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Microsoft Excel is considered one of the most useful tools in the workplace. However, if Excel is used incorrectly, it can seriously drag down productivity. This guides you through Excel and enables you to boost your productivity and save your most valuable resource: time. We start by exploring the top 5 productivity boosting shortcuts. Next, we'll look at how we can improve spreadsheet design, boost our proficiency with additional shortcuts, master the fundamental functions, and finally we'll make sure our spreadsheets are error free. This course is the primer to Excel you didn't know you needed!

Learning Objectives

  • Identify 5 top productivity shortcuts in MS Excel
  • Utilize Excel data tables and named ranges in excel
  • Demonstrate the use of conditional formatting and explore alternatives to the SUM function
  • Be able to hide and unhide worksheets
  • Improve your workbook organization for better, faster use
  • Demonstrate the basics of nested functions and better workbook design
  • Increase your Excel speed with selected shortcuts
  • Remove duplicates from lists and tables
  • Look up values in a table using VLOOKUP
  • Utilize multiple lookup functions such as VLOOKUP, MATCH, and INDEX
  • Be able to trap errors with IFERROR function and create indented report labels
  • Demonstrate multiple uses for the IF function
  • Enact multi-column comparisons with COUNTIFS
  • Be able to create indented report labels
  • Articulate tactics for Excel data validation and reporting
  • Improve error checking
  • Implement concatenation basics
  • Build your own Date with the Date function
Last updated/reviewed: December 08, 2017

7 Reviews (21 ratings)Reviews

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I really enjoyed this course! I am an intermediate Excel user and found some of these tips and tricks to be tools I can get good use of in my day-to-day job. I wish I had some of the shortcuts covered in the videos in a handout that I can refer to later.
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My only dislike is that the slides are not available for download. The spreadsheets are very helpful, but don't show the overall concept that is being taught. Together they are very powerful in showing how to use Excel functions to make your job easier.
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Very informative and useful! These tips and tricks are things I can implement every day in my workplace. I definitely suggest doing the workbooks along with the instructor to ensure each objective is learned.
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A treasure trove. I'm an advanced Excel user (pivots, macros, and VB) and I learned stuff... so you will too. One of the best courses that I've taken (for CPA CPE) on Illumeo.
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More time should be allocated to this course if the individual is attempting to complete the exercises as part of their training.
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Great training and really useful tips to improve workbook design and function.
Member's Profile
Really helpful course with relevant information to use every day.


Course Complexity: Intermediate

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course.

Education Provider Information

Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
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Course Syllabus
  45:25Excel Training: 5 Top Productivity Boosting Shortcuts
  1:03:46Excel Training: Skills for Better Workbook Design
  1:01:07Excel Training: Boosting Proficiency with Selected Shortcuts (PC version)
  49:56Excel Training: Mastering Fundamental Functions - IFERROR, IF, List Comparisons and more
  1:01:42Excel Training: Tips for Improving Data Validation, Error Checking, Reporting and Other Performance Obstructions
Supporting Materials
  ZIPExcellence in Excel Training Combined Supporting Materials