Microsoft Excel Training Part 2 – The Basics of Excel

Excel Training – The Basics of Microsoft Excel

How to add, subtract, multiply, divide, calculate percentages and calculate averages in Excel.

When you open Excel you’ll see a list of templates that are already designed with certain functionalities such as budgets, invoicing, planners, journals, and lists.

If you click on the header on the top you can choose from even more templates under categories for business, personal, finance, lists, and more. You can perform a search for a specific type of template and find even more templates from which you can choose.

Excel 2013 start screen with templates.
Excel 2013 start screen with templates.

These templates are very useful and you may find one that will accomplish your goals with little editing or formula creation of your own.

We’ll use some of these templates in later courses but in order to learn Excel in depth it may be better to start from scratch by creating a blank workbook and then enter the formulas and headings ourselves. Let’s click on the Blank Workbook to create a new Excel file.

The blank Excel document will have columns at the top starting  with A and ending in XFD for a total of 16,384 columns if you are using Excel 2007 or later. Earlier versions such as Excel 2003 started with A and ended with IV for a total of 256 columns. The document will also have rows starting with 1 and ending with 1,048,476 if you are using Excel 2007 or newer or they will start with 1 and end with 65,536 if you are using Excel 2003.

Each of those columns and rows has cells which can contain numbers, text, formulas, references to other cells, or other data.

If you click your mouse button in the first cell in the worksheet you’ll see the cell name in the name box near the top right of the Excel. The first cell in the first column and the first row will be called A1 as columns are named alphabetically starting with the first letter of the alphabet, then the second, etc… and the rows are numbered numerically starting with one, then two, etc… The second cell in the second column will be named B2.

Lets start with some simple maths to learn how to enter data a formulas into cells.

**All formulas in Excel begin with the = sign

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