Intermediate Microsoft Excel 2013

Take your skills to the next level, and harness the full power of Excel. This hands-on course will help you master charts, graphs, PivotTables, Slicers, Sparklines, AutoFilter, macros, and other advanced Microsoft Excel 2013 functions.
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In this hands-on course, you will learn how to utilize Excel's data analysis tools and AutoFilter commands to create informative, eye-catching charts and graphs. In addition, you will see how easy it is to create macros that let you manipulate data with the push of a button. You will also learn how to use Goal Seek and Solver and apply them to real-world problems. And you will set yourself apart from the casual Excel user by adding VLOOKUP, INDEX & MATCH, and Excel's other time-saving functions to your repertoire.

What you will learn

  • Master charting, PivotTables, Slicers, Sparklines, and other advanced features of Microsoft Excel 2013
  • Learn to create useful and eye-catching charts
  • Discover how to manipulate data with the push of a button
  • Add the time-saving functions of advanced Excel users to your repertoire

How you will benefit

  • Take your Excel 2013 skills to an expert level and become a more productive member of your organization
  • Gain indispensable skills that will be useful in any organization that relies on numbers-based reporting
  • Learn to fully harness the power of Microsoft Excel 2013 and use all of its capabilities to save time and money

How the course is taught

  • Instructor-led or self-paced online course
  • 6 Weeks or 3 Months access
  • 24 course hours

In your first lesson, you will discover why Excel 2013 is such a powerful and user-friendly charting tool. To you, a workbook's numbers might tell an interesting story. But to others, that story might not be quite so obvious—they might just see plain old numbers. You will learn how to choose the right chart for your story and then how to create, format, and edit your chart.

This lesson continues exploring Excel's charting options—this time looking at the lesser-known options that are available to you. Even though they may not be well-known, these options can add tremendous value to your worksheets in the right situations.

Working with data in Excel can be quite easy when you know about the tools that are available in a table format. One of these great tools is the Auto Filter command. This lesson will teach you how to use Auto Filter to limit your table information to just the records you want.

If you know what formulas you want, but you just don't know which formula will get you there, then Excel's Goal Seek is exactly what you need. In this lesson, you will learn how to utilize this tool to avoid the trial-and-error approach that most Excel users go through to get to the right answer.

This lesson will teach you how to use one of the best features of Excel: the PivotTable. There's no greater what-if analysis tool to summarize, reorganize, and report data.

Just like charting, Excel's PivotTables are too big a topic to fit into one lesson. This lesson takes a tour through some of Excel's more advanced techniques, like the PivotTable filtering tool Slicer. You will also learn how a PivotTable can serve as your source for the PivotChart.

Have you ever worked with a financial model in Excel and wondered how you could speculate different outcomes by changing different input amounts? The Excel Solver can do just that. In this lesson, you will learn how to use Solver to solve a complex problem based on criteria and constraints.

There's nothing more exciting than learning how to master a new feature in Excel. This lesson introduces how to create all three types of Sparklines, as well as formatting options for each. By the end of the lesson, you will have the skills to create dashboard-style mini charts.

In this lesson, you will find out how to use macros to turn repetitive and often time-consuming tasks into automated Excel functions. You will also learn how to record a macro that performs a time-consuming task in seconds with the click of a button.

If you have used Excel for a while, you know there are hundreds of functions at your disposal. The last three lessons of this course will cover how and why you would use them. This lesson introduces creating various functions using some from the Text category.

Next to learning how to create macros, most students want to learn as much as they can about Excel functions. This lesson focuses on more complex functions of the "Math & Trig" category, the SUMIF and COUNTIF functions in particular.

Since functions are such an important and integral part of using Excel, your final lesson will cover some of the more advanced features. In this lesson, you will learn how to use the VLOOKUP, INDEX, and MATCH functions.

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.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or newer.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Microsoft Excel 2013, Microsoft Office 2013 (Office Home and Student 2013, Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013, or Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 (not included in enrollment).
  • Note that the "Starter Version" and "Web App" versions of Microsoft Excel 2013 will not work with the full version of Excel taught in this course.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Instructional Material Requirements:

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

Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: You can start this course at any time your schedule permits.

Instructor-Led: Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Self-Paced: You have 3 month access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period.

Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons within the allotted access period.

Instructor-Led: 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.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.