Ch 1: Introduction to Excel

About This Chapter

The lessons throughout this chapter will introduce you to the basics of spreadsheet creation and navigation in Excel. You'll be creating your own projects in no time!

Introduction to Excel: Chapter Summary

Microsoft Excel is one of the most commonly used office software products in the business world today. Spreadsheets are used for budgets, data collection, schedules, expense tracking and a myriad of other things. In this chapter, you'll explore the toolbar and learn how to customize it to fit your needs. You'll create worksheets and workbooks and learn the ins and outs of cells, rows and columns. And perhaps most importantly, you'll find and learn how to use the help features within the program.

Our short, engaging video lessons introduce you to all the basic functionality of Excel. Screen grabs, graphics and expert instructors present the material in easy-to-grasp segments that simplify learning. You can work at your own pace and review as often as you like. Each lesson concludes with a short, multiple-choice quiz - perfect for quick self-assessment. You'll have a solid start in Excel after completing lessons on these topics:

  • Uses for Excel
  • Menu bar tools
  • Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar
  • Worksheets and workbooks
  • Formula and status Bars
  • Navigation in Excel
  • Assigning and modifying shortcut keys
  • Exploring help features

(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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