learn how to create standard and drop-down list boxes, check boxes, option buttons, and group boxes. You'll also master the process of creating a dynamic list box

Week 3

Learn how to use conditional formatting to hide errors, to highlight records based on multiple criteria, to track and alert you about due dates, to find the differences between two lists, to shade every other row, and more. You'll learn how to impress your manager by setting up a scorecard, which will show you problem areas in red, possible problems in yellow, and everything running smoothly in green. Then you'll learn how to use Excel's consolidation function to efficiently summarize data from multiple sources.

Week 4

Focus on a few important Excel functions spanning four categories: Logical, Database, Math & Trig, and Lookup & Reference. You’ll also find out all about importing external data from various sources including external databases and the Internet.

Week 5

Learn how to use two types of data tables: a one-variable data table (which lets you substitute just one variable into the formula calculation) and the two-variable data table (which allows you to change multiple aspects of the formula). Then explore three more of Excel's what-if analysis tools: Goal Seek, Scenario Manager, and Solver.

Week 6

Discover how to use PivotTables, which are excellent for summarizing massive amounts of data and viewing different cuts of the information quickly. Finally, you’ll look at the functions available in the Analysis ToolPak, including: the Moving Average and Sampling tools and complete exercises using advanced filters.

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Instructors & Support

Chad Wambolt

Chad Wambolt has spent his entire professional career in the finance field, working for both private and publicly-held companies with sales ranging from $500 million to $3 billion. He is a graduate of Boise State University, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in accounting. Through the course of his career, Wambolt became an expert user of Microsoft Excel. Since 1997, he has taught Excel to students of varying skill levels and helped organizations streamline internal processes.




Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course must be taken on a PC. It is not suitable for Mac users.

Software Requirements: 

  • Windows XP or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Microsoft Office Excel 2010, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010, Microsoft Office Home and Business 2010, or Microsoft Office Professional 2010 (not included in enrollment). Note that the "Starter Version" and "Web App" versions of Microsoft Excel 2010 will not work with the full version of Excel taught in this course.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.


Prior to taking this course, completion of Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2010 and Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2010 or similar courses are recommended.


Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2010

with Chad Wambolt

In this online course, you will discover dozens of shortcuts and tricks for setting up fully formatted worksheets quickly and efficiently. You will learn the secrets behind writing powerful formulas, using functions, sorting and analyzing data, designing custom charts, creating three-dimensional workbooks, building links, working with templates, and creating macros and custom toolbar buttons.

Course Code: IXT

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Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2010

with Chad Wambolt

Take your Excel skills to the next level! This course will help you master charting, PivotTables, Slicers, Sparklines, and other advanced features of Microsoft Excel 2010. You will learn how to harness the power of Excel's data analysis and filtering tools. You will also set yourself apart from the casual Excel user by adding VLOOKUP, INDEX & MATCH, and Excel's other time-saving functions to your repertoire.

Course Code: NX0

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Instructional Materials

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.


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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.

How does it work?

Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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