MS Excel 2007: Getting Started with Excel

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This Excel course is perfect for any beginner. It covers the basics of using Excel 2007, including creating workbooks and adding data. It also covers editing data, working with formulas, printing and charting.

On the following page you’ll find a detailed breakdown of the topics covered in this course. If you wish to incorporate topics from one of our other Excel courses, contact us and we’ll be able to customise this courseware so that the additional material is included.

Learning outcomes

At the completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • work within the basic Excel environment
  • create a new workbook
  • open and navigate within workbooks and worksheets
  • make changes to data in a workbook
  • understand, create and work with formulas and functions used to perform calculations
  • understand and use formula cell referencing to create more complex formulas
  • understand and work with ranges in a worksheet
  • copy and paste data in Excel
  • use font formatting techniques to greatly enhance the look of a worksheet
  • align the contents of cells in a number of ways
  • format rows and columns in a worksheet
  • understand and use the number formatting features in Excel
  • print your workbook data
  • create effective charts in Microsoft Excel

The training room and facilities

When training on-site at your premises, we require only that each participant has access to their own computer or laptop, with Microsoft Excel 2007 installed. Internet and networking facilities are not required. A data projector is required, and if your training room or board room is not equipped with one, we’re able to provide one at no extra cost.

Getting To Know Excel

  • Starting Excel
  • The Excel Screen
  • Using The Ribbon
  • Using KeyTip Badges
  • Minimising The Ribbon
  • Using Shortcut Menus
  • Launching Dialog Boxes
  • Customising The Quick Access Toolbar
  • The Office Button
  • Using The Office Button
  • The Status Bar
  • Customising The Status Bar
  • Exiting Safely From Excel

Creating A New Workbook

  • Understanding Workbooks
  • Using The Blank Workbook Template
  • Typing Text Into A Worksheet
  • The Save As Dialog Box
  • Saving A New Workbook
  • Typing Numbers Into A Worksheet
  • Typing Simple Formulas In A Worksheet
  • Easy Formulas
  • Typing Dates In A Worksheet
  • Easy Formatting
  • Checking Spelling In A Worksheet
  • Making And Saving Changes
  • Printing A Worksheet
  • Safely Closing A Workbook

Working With Workbooks

  • Opening An Existing Workbook
  • Moving About A Worksheet
  • Moving About A Workbook
  • Going To A Specific Location
  • The Open Dialog Box

Editing In A Workbook

  • Understanding Data Editing
  • Overwriting Cells Contents
  • Editing Longer Cell Entries
  • Editing Formulas
  • Editing Functions
  • Clearing A Cell
  • Deleting In A Worksheet
  • Undoing And Redoing Operations

Formulas And Functions

  • Understanding Formulas
  • Creating Formulas That Add
  • Creating Formulas That Subtract
  • Formulas That Multiply And Divide
  • Understanding Functions
  • Using The SUM Function To Add
  • Summing Non-Contiguous Ranges
  • Calculating An Average
  • Finding A Maximum Value
  • Finding A Minimum Value
  • More Complex Formulas
  • What If Formulas

Formula Referencing

  • Absolute Versus Relative Referencing
  • Relative Formulas
  • Problems With Relative Formulas
  • Creating Absolute References
  • Creating Mixed References

Selecting Ranges

  • Understanding Ranges
  • Selecting Ranges
  • Selecting Non-Contiguous Ranges
  • Using Special Selection Techniques
  • Selecting Larger Ranges
  • Selecting Rows
  • Selecting Columns
  • Viewing Range Calculations
  • Creating An Input Rangea

Copying Excel Data

  • Understanding Copying In Excel
  • Using Fill For Quick Copying
  • Copying From Cell To Another
  • Copying From One Cell To A Range
  • Copying From One Range To Another
  • Copying Relative Formulas
  • Copying To A Non-Contiguous Range
  • Copying To Another Worksheet
  • Copying To Another Workbook

Font Formatting

  • Understanding Font Formatting
  • Working With Live Preview
  • Changing Fonts
  • Changing Font Size
  • Growing And Shrinking Fonts
  • Making Cells Bold
  • Italicising Text
  • Underlining Text
  • Changing Font Colours
  • Changing Background Colours
  • Using The Format Painter
  • Applying Strikethrough
  • Subscripting Text
  • Superscripting Text

Cell Alignment

  • Understanding Cell Alignment
  • Aligning Right
  • Aligning To The Centre
  • Aligning Left
  • Aligning Top
  • Aligning Bottom
  • Aligning To The Middle
  • Rotating Text
  • Indenting Cells
  • Wrapping And Merging Text
  • Merging And Centring
  • Merging Cells
  • Unmerging Cells

Row And Column Formatting

  • Approximating Column Widths
  • Setting Precise Column Widths
  • Setting The Default Column Width
  • Approximating Row Height
  • Setting Precise Row Heights
  • Hiding Rows And Columns
  • Unhiding Rows And Columns

Number Formatting

  • Understanding Number Formatting
  • Applying General Formatting
  • Formatting As Currency
  • Formatting Percentages
  • Formatting As Fractions
  • Formatting As Dates
  • Using The Thousands Separator
  • Increasing And Decreasing Decimals


  • Understanding Printing
  • Previewing Before You Print
  • Performing A Quick Print
  • Selecting A Printer
  • Printing A Range
  • Printing An Entire Workbook
  • Specifying The Number Of Copies
  • The Print Dialog Box

Creating Charts

  • Understanding The Charting Process
  • Choosing The Chart Type
  • Creating A New Chart
  • Working With An Embedded Chart
  • Resizing A Chart
  • Dragging A Chart
  • Printing An Embedded Chart
  • Creating A Chart Sheet
  • Changing The Chart Type
  • Changing The Chart Layout
  • Changing The Chart Style
  • Printing A Chart Sheet
  • Embedding A Chart Into A Worksheet
  • Deleting A Chart

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