Microsoft Excel - Excel for beginners

This Excel course is the complete beginners guide to Microsoft Excel
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  • Lectures 25
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English, captions
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Published 8/2015 English Closed captions available

Course Description

Do you hide when someone mentions Microsoft Excel, or do you pretend to know more about them than you do, hoping you won't get caught out. Worry no more, this Microsoft Excel 2013for beginners course, designed for all levels of learner, is taught from the bottom up and is focused on the most important parts of Microsoft Excel that you will need to enable you to work in a busy office, dealing with spreadsheets or even just to make your home budget work better for you. At the end of the course you will be a competent Microsoft Excel 2013 user that will be an addition to any office. Practice material is supplied for you to practice the skills that are being shown so that you can get the best from this course.

This Microsoft Excel for Beginners course will start of at the Basics like creating spreadsheets and work right up to the slightly more advanced features like if statements.

This Microsoft Excel for beginners course is taught using simple descriptions so anyone starting spreadsheets for the first time will be able to understand the terms that are used.

Sample exercises are provided so that you can practice the things that we learn in the lectures.

If you want to go from being a Microsoft Excel Beginner to an advanced user, this is the first step.

What are the requirements?

  • Students should have Microsoft Excel 2013 installed on their computer so that they can follow along with the lectures.
  • No Prior spreadsheet experience is needed to take the class.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Use Microsoft Excel with confidence in an Office environment.
  • learn how to use the most common Excel formulas and functions to carry out day to day spreadsheet tasks.

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is designed for anybody who has no spreadsheet experience but wishes to become a competent Microsoft Excel user.
  • This course can be used as a refresher course for users who have used Microsoft Excel 2010 and 2007.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction

An Introduction to the course, A quick introduction to me just so you can see the type of things to expect from the course.

Section 2: Using the Application

In the first of our sections, we will look at the layout the Excel . We will take a tour of the Excel Program, highlighting all the main places of interest.

We will look at the most important parts of the program to make sure you can navigate it with ease.


In this section we will look at saving spreadsheets, we will look at the process of saving a spreadsheet in the default manor, and also saving spreadsheets in different file types.

We will also talk about the reasons for saving in different file types.


In this section we will look at the different ways that we can create a spreadsheet, either from the default "blank" template, or from one of Microsoft pre prepared templates.

Section 3: Working with Cells

In this section we will look at the cells that make up an Excel Spreadsheet. We will look at the way we can manipulate cells.

We will look at selecting cells and the different types of information that we can enter into cells.


In this section we will look at searching spreadsheet files to find data and we will also look at replacing data with new content.


We will look at the ways that we can sort data in a spreadsheet. We will look at sorting lists and the different methods that we can use.


We will look at filtering data in a spreadsheet. We will look at the ways we can use filtering to get a better view of only the elements that you wish to see.


In this section we will look at cutting and copying content and pasting it into another area in the same spreadsheet or into a totally different spreadsheet.

We will also look at deleting cell content from cells.


In this section we will look at using the auto fill option in Excel, we will look at the situations that you will use it and the way it can be used.

Section 4: Managing Worksheets

In this section we will look at the ways we can interact with rows and columns.

We will look at selecting rows and columns, both adjacent and non adjacent.

We will look at inserting and deleting rows and columns and modify the Heights of rows and the widths of columns.

We will also look at freezing and unfreezing columns and rows and the reasons for doing so.


In this section we will look at the way we can use different worksheets in the Microsoft Excel program.

We will look at adding and deleting worksheets, Renaming worksheets.

We will also have a look at moving and copying entire worksheets.

We will also look at giving the worksheet tabs a colour, so that they can be quickly identified.

Section 5: Formulas and Functions

in this section we will look at creating formulas using cell references and arithmetic operators (addition,subtraction, multiplication, division).

We will look at the good practices that can be used in order to achieve the best results.


In this section we will look at absolute cell referencing, the process of setting up your formulas and functions to get the best result with minimum effort.


In this section we will look at some of the most common functions that can be used in spreadsheets.

We will look at the SUM, AVERAGE, MIN, MAX, COUNT and COUNTA Functions.


In this section we will look at the IF statement and the way it can be used to determine a true or false outcome.


We will look at the different error messages that Microsoft Excel can produce and the meanings to each of them.

Section 6: Formatting

In this section we will look at the different types of formatting that we can apply to cells in our Microsoft Excel 2013 spreadsheet.

We will look at formatting cells to display numbers to a specific number of decimal places, to display numbers with, without a separator to indicate thousands.

We will also look at formatting cells to display a date style, to display a currency symbol and to display numbers as percentages.


In this section we will look at changing the cell content appearance like font sizes and font types.

We will also look at applying formatting to cell contents like bold, italic, underline, double underline.

We will apply different colours to cell content, cell background.

We will look at copying the formatting from a cell and placing it on another cell so that we can keep formatting uniform.

Section 7: Charts

In this section we will cover charts, will look at creating a chart from spreadsheet data. We will create different types of charts like bar chart, column charts and lie charts.

We will look at selecting the charts, moving and resizing a chart, we will also delete a chart.

Another aspect we will do is the option to change the type of chart we are using, i.e from column to bar chart.


This section will cover adding, removing and editing a chart title.

We will add data labels to a chart so that we can see exact values/numbers or percentages.

We will look at changing the chart area background colour and also the colours that make up the "bars" in the charts and change the colour of text used within the chart.

Section 8: Outputs

In this section we will look at the following:

  • Change worksheet margins: top, bottom, left, right.
  • Change worksheet orientation: portrait, landscape. Change paper size.
  • Adjust page setup to fit worksheet contents on a specified number of pages.
  • Add, edit, delete text in headers, footers in a worksheet.

In this last section we will look at printing our finished spreadsheet. we will look at :

Previewing a worksheet and then printing a selected cell range from a worksheet, an entire worksheet, number of copies of a worksheet, we will also look at printing the entire spreadsheet and a chart.

Section 9: Practice Material

In this lecture, we complete a sample exercise, this exercise will combine everything you have just studied throughout the course. You will need to download the files before hand. You may attempt the exercise first, or watch me doing it on the video as you try to recreate the outcome. 


Free eBook for download, This can be used as a quick reference guide for the course.

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Instructor Biography

Colin Marks, Certified Microsoft & Apple Trainer

I am an IT Trainer with over 8 years experience in delivering training in both Apple and Microsoft to a large array of clients, in both public training centres and corporate environments.

I have an IT teaching diploma and focus mainly on software training. I hold a current Microsoft Office Master certificate and have been teaching Microsoft Office Specialist (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint and Outlook all to an advanced level) for the past 6 years.

The training I deliver ranges from iPad and iPhone training to Office productivity applications like Pages, Numbers and Keynote. I also train in video editing software like Final Cut Pro X and iMovie.

I feel the most important part of training is developing a connection with your students, building trust in both sides.

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