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Oct 27, 2020
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Our free courses on Microsoft programs include lessons on Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, and much more. These courses have been broken down to suit your study needs. ‘Certificate courses’ are shorter and can generally be completed in about half a day while ‘diploma courses’ could take a few days and provide a more detailed look at the subject. Choose the course type that will help you learn what you need to know about Microsoft, whether to improve your chances of landing an administrative job or a secretarial position, allow you to make more impressive MS PowerPoint presentations or amp up your MS Excel skills for a financial or data-analysis role.Read More
Microsoft Excel: This is the world’s most-used spreadsheet program. Horizontal and vertical blocks allow you to input written and numerical data, and then organize it according to various equations. ‘Pivot tables’ allow you to extract specific information, reorganize it and do advanced calculations. You should master MS Excel if you want to keep track of expenditure, revenue, stock, personnel, and large lists with many sub-lists.
Microsoft Word: Every day, millions of letters, essays, court documents, lesson plans, books, theses, CVs and more are created in MS Word. This word-processing program allows you to produce professional looking documents that are easy to edit, customize and share.Read More
Microsoft PowerPoint: Used by trainers, teachers, lecturers and even TED Talk speakers, PowerPoint is an easy system for creating presentations or slideshows that include graphs, images, videos and text. Being able to produce a slick and exciting PowerPoint presentation will allow you to impart large amounts of information in a visual way.
MS 365: This is the subscription version of Microsoft Office 2019. This is a suite of all MS’s most popular programs like Word, Excel and PowerPoint in a single package. Being able to use each to a high level will be highly beneficial to your career or studies.
MS Excel is used in many careers. In retail, it allows you to keep track of stock numbers, status of items, wholesale price, selling price and profit margins. In events management, you can track guest lists and vendor details. For anyone connected to finance and data analysis, the benefits are clear: all your information in front of you in efficient spreadsheets.Read More
Even if you only have access to older versions like MS Excel 2013, you can still start our free courses today. If you’re more advanced and have the latest version, we provide you with study material for your needs. At its core, MS Excel is for organizing large amounts of data. Once you have mastered the basics like creating separate tabs, colour coding or renaming cells, you can move on to more technical functions – in fact, Excel has about 180 individual functions altogether. Whether inputting data for scientific research, population studies or charting financial growth, Excel is invaluable across a range of industries and fields.Read Less
Easy to learn for the creation of basic text documents, Microsoft Word allows you to type letters, essays, reports, transcripts, plays, poems, wills and whatever other documents you need for your professional, academic or personal life. Your next step is to take an advanced Word course so that you can upgrade your skills to do things like complex formatting, tracking multiple changes by different users, managing files efficiently and even automating repetitive tasks, which is very useful if you have to create large amounts of similar documents like invoices, contracts or rosters.Read More
No matter what career path you take, a solid grounding in Microsoft Word is essential. Even jobs that are more manual or artisanal – like construction or plumbing – will benefit if you are able to produce neat reports, documents and receipts for your clients. Alison has numerous free options for Microsoft Word courses, covering all versions of the program and all levels of users, from absolute beginners to advanced.Read Less
PowerPoint can make or break your career. Poorly done, boring and repetitive presentations can irritate your clients, students, colleagues, potential investors or collaborators – the opposite of what this powerful Microsoft program was designed to do.Read More
Fortunately, Alison’s array of free PowerPoint courses put together by experts will ensure you learn to create presentations that are dynamic, interesting, useful and hold your audience’s attention. Once you have mastered inserting words and pictures, you can study inserting videos, graphs, automatic transitions between slides and many more features to make your PowerPoint really powerful. The great thing about PowerPoint is, the more you practice, the better you get. Take an entry-level course and within two hours you can be producing basic presentations. Then move onto one of our advanced courses to boost your skills. If you work in marketing, advertising, events, tourism, hospitality, R&D, design and numerous other industries, a strong presentation will allow you to pitch to clients, win business and show your results.Read Less
MS Office is a collection of Microsoft programs that is useful to anyone working with large amounts of data or copy. MS 365 is the subscription version of MS Office. So, while MS Office is a once-off purchase but does not update automatically, MS 365 costs a small monthly subscription and makes the latest versions of all programs available. The skills used for each are the same so if you do a MS Office course, you will be able to use MS 365. In both Office and 365, the following are available: Word, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel, Publisher, OneDrive and OneNote.Read More
‘Access’ is an easy way to manage big amounts of data. If you are writing a book or thesis, or doing complex research, using Access is a major benefit. ‘Outlook’ is MS’s email option but offers so much more: an online calendar, to-do lists with automatic reminders, and contacts. ‘Publisher’ is invaluable if you want to create documents like pamphlets, flyers, menus, posters and invitations. ‘OneDrive’ is a way to store your data online, which is valuable if you work remotely or need to access large files from anywhere.Read Less
Researchers, marketers, retailers, recruiters and anyone else who handles large amounts of complex information will benefit from our free courses on Microsoft Access. This program allows you to create and manage your own databases, and is part of the MS365 and Office packages. Once you have mastered MS Access, you will be able to manage high volumes of information for future reference, immediate reporting and detailed analysis – all without having any specialist database development skills.Read More
Our free courses will explain how it differs from MS Excel, which is centered on using spreadsheets to perform calculations and represent figures and other data in a visual way. When you have completed an Access course, you will know how to search your databases easily, share them with multiple users simultaneously (ideal if you are working remotely), scale them up to match the size of your organization and save all your work via the Cloud-based integrations. To learn the full advantages of MS Access, sign up and start studying today.Read Less
Do you want your team or organization to work faster and more collaboratively? Completing a short course in MS SharePoint will take you from just managing and storing files to having plenty of new tools to work with. Having advanced SharePoint skills is an advantage on any CV, and will show you can keep track of the myriad documents connected to complex project management, academic research, exhibitions, events, interior design, renovations and so much more.Read More
Our free courses will move you from simply uploading, retrieving and searching files to being able to create structured document and image libraries, collate lists and tasks, and co-ordinate calendars. You will be able to set privacy and access settings so that security of sensitive or confidential files is not breached. You will also learn how to integrate MS SharePoint with MS Outlook so that you can save items from your email directly to the relevant folders or libraries. Being proficient in this Microsoft Office / 365 program will boost your productivity and organizational skills in just a few hours.Read Less
Simon Sez IT was born from founder Simon Calder’s own stressful experience of teaching himself Microsoft Project from a textbook when he was working as an IT project manager. He found it very difficult and frustrating but realized that many others would have a similar experience to him. His solution was to create an online MS Project course on DVD that he sold online. Today, Simon Sez IT makes business and technical software easy to learn via a series of well-design free courses available on Alison.com.Read More
The teaching team takes the time to thoroughly explain each program in detail, and backs up your new knowledge with practice exercises and online tests. All courses contain video so that you can follow software instructions visually. Simon Sez IT are experts in showing learners how to use the world's most popular software, including Microsoft Office, to help people increase their productivity, achieve their personal and professional goals, and finish their work faster and to a higher standard.Read Less
Workforce Advantage Academy is based in the United States and works specifically with high school students. Their approach is ‘hands-on’ and practical: all courses are crafted so that the skills are transferable to the workplace and are created with future careers in mind. In everything they do, the staff and teachers employ a ‘student-centered approach to education’. By driving this, they will help learners see that they are each ‘a business of one’ – that by approaching your education and progress as a business, you hold the power to change your own life.Read More
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Alison.com has several Microsoft courses that are suitable for beginners. Even if you have never worked with Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Office before, our entry-level courses have been carefully designed to give you a solid understanding of the basics you need to operate each program.
All Alison.com’s Microsoft courses are free to any learner, anywhere in the world. All you have to do is create your Alison account and you can instantly begin any of our free courses. It’s as simple as that.
At Alison.com, we have welcomed millions of users since 2007. We have found that learners who take Microsoft courses also find other IT courses useful such as using Zoom, the foundations of e-commerce and e-retail, and even blockchain technology.
Yes, you could but you might find it frustrating to have to learn by trial and error. A better way to learn MS Office is to take a short free course with Alison.com. In this way, you will have the guidance of an expert who can show you the key skills, shortcuts and tips needed to master Office.