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Excelling at Excel: Formulas and Functions


Knowing how to work efficiently with Excel’s formulas and functions is a critical skill whether you are creating a monthly budget or working in complex worksheets at a Fortune 100 company.

Excel helps us perform very complex tasks using very simple built-in functions. In this course, you will learn different cell references—Relative, Absolute/Mixed, and 3-D—and use them to begin creating and using formulas. From there, you will begin introductory functions such as SUM, AVERAGE, COUNT, and TODAY to help track your monthly budget and expenses. We will discuss how to more efficiently create, copy, and organize worksheets before creating an annual budget using summary worksheets and Mixed and Absolute cell references to forecast your budget for the future.

We will also calculate loan payments, amortization, and repayment schedules using the Name Box, Name Manager, PMT, and CONCATENATE functions. Finally, we begin looking at different database functions like VLOOKUP/HLOOKUP and IF…THEN…ELSE to locate information in a workbook and avoid duplicate entries.

Audience: We designed this course for current, experienced users of Excel who want to know more about formulas and functions. This course builds on "Excelling at Excel: The FUNdamentals" and “Excelling at Excel: The 5 Fs.”

Software: We teach this course using Microsoft Excel 2016 on our lab PCs, but the content should also apply to Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013 for Windows. Material learned in this course may not apply to Excel for Mac.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Prepare formulas using basic, intermediate, and advance functions
  • Differentiate between cell references in Excel – Relative, Absolute/Mixed, and 3-D
  • Optimize budgeting with introductory functions including SUM, AVERAGE, COUNT, and TODAY
  • Evaluate loan repayment options using intermediate functions – PMT and CONCATENATE
  • Construct advanced functions to find and display data with VLOOKUP/HLOOKUP and IF-THEN-ELSE.
Section: MS-EXCEL-FORMFUN (18OCT17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 18, 2017 End Date: Oct 18, 2017 Tuition: $185.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Greg Creech Register
Section: MS-EXCEL-FORMFUN (21MAR18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 21, 2018 End Date: Mar 21, 2018 Tuition: $185.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Greg Creech Register

Excelling at Excel: More Formulas and Functions


In Part 2 of this course, we will continue to discuss VLOOKUPS/HLOOKUPS to pull together information from large, database-like workbooks. From there, we will construct logical comparisons between given and expected values using IF…THEN…ELSE statements to make data more readable.

You will discover how to formulate smarter worksheets by understanding Excel’s time format and using Date Calculations such as TODAY, YEAR, and ROUNDDOWN. Track time spent volunteering, traveling, or working by creating a worksheet that calculates the interval between time in and time out. To keep data accurate, we will also learn to use Data Validation criteria.

Using COUNTIF, SUMIF and AVERAGEIF will help us perform calculations on data meeting specific criteria to extract more meaning from our worksheets. Finally, discover how to calculate totals, averages, and counts within a database system based on certain criteria using DSUM, DAVERAGE, and DCOUNT

Audience: We designed this course for current, advanced users of Excel who want to know more about formulas and functions. This course builds on "Excelling at Excel: The FUNdamentals," “Excelling at Excel: The 5 Fs,” and “Excelling at Excel: Formulas and Functions.”

Software: We teach this course using Microsoft Excel 2016 on our lab PCs, but the content should also apply to Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013 for Windows. Material learned in this course may not apply to Excel for Mac.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Explain more uses of VLOOKUPS/HLOOKUPS
  • Establish criteria using Data Validation to more easily search for data
  • Measure time in hours and minutes, days, and years
  • Create multiple IF-THEN-ELSE statements for more efficient functions
  • Develop functions—COUNTIFS, SUMIFS, AVERAGEIFS, DSUM, DCOUNT, and DAVERAGE—that give results based on criteria

Section: MS-EXCEL-FORM2 (25OCT17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 25, 2017 End Date: Oct 25, 2017 Tuition: $185.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Greg Creech Register
Section: MS-EXCEL-FORM2 (28MAR18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 28, 2018 End Date: Mar 28, 2018 Tuition: $185.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Greg Creech Register

Excelling at Excel: The 5 Fs: Formatting, Fills, Formulas, Functions, and Filters/Sorts


In this half-day course, students will discover the important 5 Fs of Excel: Formatting, Fills, Formulas, Functions, and Filters/Sorts.
  1. Formatting: Using and creating custom formatting for SSNs, phone numbers, and other special types of data.
  2. Fills: Using fills for dates, numbers, formulas/functions, and how to create your fills.
  3. Functions: Using SUM, AVERAGE, COUNT, COUNTA, TODAY, CONCATENATE, and other functions.
  4. Formulas: Using Relative, Absolute/Mixed, and 3-D references
  5. Filters/Sorts: Using Excel as a database/table for filtering and sorting data.

Audience: This course is designed for those who are familiar with Excel and want to learn to perform more complex tasks and functions. This course builds on "Excelling at Excel: The FUNdamentals."

Software: This class is taught using Microsoft Excel 2016 on our lab PCs, but the content applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016 for Windows. Material learned in this course may not apply to Excel for Mac.

After completing this course, you will be able to:
  1. Create and use special and custom formats
  2. Employ Conditional Formatting based on various criteria
  3. Use AutoFill to save lists and for dates, text, numbers, and formulas and functions
  4. Develop formulas and functions in Excel for tables and databases
  5. Filter your information quickly for date ranges, numbers, and text lists
Section: MS-EXCEL-5FS (11OCT17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 11, 2017 End Date: Oct 11, 2017 Tuition: $185.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Greg Creech Register
Section: MS-EXCEL-5FS (14MAR18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 14, 2018 End Date: Mar 14, 2018 Tuition: $185.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Greg Creech Register

Excelling at Excel: The FUNdamentals

In this half-day course, students will discover important shortcuts and tips and tricks in navigating and selecting data in Excel. We’ll customize Excel through our Quick Access Toolbar and important options. The course teaches formatting, using Autofill, and how to create formulas and functions the right way the first time. Finally, we will print and view Excel worksheets using Freeze and Split panes, Page Layout View, and Page Break Preview.

Audience: This course is designed for those who are new to Excel and want to learn to create and work with electronic spreadsheets.

Software: This class is taught using Microsoft Excel 2016 on our lab PCs, but the content applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016 for Windows. Material learned in this course may not apply to Excel for Mac.

After completing this course, you will be able to:
  1. Increase productivity through shortcuts and the Quick Access Toolbar
  2. Create attractive worksheets with formatting
  3. Use AutoFill to save time and input for text, numbers, dates, and formulas/functions
  4. Develop formulas and functions in Excel
  5. Understand syntax of Excel’s formulas and functions
  6. Print and view Excel worksheets the right way
Section: MS-EXCEL-FUND (04OCT17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 04, 2017 End Date: Oct 04, 2017 Tuition: $185.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Greg Creech Register
Section: MS-EXCEL-FUND (07MAR18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 07, 2018 End Date: Mar 07, 2018 Tuition: $185.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Greg Creech Register

Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis Using Pivot Tables and Subtotals

This class is taught using Microsoft Excel 2010 on our lab PCs, but the content applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016 for Windows. Material learned in this course may not apply to Excel for Mac.

This half day course covers creating and downloading databases and then how to analyze data through Pivot Tables and SubTotals. Students interested in this course should be comfortable using Excel formatting, sorting, and filter features.

Data analysis is a powerful Excel feature and we will look in depth at creating and editing Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts for analysis. We will look at other database features such as Subtotals and using the Name Manager. We will use sorting and filtering to help restrict our data and use Pivot Tables for Sum, Average, and Count functions. Using Office 2007/2010 we will use the new Format as a Table feature and learn the advantages and disadvantages of using Format as a Table.
Section: MS-EXCEL-DATA (16AUG17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Aug 16, 2017 End Date: Aug 16, 2017 Tuition: $185.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Greg Creech Register

Microsoft Excel: Data Management and Manipulation


Control data without data controlling you!

In this half-day course, we will discuss how Excel can be used to manage and manipulate data in Excel, both in flat file databases and relational databases. Create and import databases and tables in Excel while handling multiple sorting and filtering tasks using a variety of criteria. We will also discuss how to format tables and databases in a professional manner while using Excel’s Format as Table feature.

Discover how to retrieve the information you need quickly and easily using multiple filters and custom views. We will also employ Excel’s terrific Name Box and Name Manager features to make data clearer and easier to reference.

We will use advanced functions to repackage data into more useful forms—such as correctly formatted addresses—using the CONCATENATE function to pull data together from two or more columns. Split data using delimiters and the Text to Columns feature to deconstruct names, dates, and other data into more useful formats.

Audience: We designed this course for current, experienced users of Excel who want to know more about managing and manipulating data

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Sort and filter data using multiple criteria in order to get needed information with little effort
  • Download databases from other applications and servers
  • Create a data table or database avoiding common pitfalls
  • Format a professional and attractive table
  • Use the Name Box and Name Manager to efficiently navigate, print select, and add other functionality for your database and tables
  • Create the CONCATENATE function to bring columns together
  • Employ Text to Columns to separate data from one column into multiple columns
Section: MS-EXCEL-MGMT (25AUG17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Aug 25, 2017 End Date: Aug 25, 2017 Tuition: $185.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Greg Creech Register
Section: MS-EXCEL-MGMT (15NOV17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Nov 15, 2017 End Date: Nov 15, 2017 Tuition: $185.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Greg Creech Register
Section: MS-EXCEL-MGMT (02MAR18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Mar 02, 2018 End Date: Mar 02, 2018 Tuition: $185.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Greg Creech Register

Winning Documents with Word: Word for Business


Chances are that you have used Microsoft Word at work to write reports and letters, but you might be missing out on skills that can improve your workflow. You’ve probably created tables before, but did you know that you can create tables from text and text from tables while also integrating Excel formulas like SUM and AVERAGE? If you ever get tired of changing the font and margins in a document, you will love learning how to create a new document with everything just the way you like it so you can start working without fiddling with those options. You may have used Mail Merge once or twice, but did you know it allows you to quickly create personalized letters, mailing labels, and certificates with just a couple of clicks? Finally, you’ll learn to build, edit, and secure a Word form for others to complete and save data.

Audience: This course is designed for those who are current users of Word who want to learn to perform more complex tasks and functions. It is not an introductory course and is for intermediate/advanced users of Word. This course builds on “Winning Documents with Word: Word for Writers.”

Software: The material in this course will apply to Word 2007/2010/2013/2016 with a concentration on Word 2010/2013/2016. It is not designed to apply to Word for Mac.

After completing this course, you will be able to:
  1. Create and edit Word tables for databases and forms
  2. Effectively using and modifying tabs
  3. Save and reuse documents as a template
  4. Using Mail Merge for letters, agreements, and labels
  5. Creating and editing Word forms
Section: MS-WORD-BUSINESS (02NOV17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Nov 02, 2017 End Date: Nov 02, 2017 Tuition: $185.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Greg Creech Register

Winning Documents with Word: Word for Writers


Most people have used Word to write letters or reports, but few people know all of the time-saving shortcuts that you will learn in this course. If you are a technical writer, novelist, or anyone responsible for creating or maintaining large documents like orientation manuals or policies and procedures, your job might get a lot easier. This course will teach you how to customize virtually every element of a Word document from the title page to the index and every header, footer, and photo in between.

Audience: This course is designed for those who are current users of Word who want to learn to perform more complex tasks and functions. It is not an introductory course and is meant for intermediate users.

Software: The material in this course will apply to Word 2007/2010/2013/2016 with a concentration on Word 2010/2013/2016. It is not designed to apply to Word for Mac.

After completing this course, you will be able to:
  1. Customize options in Word and the Quick Access Toolbar
  2. Increase productivity with shortcuts, tips, and tricks
  3. Apply best practices for creating/maintaining large documents
  4. Create and edit Word themes, colors, and fonts
  5. Save time and typing with custom AutoCorrect and AutoText entries
  6. Use Styles and headings to create the outline and structure of a large manual
  7. Insert and modify a Title Page, Table of Contents, Index, Headers/Footers, and other elements
Section: MS-WORD-WRITER (24OCT17) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Oct 24, 2017 End Date: Oct 24, 2017 Tuition: $185.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Greg Creech Register