Level 1 (Beginners) Excel Course

This beginners Excel course will show you how to create simple, yet well-designed spreadsheets with formulas that work BY THIS TIME TOMORROW, even if you're starting at zero

Beginners Excel

Course Description

This beginners Excel course is designed for users who have had little or no exposure to Microsoft Excel. It teaches the basic techniques that are required to put together a basic worksheet.

By the end of this 1 day course, participants will have the tools to enter a variety of data, create simple formulas, format the worksheet, create simple charts and be able to edit, save, retrieve and print their work.

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Corporate group training: 1 day.
Private 1-on-1 training: 3-4 hours.

Versions Taught

Our computers are always installed with the latest version of Office. The current version is Excel 365 (desktop).

If you have an older computer or an older version of Microsoft Office, the training will be adapted so it is relevant for you.


Participants should be familiar with the Windows operating system and comfortable using a keyboard and mouse.

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what you get

Here's what you'll learn in this course

Excel Fundamentals

  • Creating, saving closing, opening and renaming a workbook
  • Working with tabs and ribbons
  • Using Excel's Help Tools

Working With Rows, Columns & Cells

  • Working with text, numbers, dates and percentages
  • Selecting a cell, cell-range, row or column
  • Insert new rows or columns
  • Deleting rows or columns
  • Resizing rows or columns the smart way
  • Moving around a worksheet

Excel Formulas

  • Entering and editing a formula
  • Rules for formulas
  • Manipulating existing data
  • All the mistakes to watch out for
  • Formulas best practices

Using Basic Functions

  • Five basic functions - SUM, AVERAGE, COUNT, MIN, MAX
  • Adding together a group of numbers
  • Averaging a set of numbers
  • Counting how many numbers in a range
  • Finding the largest/smallest number in a range
  • Where to find and use other functions

Formatting your worksheet

  • The Format Cells dialog box
  • Formatting a number or date
  • Aligning text
  • 45 degree text
  • Controlling text with word wrap and shrink to fit
  • Merging cells
  • Formatting the font
  • Superscript, subscript and strikethrough
  • Setting borders and shading
  • Using Format Painter to replicate cell formatting quickly
  • Using the Format As Table feature
  • Using AutoFill and the AutoFill oprions
  • Inserting a picture or clipart
  • Changing the background

Copying and Moving Data

  • Cut, copy and paste
  • Drag and drop
  • The Windows Clipboard vs the Office Clipboard

Basic Auditing

  • Identifying and fixing formula errors
  • Spell check
  • Find and Replace
  • Using AutoCorrect and creating you own

Graphs & Charts

  • Creating a chart with one key press
  • Creating a chart using the Chart Ribbons
  • Changing the chart type
  • Setting the chart title
  • Labelling the chart axes
  • Turning the gridlines on or off
  • Showing or hiding the legend
  • Adding data labels
  • Showing the data next to the chart

Preparing your worksheet to print (& fits nicely)

  • Setting a worksheet up for printing
  • Setting the page size and orientation
  • Setting the margins
  • Creating a simple header and footer
  • Printing column headers and rows labels on every page automatically
  • Changing the page breaks
  • Printing the whole worksheet or just a selection
  • Previewing the worksheet before printing