Ch 3: Customizing Options & Views in Excel

About This Chapter

This set of instructional Excel videos will show you how to use customizing options and views when working in Excel. Follow our step-by-step guides to learn how to make working in Excel a more efficient experience.

Customizing Options and Views in Excel: Chapter Summary

When creating spreadsheets in Excel, you may find it useful to customize your options and views. This can make it easier to compare or go back and forth between worksheets, as well as help you get your work done more quickly. This chapter will not only teach you how to customize your options and views in Excel, it will cover keyboard shortcuts and other tips and tricks that make working in Excel faster and easier.

Our video lessons break down the process of learning new techniques for working in Excel into simple and manageable pieces. Interactive online quizzes accompany each video lesson so you can assess your understanding of key concepts.

Topics covered in this chapter include:

  • Hiding and unhiding worksheets, rows and columns
  • Customizing the quick access toolbar
  • Navigating and customizing Excel's ribbon
  • Management and security of macros
  • Changing workbook views
  • Recording simple macros
  • Adding values to workbook properties
  • Using the zoom feature
  • Displaying formulas
  • Freezing panes
  • Assigning and modifying shortcut keys
  • Splitting the window

(Note: All demonstrations in this chapter will be using Microsoft Excel 2013. Certain features, tools or displays may be different in other versions.)

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