Learn Excel 2016 Formulas & Functions in Only 90 Minutes
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Learn Excel 2016 Formulas & Functions in Only 90 Minutes

Quickly take control of Excel's powerful math features, for Windows and Macintosh
4.8 (9 ratings)
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Created by Bob Flisser
Last updated 8/2016
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What Will I Learn?
Write basic formulas for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
Learn new functions introduced in winter 2016.
Write formulas that combine and split text.
Understand how to use any function.
Use statistics formulas, like AVERAGE, VARIANCE and STANDARD DEVIATION.
Calculate subtotals.
Write functions that make decisions, like IF and SUMIF.
Create LOOKUP tables
Use exponents, square roots and logarithms.
Use financial functions to calculate payments and rate of return.
Control the display of error messages.
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  • Before starting this course, you should know the basics of Excel, including how to open, save and close files, how to enter text and numbers on a worksheet, and how to edit cells. The course begins with a brief refresher on how to enter basic formulas.

To be a more proficient Excel user and add value to your job or career, you should know how to use Excel's math capabilities. That means writing formulas and using functions, some of which are new in Excel 2016. It doesn’t have to be complicated or scary, and with this course’s friendly, understandable and approachable style, you can quickly become an Excel expert. In 4 chapters, we will learn 30 built-in functions useful in different fields, industries, careers and tasks, and will learn efficient, time-saving techniques. You get 90 minutes of videos with new and completed class files and a reference guide.

Who is the target audience?
  • This is a level 2 course, so take it if you’ve already completed an introductory course or have experience using basic Excel tasks.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 31 Lectures Collapse All 31 Lectures 03:19:37
Course Introduction
1 Lecture 01:16
Writing Simple Formulas
6 Lectures 31:44
Chapter 1 introduction

If it’s been a while since you’ve used Excel or if you just learned the fundamentals, this lesson gives you a short review of the basics.

How do you write a formula?

Add and subtract numbers on a simple worksheet. Learn how to save time with the AutoFill feature.

How to do basic adding and subtracting

You can use formulas to manipulate text, as well as numbers. In this lesson, you'll combine a column of first names and a column of last names into one column of full names.
Use a formula to join text content

Excel has over 400 built-in functions. This lesson shows you the starting point for how they all work.

Learn how functions work

Usually, you want Excel to rewrite your formulas when you copy and paste and move data around. Learn how to prevent that from happening when the need arises.

Why you sometimes need absolute references

Test your knowledge of chapter 2.

Chapter quiz
3 questions
Commonly-Used Functions
6 Lectures 39:37
Chapter 2 Introduction

Calculating averages manually can lead to incorrect results. Learn how to use a function that gets it right.

How to calculate averages

In a range of cells, find the highest and lowest numbers, and count how many there are.

How to find the highest, lowest and quantity of values

Learn the functions and formulas to calculate and manipulate dates and time.

Computer dating: functions to insert and calculate dates

Let Excel create automatic subtotals and other calculations in a long worksheet.

Create automatic subtotals

We'll show you how to write formulas that can span multiple worksheets and even multiple workbooks.

Write formulas that span multiple worksheets

Test your knowledge of chapter 3.

Chapter quiz
3 questions
Functions that Make Decisions
6 Lectures 40:32
Chapter 3 introduction

Use the IF function when you want the value of one cell to depend on the value of another cell.

Preview 08:28

Combine the SUM and AVERAGE functions with the decision making ability of the IF function.

SUMIF and AVERAGEIF: sums and averages that depend on a condition

New functions for 2016! Evaluate several criteria at once without complicated formula nesting.

New for 2016: IFS and SWITCH to cure nested IF statements

New functions for 2016! Find the highest or lowest number in a range based on a value that you specify.

New for 2016: MAXIFS and MINIFS find highest and lowest with multiple criteria

VLOOKUP lets you use Excel as a small database. Enter one piece of information and Excel will use that to return other information for that row.

Using VLOOKUP to create a lookup table

Test your knowledge of chapter 4.

Chapter quiz
3 questions
Using Math, Statistical, Financial and Text Functions
8 Lectures 57:44
Chapter 4 introduction

Use functions that calculate exponents, square roots, common, natural and any-base logarithms.

Preview 09:02

Learn how to calculate four common statistical functions.

Functions for correlation, standard deviation, median and nth-largest

Plug in the amount you're borrowing, the interest rate and payback period to find out how much the payments will be.

Calculate the monthly payment on a loan

Is an investment worth the money? Use a net present value calculation to help you decide.

Use Net Present Value to measure the quality of an investment

Use a function to make the worksheet display helpful messages instead of errors.

Use a function to customize the display of error messages on a sheet

Use some of Excel's powerful functions for manipulating text… and learn how to cheat!

Methods for extracting text

Thank you and goodbye (for now)

Test your knowledge of chapter 5

Chapter quiz
3 questions
Using Tables and Creating Macros
4 Lectures 28:44

A whole Excel worksheet might look like a table, but tables have specific features that let you manipulate, sort, format and manipulate data like a small database.

Using tables for sorting data

Brief introduction to what macros are, how to create and edit them, and how to store them.

Introduction to macros

The most simple way to create a macro is by recording your keystrokes and mouse clicks. You can them play them back later.

Recording a simple macro

To edit macros or write them from scratch, you use Visual Basic for Applications (VBA). It's a programming language used by all the Microsoft Office applications. In this lesson, we go into the VBA editor to examine the code Excel created when we recorded the macro in the previous lesson, and make two changes to the code.

Editing macros using VBA

Test your knowledge of chapter 6.

Chapter quiz
3 questions
About the Instructor
Bob Flisser
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Trainer, author, web & multimedia developer

Bob Flisser has been a trainer and technical writer since the 1980s. He currently has over a dozen video courses released by several commercial publishers, and was the co-author of a series of books of tips and shortcuts for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Windows. He has also written magazine articles and training manuals, and created training centers for companies large and small.

Since 1995, Bob has been the vice president and the web and multimedia developer at Software School, Inc., a software training and graphic design company in New Jersey. He is also a board member of the Mediatech Foundation, which provides free technology access to his community.

Bob is a graduate of The George Washington University with a degree in financial economics and international business.