Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2013

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2013

Gain skills to quickly and efficiently use Microsoft Excel 2013 and discover dozens of shortcuts and tricks for setting up fully formatted worksheets. This course, taught by an experience Microsoft Excel instructor, provides in-depth knowledge that will have you using Excel like a pro.

6 Weeks Access / 24 Course Hrs
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This hands-on course will teach you dozens of shortcuts and tricks for setting up fully-formatted worksheets quickly and efficiently. You will also learn the secrets behind writing powerful mathematical formulas and discover how to use the function wizard to quickly and automatically calculate statistics, loan payments, future value, and more.

In addition, you will get tips on sorting and analyzing data, designing custom charts and graphs, creating three-dimensional workbooks, building links between files, endowing your worksheets with decision-making capabilities, and automating frequently-repeated tasks with macros and buttons. You will also learn Excel 2013 features, including Quick Analysis, Flash Fill, and new charting capabilities.

This is not a tutorial, but an in-depth class. By the time you're done, you will be using this vital Office 2013 application like a pro.

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This lesson will help you develop a solid understanding of the Excel interface. You will become fluent in the secret language spoken only by Excel users and discover the best way to correct any mistake you made in Excel.

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

This lesson will teach you the tricks of the Excel masters: a wide variety of useful shortcuts guaranteed to save you time, energy, and frustration. You will also spend some time working with the Quick Analysis and Flash Fill tools, introduced in Excel 2013.

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

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.

No Excel course would be complete without a lesson on Excel's data-crunching capabilities. In this lesson, you will not only learn how to build a database in Excel, but how to subtotal, sort, and filter.

This lesson introduces the various charts available in Excel. You will build your first graph in this lesson, and you will learn how easy it is to adjust the chart type, labels, titles, colors, and many other aspects of your chart.

This lesson explores everything from bar charts and line charts to more prosaic graphs like the pie chart, the bubble chart, and 3D charts. You will find out how to personalize your charts and discover the best ways to print or otherwise display the truly impressive charts that you will be creating.

Excel includes many powerful functions that can automatically perform complicated tasks for you. This lesson introduces helpful ways to put these functions to work. You will find out how to ask Excel to magically derive averages, modes, maximums, minimums, and other useful statistics.

This lesson provides an in-depth look at Excel's financial functions. By the time this lesson is over, you will be able to figure out how much money you will have when you retire, when your kids reach college, or just before your next vacation.

This lesson introduces automation. You will discover how to move your most frequently used commands from their present locations to a much more convenient place: the toolbar. You will also learn how macros can be used to reduce just about any complex task to a single keystroke.

In your final lesson, you will learn how to teach Excel to make and act on certain decisions. You will learn how to utilize a function that allows Excel to make comparisons and use that comparison as the basis for important decisions.



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

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

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 8 or later.
  • 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.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

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


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.


I appreciate what I learned and I gained some new skills in Excel 2013. I learned a lot about the new features and what makes Excel easier to work with, so that was a plus. Thank you for this wonderful course.

Thank you for the awesome lessons! I learned a lot and enjoyed the last three lessons the most. I love Excel and I certainly will recommend this course to everyone.

I found this course to be among the best I have ever taken and I feel like my proficiency, as a result, is going to only improve!

Thank you for a great course. It exceeded my expectations. I learned more about Excel than I thought I ever could. I am really pleased that I decided to take to this course. Thank you, again.

This was truly an informative course for a beginners' course. The instructor's lesson content was organized and well-thought-out for easy comprehension.

The instructor did a great job of breaking down the material to a very understandable level. I was timid and nervous about Excel before taking this course, and now I feel a lot more comfortable because of the notes and descriptions in each chapter. Thank you, Chad.

I have taken other online, self-paced Excel courses before, but this was by far THE BEST. Having an instructor available to answer my questions is unlike anything else on the market. I enjoyed learning at my own pace, but still having an Excel expert willing to provide help when needed. In the Discussion Area, I learned a lot from my fellow students as well.

I am so glad I signed up for this class! Chad Wambolt is well-versed in Excel 2013 and has put together an interesting, informative, and thought-provoking class. I can't wait to sign up for his next-level Excel 2013 class!

I'm not a data or a numbers expert, but what your class helped me see is that I don't have to be in order to benefit from working in Excel. Just using simple spreadsheets for a few everyday functions, such as sorting and filtering, can make my work life run a lot more smoothly! Thank you!