Microsoft Excel 2013 for Beginners - Start Your Excel Journey

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Do you need to become quickly skilled in the features and functionality of Microsoft Excel? This beginner course in Microsoft Excel 2013 takes you from no knowledge to confident spreadsheet user. Start this free online course today if you're brand new to Excel and generally not very tech savvy. Our expert author takes the time to make this complicated software easy to use.
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    5-6 Hours
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  • Certification

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This introductory course on using Microsoft Excel 2013, you'll learn the basics of using Excel, from opening up the software to formatting, to proofing your worksheets, and managing different Excel workbooks. The course starts off with the basics of what Excel is and what’s new in Excel 2013, along with introducing the touch screen interface. Then the course then teaches you about the basics of a spreadsheet layout, using templates and the help menus, and setting Excels options.

Next, the course will teach you about the Excel interface using commands, the Ribbon and Toolbars. You will also learn about the various was of entering and deleting data from a spreadsheet. The course then introduces you to formatting your worksheet from adding themes and cell styles to text wrap and alignment all for visually improving and organizing your spreadsheets. Lastly, the course goes through proofing your worksheets and how to copy, paste, move and manage worksheets between workbooks and within a workbook.

This course is perfect for people just starting their journey in Excel and want to learn the basics about how to use and operate a spreadsheet. In this detailed course your expert instructor will take you through the essential things you need to learn when getting started in MS Excel 2013. So start this course today, and by the end of the week you’ll have developed new skills for using Excel with confidence.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Recognize how to open a spreadsheet and save your work
  • Examine how to customize your options and preferences in Excel
  • Identify where you can access the Ribbon, the Quick Access
  • Toolbar and Mini Toolbar options in Excel
  • Recognize how to backup and recover your work if you ever lose it
  • Demonstrate how to enter text, numbers, names and basic formatting
  • Explain how to use Fill and Flash Fill
  • Recognize how to format cells properly including text wrapping, merging, applying borders, themes and inserting, deleting and hiding cells
  • Define how to Copy, Cut and Paste in Excel
  • Examine how to move worksheets around and apply spell check


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    Robert H.
    3 months ago
    Robert H.

    some spelling errors but explained content well

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