Excel Made Clear: Introduction to Spreadsheets

This webcast is perfect for you if you’ve never worked with Excel spreadsheets or haven’t in several years. Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, walks you through the basics of Excel spreadsheets, providing the knowledge you need to create functional spreadsheets and manipulate large lists of data. David presents an overview of the different types of files you can create, explains Excel’s rows and columns grid, shares keyboard shortcuts to simplify repetitive tasks, and more.

David demonstrates every technique at least twice: first, on a PowerPoint slide with numbered steps, and second, in the Office 365 version of Excel. David draws your attention to any differences in the older versions of Excel (2019, 2016, 2013, and earlier) during the presentation as well as in his detailed handouts. David also provides an Excel workbook that includes most of the examples he uses during the webcast.

Office 365 is a subscription-based product that provides new-feature updates as often as monthly. Conversely, the perpetual licensed versions of Excel have feature sets that don’t change. Perpetual licensed versions have year numbers, such as Excel 2019, Excel 2016, and so on.

Topics Covered:

  • Handling situations where numbers are presented as # signs on-screen and in Print
  • Mastering Excel’s order of operations for mathematical formulas.
  • Using keyboard shortcuts to navigate your way through worksheets.
  • Navigating large workbooks with ease by way of a hidden menu as well as keyboard shortcuts.
  • Discerning the nuance of entering text into worksheet cells.
  • Preventing errors from the start by choosing from thousands of free Excel spreadsheet templates.
  • Understanding the difference between working within a cell versus working on a worksheet.
  • Saving time by using the AutoSum formula to sum multiple columns at once with a mouse click or a keyboard shortcut.
  • Jump-starting spreadsheet projects using free, prebuilt templates in Excel.
  • Surfacing hidden Excel commands instantly by way of the Tell Me feature in Excel 2016 and later.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how to skip confusing menus by way of time-saving mouse tricks and keyboard shortcuts.
  • Define the structural basics of Excel worksheets and workbooks.
  • Apply some basic data-analysis techniques


Who Should Attend?

Practitioners who wish to learn the basics of working with Excel spreadsheets.