Excel 101: Introduction to Spreadsheets

If you’ve never worked with Excel spreadsheets or haven’t in several years, this webcast is designed just for you. Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, walks you through the basics of Excel spreadsheets, providing the knowledge needed 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, demonstrates how to remove duplicates from a list, 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 subscription-based 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.

What You Will Learn

  • Using a custom number format to hide zero amounts within a specific area of a spreadsheet.
  • Copying formulas efficiently down one or more columns at the same time.
  • Mastering Excel’s order of operations for mathematical formulas.
  • Getting oriented with Excel’s grid of rows and columns.
  • Understanding the difference between working within a cell versus working on a worksheet.
  • Understanding Excel’s Freeze Panes feature. 
  • Managing column widths within your spreadsheets.
  • Using a custom number format to hide zero amounts within a specific area of a spreadsheet.
  • Cutting and pasting data from one part of a worksheet to another. 
  • Learning about the different types of files you can create in Excel.
  • Saving time by using the AutoSum formula to sum multiple columns at once with a mouse click or a keyboard shortcut.
  • Eliminating duplicates from a list with just a few mouse clicks.

Who Should Attend?

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

"I was not sure what to expect but David was an excellent presenter and made a complicated topic easy to understand. Job well done!" -- Gail Williams, Vice President,  CRA Officer, Union Savings Bank