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Microsoft Excel Essentials

Learn the essential features and functionality of Microsoft Excel with this free online excel essentials course.

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This free online Microsoft Excel Essentials course cuts through the noise and delivers exactly what you need to know if you're brand new to Excel and are looking to use it in a business context. By the end of this course, you'll feel confident using Microsoft Excel. This course was recorded using Excel 2016 but nearly all the functionality shown is applicable in newer and older versions.
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    3-4 Hours
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This free online course Microsoft Excel Essentials starts at the very beginning by showing you how to get set up in Excel, how to personalise Excel to your needs and how to create, open and save workbooks. The course then moves onto how spreadsheets work and how to enter numbers, text and dates.

Next, the course takes you through essential functionality like fill, flash fill, Autosave as well as the different workbook views. Once you've mastered these basics, the course teaches you about the formulas and functions you'll need to know. It starts by looking at how formulas work before taking you through a few essential logical and lookup functions such as VLOOKUP and IF.

Finally, you'll be introduced to graphs and charts that will help you bring your data to life. This course includes downloadable practice exercises that you can use to put what you learn into practice. Start this course today and take your Excel skills to a new level.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Describe how to launch Excel, open workbooks, save workbooks
  • Describe how to personalise Excel to your needs
  • Explain about entering data including numbers, dates and text
  • Describe how to adjust the view you have in Excel
  • Explain how to use basic formulas
  • Describe the essential features of Lookup and Logical functions
  • Explain about time and date in Excel
  • Describe how to create graphs and charts in Excel


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