Basic Excel Skills
When you open Excel, this is how it looks.
There are 5 important areas in the screen.
1. Quick Access Toolbar: This is a place where all the important tools can be placed. When you start Excel for the very first time, it has only 3 icons (Save, Undo, Redo). But you can add any feature of Excel to to Quick Access Toolbar so that you can easily access it from anywhere (hence the name).
2. Ribbon: Ribbon is like an expanded menu. It depicts all the features of Excel in easy to understand form. Since Excel has 1000s of features, they are grouped in to several ribbons. The most important ribbons are – Home, Insert, Formulas, Page Layout & Data.
3. Formula Bar: This is where any calculations or formulas you write will appear. You will understand the relevance of it once you start building formulas.
4. Spreadsheet Grid: This is where all your numbers, data, charts & drawings will go. Each Excel file can contain several sheets. But the spreadsheet grid shows few rows & columns of active spreadsheet. To see more rows or columns you can use the scroll bars to the left or at bottom. If you want to access other sheets, just click on the sheet name (or use the shortcut CTRL+Page Up or CTRL+Page Down).
5. Status bar: This tells us what is going on with Excel at any time. You can tell if Excel is busy calculating a formula, creating a pivot report or recording a macro by just looking at the status bar. The status bar also shows quick summaries of selected cells (count, sum, average, minimum or maximum values). You can change this by right clicking on it and choosing which summaries to show.
Getting Started with Excel – 10 minute video tutorial
Entering & Formatting Data, Numbers & Tables
Resources to learn Data Handling & Formatting
Calculating Totals & Summaries using Formulas
Resources to learn Excel Formulas
Books to learn Excel Formulas
Courses to learn Excel Formulas
Resources to learn Advanced Conditional Formatting
Creating Reports Quickly
Resources on Reports & Charts
Using Excel Productively
It is not enough to know various features of Excel. As a beginner, it helps to know how to use Excel productively. This includes knowing important keyboard shortcuts, mouse shortcuts, work-arounds, Excel customizations & how to make everything looks slick.
Resource to use Excel productively
Beyond Basics – Becoming Awesome in Excel
Once you know the basics, chances are you will be asking for more. The reason is simple. Anyone with good Excel skills is always in demand. Your bosses love you because you can get things done easily. Your customers love you becuase you create impressive things. Your colleagues envy you becuase your workbooks are shining and easy to use. And you want more, because you have seen the amazing results of Excel.
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