Microsoft Excel Essentials

Rated 2 out of 5 by from I felt like I was watching a dating show instead My time is limited, so I need to get the most info in the least amount of time possible. This course is the opposite of that. I honestly thought maybe the instructor and the host were falling for each other, but then Vonn brought up her husband and I thought, ought oh, hope he doesn't watch this or he's probably not going to be real happy. It's great that they got along so well with each other, but I'm here to learn, not to watch dating behavior. Very disappointed.
Date published: 2021-01-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very poor presentation The first one Microsoft Essentials I tried out was “Excel Essentials”. At first, I gave the presenter, Vonne Smith, the “benefit of the doubt” on the first lesson. To be honest it was horrible but assumed that once she got into the course it would improve – not a chance. Two other lessons were equally horrific. What made it worse was she had a “side kick” who was equally inane. As the student, felt I did not belong in their horrible discussions.
Date published: 2021-01-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Complete Waste of Time I've watched 6 sections and can't stomach anymore. Way too much trying to be cute. I've learned more in 20 minutes watching a basic video on YouTube.
Date published: 2021-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excell Essentials I loved this course. It has opened up a door that I knew was there but seemed to be mysterious and locked. No one who helped me with Excell in the past could or would be able to teach all the details that I now know. I had only learned small parts and had no idea how they fit together. Now I feel I have a whole new world open to me. I am so excited about it. So I am writing this because I would like to ask Vonn to do some kind of quick review each time. Like this here is what we learned today and show each basic part 1,2,3,4 . I would like to go back and do a review of what I learned with out having to listen to the whole show again. I know the basic wording is written in the description but I don't know what they mean exactly. May be a little quick quiz that you could go back & see what you did. To give your self a quick test / review.
Date published: 2020-12-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No structure from the instructors but good info The instructors were so all over the place with small talk and their own jokes that a lot of the info in a 30 min course could have been condensed into 10 - 15. I just fast forward thru most of the small talk. So annoying tho! It's like watching the two co workers who got promoted based on popularity rather than real life skill.
Date published: 2020-12-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from This is the worst instructional video. Too many giggles and HAHA between instructors. I realize they are showing fun teaching, but out of focus and not straight instruction. Not organized format. It was total waste of my time. I am very very disappointed.
Date published: 2020-12-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Extremely painful to listen to Other reviews are spot on. To much banter and giggly back and forth, not enough instruction. Hoping Great Courses will find someone else to do this. Excel is fantastic offering, just need better instructors PLEASE!!? I could really use help with Excel and other Microsoft course but these two should not do anymore course.
Date published: 2020-12-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too Much Small Talk The first 3 lessons are too much about personal matters of the lectures. Get a room. More material and less small talk. If I could obtain a refund, then, I would.
Date published: 2020-12-15
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Microsoft Excel Essentials
Course Trailer
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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