Instructor for this course

Do you often run into subtle obstacles when working in Excel? If so, you’ll want to take this helpful course. Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, focuses on the quirks and nuances of Excel that can trip up unaware users. Frustrating problems can arise when someone using a newer version of Excel shares a workbook with you (or vice versa), or, in other cases, features can sometimes unceremoniously vanish from Excel. David explains how to overcome such obstacles, thereby empowering you to work more efficiently in Excel. 

David demonstrates every technique at least twice: first, on a PowerPoint slide with numbered steps, and second, in Excel 2016. He draws your attention to any differences in Excel 2013, 2010, or 2007 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.

Who Would Be Interested in This Course: Practitioners seeking to work more effectively in Excel and avoid what can be frustrating nuances.

Topics Covered:

  • Seeing how to quickly duplicate a group of two or more worksheets.
  • Managing cumbersome lists of data using the Table feature.
  • Learning which features, such as Custom Views, you can’t use when one or more tables exist in a workbook.
  • Utilizing the Split Worksheet feature properly to lock certain rows at the bottom of the Excel window.
  • Saving time by seeing how to enter data sideways.
  • Learning how to use the undocumented DATEDIF worksheet function.
  • Using the Fill Series command to create a series of numbers with just a few mouse clicks.
  • Learning how the Table feature allows you to transform filtering tasks.
  • Learning the risks—and rewards—of double-clicking on the Fill Handle feature in Excel.
  • Tweaking Excel’s AutoRecover settings to raise the odds of recovering your work after an Excel crash.
  • Double-clicking tricks for navigating within a large worksheet.
  • Avoiding frustration by understanding the nuances between Enter and Edit modes.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize that some features may work in one version of Excel but not another.
  • Discover and recall how to apply mouse actions and keyboard shortcuts to overcome default features or behaviors in Excel.
  • Identify which feature can lock certain rows at the bottom of the Excel window.
Last updated/reviewed: May 11, 2022

2 Reviews (26 ratings)Reviews

Anonymous Author
Very good material overall and this was presented very well. There was some minor overlap of material in terms of covering cell comments, but again very happy with the materials, course, and instructor!
Anonymous Author
There was lots of great information and tips and tricks to help a user understand the different version of excel and why things may work on one version and not another. This was very helpful.


Course Complexity: Foundational

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Education Provider Information

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Course Syllabus
  3:20Introduction to Excel Efficiency: Nuances and Quirks
  12:09Auto Recover Spreadsheets and Settings
  9:08Entering Data Sideways and Split Worksheets
  13:06Table Feature
  10:23Features that Table Disables
  12:06Sparklines Features
  9:43Editing Directly in Cells and Quick Access Toolbar
  8:35Build a Pivot Table
  13:34DATEDIF Function, double-click Tricks and Hidden Menu
  15:52Few Other Excel Nuances
  1:47:56Excel Efficiency: Nuances and Quirks
  PDFSlides: Excel Efficiency: Nuances and Quirks
  PDFExcel Efficiency: Nuances and Quirks Glossary/ Index
  XLSXWorkbook: Excel Efficiency Nuances and Quirks