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A Quick Guide to Excel Tables and Functions

This free online course will teach you how to use the various Excel table tools and features to their maximum potential.

Publisher: Jordan Goldmeier
Excel has hundreds of valuable functions, but most of us only utilize a small amount of them. Imagine how much easier everyday tasks would be if you could unlock even more of the powerful tools offered by the Excel platform. With this free online Excel course, you will learn all about the world of Excel tables, shortcuts, formula-driven development, macros, the many controls available and how to create interactive charts.
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Microsoft Excel has so many different functions and is one of the most popular software packages because of its vast applications. No matter how complex your data is or the complexity of the output you would like, Excel has a way to improve data processing. This Excel tutorial begins with an introduction to Excel tables which discusses the qualities and advantages of these tables, the challenges they don't address, a practical demonstration on inserting the Excel table into a spreadsheet, and the most effective ways of working with them. You will then be taken through the steps of creating and inserting an interactive chart and the general guidelines that will assist you in making the best use of Excel tables.

The following piece of content in this Excel training covers the mechanisms of sorting functions. You will learn how to sort the contents of a range or array, in ascending or descending order using the Excel SORT function as well as the decision-making process during the execution of formulas and functions. Next, the procedure for filtering a column of data within a table to isolate the key components is described and how the sum of the corresponding product ranges or arrays can be returned. This section also teaches you how to present information on a dashboard using the SUMPRODUCT function, the steps to take to create a summary format view, the various AGGREGATE functions, and steps in ignoring errors and hidden rows. 

The final section of this Excel formulas course illustrates the various forms of controls for ensuring interactivity and how these controls act as a connection point between the user and the server. Using the developer tab also has a large variety of interesting functions that enables the creative output of data - some of these include creating visual basic applications, designing forms, creating macros, and importing and exporting XML data. Once you understand the various functions within the developer tab, you learn how to apply these functions practically by learning how to insert various Excel form controls in the worksheet to deal with data and handle it according to your specifications, the methods of connecting the interactivity to the control to drive later functions on the dashboard and lastly, what formula-driven development is. Anyone using data in their personal or professional lives will gain great value and expertise from this Excel basic course as it uncovers the many underutilized functions and tools for a vast amount of data processing, -sorting, -filtering, and -visualization.

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