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Excel Tutorial to Improve Your Efficiency Introduction Our purpose with this Excel tutorial is to illustrate some Excel tips that will dramatically improve your efficiency. We make no attempt to be as encyclopedic as some of the 800-page Excel manuals available. We concentrate on common tasks, not every last thing that can be done in Excel. Also, we presume that you have some Excel knowledge. We assume you know about rows and columns, values, labels, and formulas, relative and absolute addresses, and other basic Excel elements. If you know virtually nothing about Excel, you probably ought to work through an “Excel for Dummies” book and then work through this tutorial. The style of this tutorial should be easy to follow. Main topics appear in bold black type. Specific direction headings are in bright yellow, and these are followed by detailed directions in bright red. Additional comments about the directions appear in blue. A key feature of this tutorial is that we have embedded numerous sample Excel spreadsheets so that you can try out the directions right away—without switching into Excel. When you double-click on one of these spreadsheets, you launch Excel, and the spreadsheet “comes alive.” The menus and toolbars even change to those for Excel. By clicking outside one of these spreadsheets, you’re back in Word. A few of the topics are best carried out on your own PC (as opposed to your school’s networked PCs), and we haven’t included sample spreadsheets for these. The reason is that they change the way a specific copy of Excel is set up. If you do one of these exercises on your school’s networked PCs, the chances are that they won’t take effect, at least not permanently, because of the way Excel is set up on the network. These topics are preceded by asterisks. Try them on your own home PC, where you have complete control. The easiest way to maneuver around this tutorial is to take advantage of built-in bookmarks. Each main section is bookmarked. To go to any section, use Word’s Edit/Go To menu item, select Bookmark under Go To What, and choose from the drop-down list of bookmarks. You can do this at any time to find a topic you want to explore. In fact, try it right now to get a quick feel for the topics covered in this tutorial. Finally, we suggest that you save this file–RIGHT NOW–as MyXLTutorial.doc (or some such name) and work with the copy. That way, if you mess anything up as you try the exercises, you can always go back and retrieve the original file (ExcelTutorial.doc). Have fun! Moving to the top of the sheet Often you want to reorient yourself by going back to the “home” position on the worksheet. To go to the top left of the sheet (cell A1): Press Ctrl-Home (both keys at once).
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