Instructor for this course

This presentation by Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, is designed for those who haven’t worked with Excel spreadsheets before or who haven’t used them in several years. David explains spreadsheet basics, different file types you can create, keyboard shortcuts to simplify repetitive tasks, Excel’s rows and columns grid, and much more.

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. 

Topics Covered:

  • Using a custom number format to hide zero amounts within a specific area of a spreadsheet.
  • Getting familiar with Excel’s grid of rows and columns.
  • Preventing errors from the start by choosing from thousands of free Excel spreadsheet templates.
  • Learning the nuances of copying formulas within Excel spreadsheets.
  • Saving paper and eliminating frustration by monitoring the Print Scale setting.
  • Handling situations where numbers are presented as # signs on-screen and in Print Preview.
  • Discerning the nuance of entering text into worksheet cells.
  • Surfacing hidden Excel commands instantly by way of the Tell Me feature in Excel 2016.
  • Copying formulas efficiently down one or more columns at the same time.
  • Understanding Excel’s Freeze Panes feature.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify how to skip confusing menus by way of time-saving mouse tricks and keyboard shortcuts.
  • Recognize some basic data analysis techniques.
  • Discover Excel’s Freeze Panes feature.
Last updated/reviewed: November 26, 2020

13 Reviews (67 ratings)Reviews

Anonymous Author
Great Course of excel efficiency : spreadsheets basics parts 1 which added value
Anonymous Author
It was a good review of Excel basics to include shortcuts which I had forgotten about. It was innformative and will be helpful introductory course with other Excel courses. Would recommend as a good refresher to peers if they haven't worked in Excel recently.
Member's Profile
I have used Excel previously and still found many items in this course that helped me increase my knowledge, When working, I picked up Excel as I used it, and never took a class to learn it. So, this class was nice.
Anonymous Author
I'm a beginner, this was so helpful and answered some very basic thing I saw and did not know what they were for.
Anonymous Author
Quite a few tips and shortcuts and alternative methods of doing things even for relatively experienced users.
Anonymous Author
A very basic course in excel, was helpful but more of just a refresher. Instructor was very easy to follow.
Anonymous Author
I believe this is a great course for anyone to take as a self guided learning experience.
Member's Profile
This was an excellent course and I learned so much. This helps me so much in my job.
Anonymous Author
This course had a lot of information. The supporting slides were helpful.
Anonymous Author
I learned a lot and even re-learned a few things I had forgotten about.
Anonymous Author
Learned a lot of new tricks which can be used in my daily activities.
Anonymous Author
Basic information with refreshers on important tricks.
Anonymous Author
Good refresher course that did the job just fine.


Course Complexity: Foundational

Program Prerequisites: None

Advance Preparation: None

Education Provider Information

Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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Course Syllabus
  7:23Introduction to Excel Efficiency: Spreadsheet Basics Part 1
  10:33Saving Excel Files
  9:28Managing Column Widths
  9:07Formatting Numbers
  8:05Creating a Center Text Shortcut
  9:07Working with Dates
  9:11Excel's Order of Operations
  8:29Copying Formulas
  9:44Monitoring Print Scale
  6:37Duplicating Excel Worksheets
  7:24Minimize Workbook Clutter
  7:38Filtering Data
  1:42:50Excel Efficiency: Spreadsheet Basics Part 1
  PDFSlides: Excel Efficiency: Spreadsheet Basics Part 1
  PDFExcel Efficiency: Spreadsheet Basics Part 1 Glossary/Index
  XLSXWorkbook: Excel Efficiency: Spreadsheet Basics Part 1
  XLSB12 Month Income Statement