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Microsoft Excel Essentials

Special Notices

Please note that this course uses Microsoft Excel for Windows. It is not suitable for Excel for MAC. Courses for MAC users are available on request.

For customers attending remotely via Virtual Classroom or ‘Attend From Anywhere’, an additional screen is required for this course to work through remote desktop labs and view training information.

This course is suitable for anyone using Excel 2013 or later. If delivered in our training centre, it will be delivered using Excel 2019.

In this course you will create and edit basic Microsoft Office Excel worksheets and workbooks. This course emphasises hands-on experience, with a series of self-guided exercises integrated into the training.

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Learning Objectives

  • Getting started with Excel
  • Creating calculations with formulas and functions
  • Modifying a worksheet
  • Formatting an Excel worksheet
  • Managing worksheets and workbooks
  • Printing workbooks


  • Use of mouse and keyboard
  • Ability to navigate the Windows environments
  • Open and close programs

Course Content

Module 1: Getting Started with Excel

  • What is Microsoft Excel?
  • Excel and the Excel Environment
  • Navigating and Selecting Cells in Worksheets
  • Creating a New Workbook
  • Saving your Work
  • Opening and Closing Workbooks
  • Using Help

Module 2: Creating Calculations with Formulas and Functions

  • Creating Formulas
  • Auto Calculate
  • Inserting Functions and using AutoSum
  • Copying a Formula
  • Creating an Absolute Formula

Module 3: Modifying a Worksheet

  • Cut, Copy and Paste Commands
  • Undo and Redo Commands
  • Inserting and Deleting
  • Column Width and Row Height
  • Hide and Unhide Options
  • Find and Replace
  • Performing a Spell Check
  • AutoFill

Module 4: Formatting an Excel Worksheet

  • Text Formatting
  • Add Borders and Colours to Cells
  • Cell Alignment
  • Number Formatting
  • Cell Styles and Galleries
  • Format Painter

Module 5: Managing Worksheets and Workbooks

  • Managing Worksheets
  • Freezing Rows and Columns
  • Splitting the Screen
  • Arrange All Command
  • View Side by Side

Module 6: Printing Workbooks

  • Print Preview
  • Setting the Print Area
  • Repeating Titles on Each Page
  • Manual Page Breaks
  • Page Layout View
  • Add Page Headers and Footers

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