This is an introductory course covering the basics of Excel tools and techniques dealing with downloaded data in a text format. It covers converting numbers formatted as text to numbers usable by Excel functions, concatenation, Text to Columns, and specific Excel text functions to manipulate and analyze data.

This course provides step-by-step instruction. It does provide an exercise file although most examples are simple and easy to type in on your own. In some cases, an answer sheet is also provided in the file.

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize the methods used to convert numbers formatted as text to numeric values and dates formatted as text to date values recognized by Excel.
  • Discover and define the LEFT(), RIGHT() and MID() functions in Excel.
  • Recognize different concatenation functions and how to utilize them.
  • Recognize the uses of Text to Columns.
  • Identify how to evaluate text using the LEN function.
  • Recognize functions available to clean text.
Last updated/reviewed: May 27, 2022
3 Reviews (22 ratings)


Anonymous Author
Nice to see examples of result, formula, and original cell information. Makes it easy to follow the presentation.

Member's Profile
Good course, very helpful. I learned a lot of different techniques to improve my excel manipulation of text data.

Anonymous Author
Good course and well written. Useful for future reference material.

Course Complexity: Foundational

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
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Course Syllabus
  Working with Downloaded Text Data in ExcelPDF