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Excel for All: Beginner to Experts

All round use of Excel Explained with examples
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Microsoft Excel is by far the most widely used and useful software there is! It is the most basic tool that is used when dealing with data - data in any format.

This simple yet sophisticated tool has a use for everyone, from keeping a simple tab your daily expenses, to analyzing and presenting a complex profit and loss statement, from keeping a tab on attendance of students to analyzing and presenting data on world hunger!

Excel when used intelligently makes for one of the most powerful yet simple reporting engine. Such is the power of Excel. But despite this, Microsoft Excel in most cases is not used to its full potential even though it one of the most easiest skill to pick up.

With this course, aimed at beginners, intermediate and Expert users we begin by introducing the basic functionality of this software and then work upwards, along the way covering very simple tips that will profoundly increase your speed and efficiency while using Excel.

At a high level the course is structured in the below format.

- Data Cleaning

- Data Processing

- Data Summarizing (As A Template)

- Data Presentation (As A Dashboard)

- Automation of the above process using VBA Macros

The course comprises of videos, key points /summary of each video is available as downloadable material. We suggest that you give a quick run through the downloadable material before you begin watching any video. This is will allow you to understand what it is that you will be learning in the attached video. The short videos take you through each concept step-by-step and allow you to practice while studying.

This course as indicated is one for those just beginning with Excel and for those who need to master their Excel skills.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anybody From Beginner from Expert
  • Anybody who wants to understand rather learn
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 83 Lectures Collapse All 83 Lectures 08:47:37
1 Lecture 01:03
MS Excel: Offload your Work
2 Lectures 21:56

MS Excel: Offload your work: Agenda

In this video we are will be finalizing the steps to reach our agenda.

The video starts with the screen overview and also explains some essential starting techniques.

Please download the attached reading material.

Preview 20:53
Data Cleaning
7 Lectures 40:29
How you can clean Data

Data Cleaning: Customize a list

This Video explains about how the Excel's Fill handle can be used to drag and drop and create several lists out of it without typing it.

We can also see if a customized list can be created and incorporated in excel in the similar way.

Customize a list

Data Cleaning: Format Numbers

This video is one of the important video in the series:

We are learning the different types on number formatting in Excel here like:

Data formats, Currency formats, etc.

Please download the Employees Data and start working with us

Format numbers

Data Cleaning: Coloring cells the smarter way

Have you been coloring cells the historical way? Here is a video that can help us save tremendous amount of time in coloring and highlighting the insightful data. and also helps us save time from redoing it again.

Download the Data below and start working together.

Please download the attached material for your reference.

Coloring cells the smarter way

Data Cleaning: Going beyond a simple paste

In Excel, when we copy, there are too many features that gets copied , example - Value of the cell, boder, color, font color, formula, etc.

But at the time of pasting we might want to paste only one required feature.

The video explains how can we use the option "Paste Special" in excel to do this.

Please download the attached material.

Going beyond a simple Paste

Data Cleaning: Going beyond a simple Find

This video takes us beyond a very popular concept of "CTRL + F"

Use a blank sheet to work with is, no specific data needed.

Please download the attached material.

Going beyond a smple Find

Using Shortcuts
Organizing Data in Excel
5 Lectures 33:59
How to organize data in Excel

Organizing data in Excel: Sorting and Filtering

This video will explain about the best practices from data arrangement. and Talks about the difference in sorting and filtering as well. Do look for quick shortcuts to the same here.

Download the Employee data given below to start off with the video.

Is your data readable?

Organizing data in Excel: Deciding what others Enter

We all know the problems and discrepancies in entering of the data by different people. the best way is to restrict them to type the way we need it. Data validation talks about the same in this video.

Please download the file and then continue with the video.

Deciding what others enter

Organizing data in Excel: Creating Subtotals

This video is based on the concept of Subtotal, where we derive calculations on the data and present them within the data itself. (below the data mostly). very useful when we need to segment the data and take printouts.

Please download the attached material.

Creating Totals per segment

Organizing data in Excel: Consolidating Tables

Summary from a summary.

This is exactly what a Consolidate tool does.

If you have two cross tabs displaying similar information, and you need them to be clubbed together, do switch on the video once you download the given data, and we can start together then?

Please download the attached material.

Consolidating Tables
Writing Smart Functions in Excel
7 Lectures 58:25
How Functions can help you

writing smart Functions in Excel: Tricks

This video is to explain the symbols important to work with functions, and help you self suffice yourself to get any new function by yourself.

this shall be treated as the foundation of all the functions, based on which every function in excel works, and will help us understand any new functions by ourselves -easily.

Learn tricks to self explore Excel Functions

writing smart Functions in Excel:Arguments

This video is a continuation of the last video and explains some trial usage of functions. some sample functions will also be displayed in this video.

00:01 how to identify optional Arguments and usage.
01:38 Absolute/ Fixed cell references (using $ Symbols)
03:20 to make dynamic(smarter) functions
What a function needs, to deliver the required output

writing smart Functions in Excel: Creating Templates from Summaries

This Video explains how do we create a summary of the data and then how do we convert it into a self learning template.

a self learning template is a kind of report which is generated one and automatically adopts itself on any changes made on the data

00:35 Creating Summary
01:40 Formula of summary to template conversion

Please download the Data for working with this video. you can continue with the same data for the next videos, untill we complete counting.

Difference b/w a Summary and a self learning Template

writing smart Functions in Excel: Count Functions

We start touching upon functions from this video. carrying an idea of learning various aspects of a function and be able to crack functions concept as a whole.

we are hereby starting with some counting functions used in summarizing data sets.

00:20 Logic comes from the historical ways of doing things (strange but true)
02:40 Thinking about the name of the functions
03:15 learning to Explore functions
04:25 CountA function ( difference between CountA and Count Function)
05:55 Popularly made mistakes while selecting a range in Excel
07:14 Correcting  the mistake by selecting a bigger range
Convert a count summary to a Template

writing smart Functions in Excel: Countif Functions

This video explains the practical usage of the functions in a correct manner and filling arguments step by step.

02:10 COUNTIF Function to conditionally calculate the summary of the data based on values in the columns.
04:00 how to name ranges and whats the usage of the same in functions
04:50 naming multiple columns at a time using their headings as names
06:45 using COUNTIFS function to work with multiple conditions at a time.
08:25 Creating charts to present the template
11:15 Chart alignment trick
11:50 Connecting Excel charts to Powerpoint dynamically
15:55 using Wildcard characters(*/?) to avoid the data cleaning.
How to choose what to Count

writing smart Functions in Excel: Text functions

This video talks about some random data cleaning text functions. you don't need any specific data sets to be downloaded, just open up a blank sheet and start working on it with the video.

The presentation theory Material is under revamp and shall update it asap.

Using Text Functions for Data Cleaning'
Segmenting Data in Excel
3 Lectures 16:23
How to segment your Data

Segmenting Data in Excel: IF Functions

Before we can think of a summary, we need to divide the data into meaningful segments by using some logical functions.

basically to create categorical variables in the data.

Download the data to start with the video and replicate as when i explain.

Dividing Data into meaningful segments

Segmenting Data in Excel: Nested IF, AND and OR Functions

This video is a continuation of the logical functions itself where the advanced logical function is used.

Nested Ifs
Dividing data using multiple conditions
Why create Reports the tedious way
4 Lectures 23:01

Why create reports the tedious way: Introduction to Pivots

See how a Pivot table makes our life simpler by generating awesome reports in no time.

Download the data and lets start.

Introduction to Pivots

Why create reports the tedious way: Generating Pivot Reports

This video is a continuation of the previous video and talks further about generating reports. some more problems have been picked up in the video on report generation.

Generating reports without getting into the technicalities

Why create reports the tedious way: Slicing the Report

In this video we specifically going to focus on data segmentation and slicing of the reports based on different criterias.

Slicing reports with Pivots

Why create reports the tedious way: Pivots on Dates

Lecture video explains the use of Group option in Pivot tables to make the report generation based on the time factor user friendly.

Working with dates in Pivots
Showcasing your data with Excel
7 Lectures 48:51
Using Dashboards to make Data look good
13 pages

How to Create a Dashboard

Showcasing your data with Excel: Ways to Present

Starting from this lecture , we talk about presenting the information that we have.

the current video talks about some trial and error approaches that we follow.

Different ways to present Data

Showcasing your data with Excel: Creating a template

A self learning template is a kind of information that keeps getting updated by itself and also accommodates the output based on changes in the requirement.

Creating a Dashboard Template

Showcasing your data with Excel: Making Templates Smarter

Using index and Match functions , you will notice how the output becomes smarter and smarter.

the standard step to making anything smarter is to:

identify constants and replacing them by variables
Making Templates smarter

Showcasing your data with Excel: Creating Dashboard from Templates

In this video we are discussing how to create controllable charts.

Converting templates to a Dashboard

Showcasing your data with Excel: using Controls

This video cements the concepts we have learnt and based on it creates a dynamic and well managed information dashboard which can be controlled from a single point.

Making Dashboard user friendly
Test Case Study
1 Lecture 00:00
Revenue Report
6 pages
6 Lectures 22:14
Introduction to VBA Programming


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