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Do you wish you were one of those who can do wonders with numbers in a spreadsheet? Do you want to get up to speed quickly and learn from an expert how to effectively use Microsoft Excel to perform common business tasks? If so, this is the course for you!
In this course you will learn how to efficiently navigate spreadsheets, you will learn how to use various tools to analyze data and how to create great looking reports with tables and charts.
Instead of learning how to use Excel feature by feature, you will learn how to effectively use Microsoft Excel 2010 in real life business scenarios like calculating costs in a marketing budget, analyzing sales opportunities and creating sales reports.
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|Section 1: Introduction|
Welcome to the course "Sharper skills using Microsoft Excel 2010 for business". In this welcome lecture I give an overview of what you will learn and how I have structured the course.
|Section 2: Viewing data|
|Viewing data in a spreadsheet and getting a good overview of the numbers can be quite tricky if you don’t know how to arrange sheets, rows and columns. In this first lecture I’ll show you how you can effectively navigate a marketing budget with multiple sheets.|
|Section 3: Analyzing data|
|In this lecture we’ll have a look at a spreadsheet with sales opportunity data and we’ll use sorting and filtering to find the top 10 opportunities, our top performing account managers and deals that are about to close within a specific date range.|
|A very powerful tool for analyzing data is the PivotTable in Excel. Using a PivotTable you can instantly see the sum of a range of numbers and you can easily move data around to see it from different perspectives.|
|Section 4: Visualizing data|
|If you have a lot of numbers in a spreadsheet it really helps to visualize your data using charts. Microsoft Excel 2010 has a lot of tools for creating and modifying charts. Unfortunately all of these tools can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. In this lecture I will show you the most basic steps for creating and modifying charts. After watching this lecture you will know what chart to use when, how to insert a chart in your spreadsheet and how to make basic modifications.|
|Whenever you need to present data during a presentation or share a report with colleagues you might want to spend some time on designing and formatting your charts so that the data is easy to understand and the presentation looks professional. There are countless options to modify charts in Microsoft Excel 2010 and even though I wouldn’t recommend that you spend hours and hours fine-tuning you charts, a few changes to spice up your spreadsheet is not a bad idea. In this lecture I’ll take the charts we created in the previous lecture and show you how you can format and design your charts so that they look great.|
|Whenever you need to present data during a presentation or share a report with colleagues you might want to spend some time on designing and formatting your charts so that the data is easy to understand and the presentation looks professional. In this lecture I’ll take the charts we created in the previous lecture and show you how you can format and design your charts so that they look great.
|Section 5: Cleaning and modifying data|
|From time to time you are given a data file that you need to clean up in order to make some sense of it. The data might have been extracted from a database in which case it isn’t very user friendly to read. In this lecture I will show you how you can take a spreadsheet and how you can clean it up by changing the layout, deleting unwanted data and spotting and removing duplicates.|
|Quite often you have a spreadsheet with data that you need to manipulate in some way. Perhaps you need to share it with others but before you do, you need to rearrange, remove or censor some of the data. In this lecture I’ll show you how we can take the data from the previous lecture and manipulate it by splitting and combining columns, censoring data and changing data types.|
|Section 6: Calculating numbers|
|Microsoft Excel is a fantastic tool for calculating numbers. You have a wide range of functions and formulas you can use. In this lecture I’ll show you how you can use basic calculations in Excel to fill out a simple marketing budget template. I’ll show you how you can quickly add numbers to your spreadsheet, how you can calculate costs and also how you can use absolute and relative references in your calculations.
|In Excel there are a number of built in lookup formulas you can use to determine a value based on a certain criteria. In this lecture I will show you how you can use the lookup functions in Microsoft Excel 2010 to fine-tune the marketing budget we started to fill out in the previous lecture.
|Section 7: Closing|
To conclude, no matter what role you have, knowing how to effectively use Microsoft Excel is extremely important for a business professional. I hope that the enhanced skills you have gained by watching this course will have a significant impact on your work performance.
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