Are you tired of trying to manage your large Excel spreadsheets? In this comprehensive presentation, Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, demonstrates a number of ways you can successfully tame cumbersome spreadsheets. His helpful tips enable you to save time, improve the integrity of large workbooks, avoid repetitive tasks, 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:

  • Comparing the risks and benefits of 64-bit versus 32-bit Microsoft Excel.
  • Restoring Full Screen View in Excel 2013 and later as well as enabling a keyboard shortcut for this feature.
  • Navigating large workbooks with ease by way of a hidden menu as well as keyboard shortcuts.
  • Learning how to use a single line of programming code to unhide all worksheets within a workbook.
  • Understanding Excel’s Freeze Panes feature.
  • Using the Group command to interactively hide/unhide columns (and/or rows) within Excel worksheets.
  • Utilizing the Split Worksheet feature properly to lock certain rows at the bottom of the Excel window.
  • Discovering resources for making unwieldly spreadsheets calculate faster.
  • Exploring how the INDIRECT worksheet function can automate pulling values from a group of individual worksheets.
  • Hiding multiple worksheets within a workbook at once.
  • Navigating purposefully through worksheets by way of clickable hyperlinks.
Learning Objectives
  • Discover how the INDIRECT worksheet function simplifies creating summary worksheets.
  • Recognize how to use the Watch Window feature to monitor and navigate to key worksheet cells.
  • Explore how to use Excel’s Freeze Panes feature.
Last updated/reviewed: August 21, 2023
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11 Reviews (61 ratings)


Member's Profile
I'm a well-experienced Excel user so most of this was not new to me, but I still keep taking David's classes here because there's always one or two new tricks he shows me that I can add to my arsenal. This class was no different. That said, I was hoping for more tricks specifically geared toward large files as the title implies.

Member's Profile
Many useful tips in this course. Some I was familiar with, others I was not familiar with. I use Excel on both a Mac and on a PC. It appears that there was some missing functionality for some of these for the Mac version (or perhaps they operate with different keys).

Anonymous Author
Liked pretty much everything and also I enjoy David's teaching style. However, there was a need to understand a little about programming in Virtual Basic, which was an assumption that was not valid in my case.

Anonymous Author
I learn and enjoy this course. I knew some features but not all of them. It will help me to work with my State report. long spreadsheets. I recommend the course if you want to improve your excel skills.

Member's Profile
I have been using Excel over 20 years and there were some new items that I was not aware of. I did like the simple explanation of the INDIRECT formula, it is very powerful but not easy to audit.

Anonymous Author
There were a ton of good tricks to use to make Excel more efficient. Some I knew and some I didn't, but I will certainly be incorporating these into my daily work to save time.

Member's Profile
Great course. Stated prerequisite requirements were appropriate and sufficient. Program materials were relevant and contributed to the achievement of the learning objectives.

Anonymous Author
David provides a lot of ideas to improve speed and accuracy of spreadsheets. I highly recommend this class to folks like me that spend a lot of time in Excel.

Member's Profile
This course offered some good ideas for improving spreadsheet efficiency and cutting down on the repetitive tasks that can drive you crazy!

Member's Profile
Great as always. David is best Excel teacher! Just wish he had more courses

Member's Profile
Useful! Learned new tools and new ways for using tools I already knew.

Course Complexity: Advanced

Program Prerequisites: Experience with Excel Spreadsheets

Advance Preparation: None


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Course Syllabus
  Introduction to Excel Efficiency: Taming Large Spreadsheets9:31
  Viewing Two Worksheets at Once11:45
  Full Screen View7:44
  Freeze Panes Feature11:06
  Group and Ungroup Rows and Columns08:34
  Double Click to Navigate a Worksheet8:35
  Using Hyperlinks as a Naviation Aid9:05
  Hiding Multiple Worksheets10:01
  Automating Unhiding Worksheets8:14
  Quarters Only Custom View9:12
  Drill Through Worksheets7:52
  Understanding Volatile Worksheet Functions4:41
  Excel Efficiency: Taming Large Spreadsheets1:46:28
  Slides: Excel Efficiency: Taming Large SpreadsheetsPDF
  Excel Efficiency: Taming Large SpreadsheetsPDF
  12 Month Income StatementXLSB
  Workbook: Excel Efficiency: Taming Large SpreadsheetsXLSX