These materials introduce basic Excel skills such as entering various types of data, working with common formulas and functions, and creating a simple chart. We'll also cover formatting a worksheet, naming a range of cells, adding columns to a spreadsheet, and creating a data table.
- Enter data into a spreadsheet
- Format a worksheet
- Enter a formula
- Enter a function
- Create and use named ranges
- Create a simple chart
- Modify data
- Insert a new worksheet
- Insert rows and columns into a worksheet
- Sort and filter data
- Create an Excel table
- Use a mouse
- Open and close windows
- Open and save files
- Switch between application windows
For a more in-depth look at the content of Excel: The Basics, view the title contents below.
Important note for participants not affiliated with IU
- This course contains training material only.
- Participants who are not affiliated with Indiana University will need your own access to installed and licensed software, according to the training topic. This will allow you to follow along and participate in the hands-on exercises.
- If you do not have access to the needed software, you can still enroll in the online course and read the course content.
More information about this course
This online course is free to everyone and available for enrollment through IU Expand.
This course consists of a series of short lessons, examples, demonstrations, practice quizzes, and hands-on exercises.
To complete the course content, you will need:
- a web browser and internet access to use the course material on IU Expand.
- a copy of the software relevant to the training installed on your computer.
Excel: The Basics Contents
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Explore the contents of Excel: The Basics:
Explore the Microsoft Excel interface.
Learn how to identify text and numeric data.
Learn about using formulas in Microsoft Excel, including syntax, operators, entering formulas, and copying and pasting formulas.
Explore various ways to enter functions.
Explore absolute cell references.
Learn how named ranges can be useful when working in Excel.
Learn about charts in Microsoft Excel and create a pie chart.
Explore what happens with data in the worksheet is updated or edited.
Learn how to add a new worksheet to the workbook and add data using the autofill feature.
See how to insert blank columns and rows into a worksheet.
See how to create an Excel table and how to use that table to sort and filter data.
Use the features of the Excel table to sort and filter the data.