Introduction to Microsoft Excel

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Microsoft Excel is a powerful tool essential for managing and presenting professional business data. Introduction to MS Excel is designed to build a solid foundation for beginners. Participants will become comfortable navigating the MS Excel interface. They will enter data, edit cells, format cells, and format data. They will also learn the best practices for maintaining data integrity and  how to edit, print, and save workbooks. 

Further your knowledge in Excel with the Mastering Microsoft Excel Program.

Key Learning Outcomes  

  • The excel interface 
  • Toolbars and commands 
  • Data entry 
  • Formatting font 
  • Cell alignment 
  • Merging cells 
  • Wrapping cells 
  • Data types  
  • Formatting data 
  • Editing data type 
  • Page layout   
  • Editing workbooks 
  • Printing and saving workbooks  

The course assumes no prior knowledge of Microsoft Excel or any other spreadsheet-based program.  

NOTE: This is an interactive session. Participants must have Microsoft Excel 2016, Microsoft Excel 365, (or compatible version) installed on their laptop.  

Please use the Microsoft Excel Placement Self-Assessment to determine which level you should begin with.

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This course qualifies as credits toward the International Association of Business Communicators' (IABC) professional certifications.

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Continuing Education Contact Hours: 3.5

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