Microsoft Excel Essentials

Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disapointing I was pleased to see this course listed as I needed a refresher on excel but I agree with another reviewer that this could be much shorter. There is so much nonsensical chatter that could have been spent on reinforcing the subject matter. I have enjoyed many Teaching Company courses but never has the lecturer spent this much time telling bad jocks. Focus please!
Date published: 2020-10-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too much silly chatter. The length of each video could be cut in half with no loss of content if the guy just spoke at the beginning and end. His silly chatter is of no interest to me. It just wastes my time.
Date published: 2020-10-15
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Microsoft Excel Essentials
Course Trailer
Overview
1: Overview

Excel 2016 is the powerful spreadsheet application in the Office suite. It seems every organization, large and small, uses Excel to organize and analyze data. However, many users are intimidated by Excel and confused by how it behaves as an application. The Excel 2016 Essentials series strives to empower users by learning the foundations to conquer this program. We begin with basic skills such as navigating the interface, identifying items in a spreadsheet, selecting cells, and inputting data. The series also covers formatting text and numbers, modifying a worksheet layout, printing and page layout, and managing worksheets in a workbook. While this series is designed for beginner users, it has lots of great tips and tricks for experienced users as well.

9 min
Introduction to Excel
2: Introduction to Excel

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne kick off the Microsoft Excel 2016 Essentials series. They define a spreadsheet, discuss the history of Excel and file types, and introduce other foundational concepts for this course.

27 min
Excel Basics
3: Excel Basics

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne cover the basics of working with Excel in Windows operating system. They review foundational skills and items such as starting Excel, the title bar, minimize and maximize, full screen mode, create a blank workbook, open an existing workbook, save vs. save as, and keyboard shortcuts.

28 min
Excel Interface
4: Excel Interface

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne examine the Excel user interface (UI). Here you will learn about the title bar, the ribbon, quick access toolbar, formula bar, name box, status bar, and help.

25 min
Navigate a Workbook
5: Navigate a Workbook

Daniel and Vonne demonstrate how to navigate a workbook . They will explain the different mouse cursors icons, scrolling, keyboard navigation, navigating with the name box, zooming, and choosing worksheets.

30 min
Select Cells
6: Select Cells

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore the multiple ways that you can select and work with cells in Excel. They demonstrate click/hold/drag, deselecting, range selecting, selecting with shift and arrow keys, select all, select multiple worksheets, select text in multiple worksheets, named ranges, and how to use find and replace.

27 min
Insert Data
7: Insert Data

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore the variety of ways that you can insert data into your Excel worksheet. Here they cover: entering data into a cell, editing data in a cell, controlling data and cell overflow, autocorrect options, moving data to new cell, copy/paste, and clear cell data.

31 min
Fill Series and Flash Fill
8: Fill Series and Flash Fill

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore how to fill series data and use the flash fill functions of Microsoft Excel 2016. These features expand the way you copy and paste data and will predict ranges like dates and common item lists.

30 min
Export and File Types
9: Export and File Types

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne go through the common file types supported by Excel 2016. Here they explain .xlsx files, Comma Separated Value(.csv) files, OpenDocument Spreadsheet(.ods) files, and Excel Templates(.xltx) files.

27 min
Modify a Worksheet
10: Modify a Worksheet

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne explore modifying a worksheet in Excel 2016. They demonstrate how to select columns and rows, change column height and row width, insert and delete rows/columns, hide columns and rows, merge cells, and apply word wrap to cells.

30 min
Format a Worksheet, Part 1
11: Format a Worksheet, Part 1

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne show how to format a worksheet in Excel 2016. Here they talk about selecting fonts, adding borders and shading, and copying formats with the format painter.

23 min
Format a Worksheet, Part 2
12: Format a Worksheet, Part 2

Daniel and Vonne continue with formatting a worksheet. In this episode, they cover aligning data in cells, cell styles, and themes.

23 min
Number Formats: Introduction
13: Number Formats: Introduction

Vonne and Justin start a small mini series on number formats. In this episode, they introduce number formats and discuss the difference between inputted data vs displayed data.

24 min
Number Formats: Common Number Formats
14: Number Formats: Common Number Formats

In this episode, Vonne and Justin cover the following number format categories: number, currency, accounting, percentage, fractions, and scientific notation.

30 min
Number Formats: Text, Special, Custom
15: Number Formats: Text, Special, Custom

Vonne and Justin continue with number formats, specifically covering the text, special, and custom categories.

31 min
Number Formats: Date and Time
16: Number Formats: Date and Time

Justin and Vonne finish the number format mini series by discussing date and time number formats. They also introduce the DATEVALUE function.

31 min
Proof, Print, and Page Layout, Part 1
17: Proof, Print, and Page Layout, Part 1

In this episode, Zach and Vonne demonstrate how to proof and control page layout for printing. They show how to spellcheck a worksheet and the options for ignoring or adding to the dictionary as well as how to use the thesaurus and smart lookup. They also show how to modify page layout from print preview in the backstage view.

29 min
Proof, Print, and Page Layout, Part 2
18: Proof, Print, and Page Layout, Part 2

Vonne and Zach continue discussing page layout. In this episode, they show how to modify page layout elements from the page layout view such as headers and footers, page orientation, and margins. They also go over adding print titles, setting a print area, and controlling page breaks.

21 min
Manage Sheets and Workbooks
19: Manage Sheets and Workbooks

In this episode, Daniel and Vonne finish up the Excel 2016 Essentials series by demonstrating how to manage workbooks and worksheets. Here they show you how to rename worksheet tabs, change tab color, rearrange worksheets, create new and delete worksheets, and copy/hide/move worksheets. They also show how to control view options such as freeze panes, split view, new windows, and arranging windows.

28 min
Vonne Smith

You need to know how to select before you can affect.

About Vonne Smith

Vonne Smith is a University of Florida faculty member and has been teaching Microsoft® Office and Adobe® Creative Suite applications to individuals and companies for over 15 years.

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