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Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2019/Office 365

Do you manage large sets of numbers, names, dates, or other pieces of information? If so, then you need to create worksheets to manage, store, organize, and even analyze this information. Excel, Microsoft’s powerful spreadsheet software, is the most widely-used program to handle this task. In fact, most workplaces require that new employees have a basic level of understanding of Microsoft Excel. 

If you want to learn the 2019 version of Microsoft Excel, this course will introduce you to the program’s basic functions and uses. Through hands-on lessons, you will learn numerous shortcuts to quickly and efficiently set up worksheets. You will also learn how to use the function wizard to calculate statistics, future values, and more. In addition, you will get tips on sorting and analyzing data, creating three-dimensional workbooks, and automating frequently-repeated tasks with macros and buttons. By the time you're done, you will know how to use this vital Office 2019 tool.

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Starting February 13 | March 13

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2019/Office 365

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Course Code: ix9

What You Will Learn
  • How to create worksheets, charts, and graphs
  • Methods for sorting and analyzing automating often repeated tasks
  • How to parse data with Flash Fill
  • Important keyboard shortcuts
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
  • Knowing how to use Excel 2019 will make you a more productive member of your organization
  • Gain indispensable skills that will be useful for numbers-based reporting
  • Develop skills that can be used to simplify your life of calculating and displaying numbers both personally and professionally

Outline

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Excel Basics

In our first lesson, you'll develop a solid understanding of the Excel interface. You'll become fluent in the secret language spoken only by Excel users, you'll discover the best way to correct just about any mistake you might make in Excel, and you'll find yourself gliding effortlessly from cell to cell, leaving behind expertly written labels, numbers, and formulas.

Creating a Worksheet

In this lesson, you'll learn five simple steps you should always follow to ensure that your worksheets are always well-planned, well-constructed, and beautifully formatted.

Time-Savers

Our third lesson will teach you the tricks of the Excel masters: a wide variety of useful shortcuts guaranteed to save you time, energy, and frustration. We'll also spend some time working with the Quick Analysis and Flash Fill tools. By the time you finish this lesson, you'll really start to feel like an Excel pro.

Relative, Absolute, Mixed, and Circular References

Do you know the difference between a relative reference, an absolute reference, a mixed reference, and a circular reference? You will after this lesson. Today, we focus on writing sophisticated formulas that can help ease us through some rather sticky scenarios.

3-Dimensional Workbooks

With enough practice, most Excel users quickly become adept at organizing their worksheets across two dimensions: rows and columns. But only a select few will learn how to take their worksheets into the third dimension. Today, you'll join that exclusive group. Prepare to have your socks knocked off as you gain hands-on experience in the construction of three-dimensional workbooks.

Sorting, Subtotaling, and Filtering

No Excel course would be complete without a discussion of Excel's amazing data-crunching capabilities. Today, you'll not only learn how to build a table in Excel, you'll also learn how to subtotal, sort, and filter.

Charting Basics

In this lesson, you will explore the exciting world of charts. You'll build your first graph today, and you'll learn how easy it is to adjust the chart type, labels, titles, colors, and many other aspects of your chart.

Advanced Charting Techniques

Today, you'll dig deep into Excel's charting capabilities. You'll explore everything from bar charts and line charts to more prosaic graphs like the pie chart and 3-D charts. You'll find out how to personalize your charts with photographs, text labels, and drawings. You'll also discover the best ways to format your chart for print or otherwise display the truly impressive charts that you'll be creating.

Intro to Excel's Statistical Functions

Excel includes many powerful functions that can automatically perform some very complicated tasks for you. In today's lesson, you'll learn some very interesting ways to put these functions to work for you. You'll find out how to ask Excel to magically derive averages, modes, maximums, minimums, and other useful statistics from nothing more than a column or two of numbers.

Financial Functions

You'll continue our exploration of Excel functions with an in-depth look at Excel's handy financial functions today. By the time this lesson is over, you'll be able to figure out how much money you'll have when you retire, when your kids reach college, or just before your next vacation. You'll be able to calculate the monthly payment on just about any type of loan, and you'll know how to figure out how long it will take to pay off your credit cards. You'll even create an amortization table of your very own, just like the one lenders use to track a loan's payoff amount over time.

Worksheet Automation

Students often rank this lesson as one of their favorites. Today, you'll find out how to automate just about any task you find tedious or time-consuming. You'll discover how to move your most frequently used commands from their present, obscure locations to a much more convenient place: the toolbar that's always perched at the very top of your screen. You'll also learn how you can use macros to reduce just about any complex task to a single keystroke.

Mastering Excel's IF Function

You'll be intrigued by our final lesson, in which you'll learn how to use Excel to aid you in decision making. We'll use a special function in Excel that allows it to make comparisons and use those comparisons as the basis for important decisions.

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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.

Requirements

Prerequisites / Requirements

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to take this course.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements: 

  • This course must be taken on a PC. A Mac is not compatible.

Software Requirements: 

  • PC: Windows 10 or later operating systems.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Microsoft Excel, a subscription to Office 365, or Microsoft Office Home and Student 2019 (not included in enrollment).
  • 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.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Materials

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

FAQs

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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.

What can I do with microsoft excel?

Microsoft Excel is software that allows you to organize data and create spreadsheets. You can also use the program to perform calculations using formulas, create charts and graphs to present information, and forecast future events based on past trends. Microsoft Excel provides a tool that can be used to quickly and accurately present data in a professional way — adding value by helping others understand pertinent information. You can use it in your workplace, but also at home as a personal tool to keep track of finances, estimate loan payments, and other things.

How is microsoft excel used in the workplace?

Microsoft is more than just an important spreadsheet tool for organizing data into columns and rows. There are many reasons that businesses worldwide trust this software, but there are a few you might not know about. It allows professionals to display data easily and visually using charts and graphs to add emphasis in reports and marketing material. It helps users find trends in their data to help demonstrate key points and even provides future predictions based upon past trends. Microsoft Excel can be used as a single storage tool bringing data together from various files and documents.  And, Microsoft Excel can be accessed online giving business professionals the ability to review files from multiple devices wherever they are located.

What kinds of jobs use excel?

There are many professions that require the skill of effectively using Microsoft Excel including:

  • Financial Analysts
  • Sales Manager
  • Accountants
  • Auditors
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Product Development Professionals
  • Lead Generators
  • Market Analyst
  • Cost Estimator
  • Educators
  • Project Managers
  • And more
Are professionals who know how to use excel in demand?

Yes, professionals who understand how to effectively use Microsoft Excel to its full potential are in high demand. You’ll even find hundreds, if not thousands, of remote Excel jobs which allow you to work from the comfort of your home with your newfound knowledge of this powerful software. You may even be rewarded with higher pay once you obtain knowledge of some of Microsoft Excel’s lesser known, but powerful tools.

What types of businesses use microsoft excel?

Microsoft Excel is used by businesses worldwide in virtually every industry. It is used for a variety of business tasks including tracking data in spreadsheets, work scheduling, basic accounting, tracking sales, calculating ROI, storing customer data, and more. You’ll find Excel used in Education, Technology, Manufacturing, Retail, Government, and almost every other industry you can imagine. It is used in small businesses and large corporations as well as every size organization in between.

How is microsoft excel changing from older versions?

Microsoft is now offering Microsoft Excel in an on-demand cloud service. This allows for closer collaboration among colleagues and supports the move toward more remote work and increased mobility. Additionally, it gives professionals with an expert knowledge of the software the ability to work like freelance software developers if they choose—developing pivot tables, programming macros, and more.

What other types of Microsoft programs are used in business?

The Microsoft Office Suite is used by 1.2 billion organizations worldwide in virtually every industry. The Microsoft Office Suite has a software product designed to help every type of business run more efficiently and professionally. Programs in addition to Microsoft Excel include Word, Outlook, Access, and PowerPoint.

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