Microsoft Excel Courses

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Live Online / In-Person Excel Training

Choose from 14 different Excel courses, from beginner to advanced. Each course is 3 ½ hours in length and includes a PDF reference manual and 30 days of technical support.   Public courses (open to anyone) are $ 125 each/per person and are delivered online (live and fully interactive).  Speak with the Instructor at any time during the course or use the Chat and Q&A features.  (Learn more about how our online training works.) 

Private training is available for your team in a live online format or in-person at your office, in your company meeting room.   Choose from our standard Excel courses, or build your own custom course by using our Master Topic List to select the topics you would like covered.  (Learn more about build your own courses.)  Get in touch for pricing or to book the most convenient time for your team!

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Course 1A: Getting Started

$ 125 per person / 3 ½ hours

If you’re new to Excel or have never created your own Excel file, this course is for you.  We look at entering data, formatting cells and sheets, saving and printing your work.

Dates & Times

Thu Dec 2 (1:30pm to 5pm)

Course hours are EST (Eastern Standard Time).  Our Instructors are located in Toronto, Canada.

Course Topics

Entering Data
– Entering Text and Numbers
– Entering & Working with Dates
– Selecting Cells
– Understanding Cell Pointer Icons
– Cut, Copy, Paste and Fill Basics

Formatting Cells
– Horizontal Cell Alignment
– Formatting Numbers
– Using Format Cells
– The Format Painter
– Cancel vs Undo
– Delete and Clear Options

Sheet Tasks
– Column Widths / Row Heights
– Insert / Delete Columns and Rows
– Add, Rename, Delete, Move Sheets
– Zooming In and Out
– Printing and Basic Print Settings
– Saving, Open, New, Close

After taking this course, the next step is Course 1B: Basic Formulas.

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Course 1B: Basic Formulas

$ 125 per person / 3 ½ hours

All the formula essentials are covered in this course: operators, the order of operations, using built-in functions, and understanding relative vs. absolute cell referencing.

Dates & Times

Mon Dec 6 (1:30pm to 5pm)

Course hours are EST (Eastern Standard Time).  Our Instructors are located in Toronto, Canada.

Course Topics

Take this course if you feel comfortable with the basics in Excel (Course 1A), but have little or no experience creating formulas.

Formulas / Functions
– Entering a basic formula
– Operators & order of operations
– General Use of Excel Functions
– Using these Functions:
     – Sum, Average, Max, Min
     – Count, CountA, CountBlank
     – Round, Today, Now

Absolutes ‐ $
– What is a Relative Reference?
– What is an Absolute Reference?
– Using Full Absolutes
– Using Partial Absolutes

Trouble Shooting / Tips
– Display Formulas
– Editing and Finding Formulas
– Errors & Error Checking

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Course 2A: Intermediate Topics

$ 125 per person / 3 ½ hours

Conditional Formatting and Data Validation are features so widely used today that knowing how they work is essential. We also look at some useful sheet tips & features.

Dates & Times

Please contact us for dates

Course hours are EST (Eastern Standard Time).  Our Instructors are located in Toronto, Canada.

Course Topics

Conditional Formatting
– Highlight cell rules
– Top/bottom rules
– Data bars, color scales, icon sets
– Using manage rules
– Clearing rules
– Using formulas for a rule

Data Validation
– Set Values Allowed in Range
– Create Drop‐down Lists
– Information Messages
– Unacceptable Entry Messages
– Modifying Validation Settings

Working with Sheets
– Quick Navigation/Copy
– Using Group Mode
– Protect a Workbook

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Course 2B: More Intermediate Topics

$ 125 per person / 3 ½ hours

Learn three important and widely used features in Excel: working with a database, protecting data from being changed or erased and creating basic charts.

Dates & Times

Please contact us for dates

Course hours are EST (Eastern Standard Time).  Our Instructors are located in Toronto, Canada.

Course Topics

Basic Database Topics
– Valid Database Setup Rules
– Freeze Headings & Print Titles
– Using Sort and Custom Sort
– Using Filter

Protecting Sheet Data
– Locking/Unlocking Cells
– Protection Options
– Protect On/Off
– Forgot Your Password?

Chart Basics
– Insert a Chart
– Use the Chart Buttons
– The Chart Tools Tabs
– Move, Size and Print Charts

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Course 3: Using IF & VLOOKUP

$ 125 per person / 3 ½ hours

Learn how to effectively use the two most popular functions in Excel – IF and VLOOKUP.   We also cover a feature called Range Names, which is incredibly useful with formulas.

Dates & Times

Thu Dec 9 (9am to 12:30pm)

Course hours are EST (Eastern Standard Time).  Our Instructors are located in Toronto, Canada.

Course Topics

The IF Function
– IF Arguments
– Using IF
– Nesting IF’s
– Multiple Conditions with AND/OR
– Conditional Formatting with IF
– The IFS Function (Excel 365/2019)

Range Names
– Why Use Range Names?
– Creating and Referencing a Range Name
– Go to a Range Name
– Edit and Delete a Range Name

The VLOOKUP Function
– What is VLOOKUP?
– VLOOKUP vs. HLOOKUP
– Using VLOOKUP
– Approximate & Exact Match
– IFNA with VLOOKUP
– What is the New XLOOKUP Function (Excel 365)?

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Course 4: More Useful Formulas

$ 125 per person / 3 ½ hours

Learn how to quickly produce results that are difficult or time‑consuming using other methods. We look at conditional functions, index match, xlookup and linking formulas.

Dates & Times

Fri Dec 10 (1:30pm to 5pm)

Course hours are EST (Eastern Standard Time).  Our Instructors are located in Toronto, Canada.

Course Topics

Conditional Functions
– The Subtotal Function
– SumIf / Sumifs
– CountIf / CountIfs
– AverageIf / AverageIfs
– MinIf / Maxif (Excel 365/2019)

Linking Formulas to Other Sheets
– Link Cell/Formulas/3D Formulas

Linking Formulas to Other Files
– Create Linking Formulas
– Edit Links Dialog Box
– Finding Links in a File

Using INDEX MATCH & XLOOKUP
-INDEX MATCH & INDEX MATCH MATCH
-Using XLOOKUP (365)
-Using MATCH with VLOOKUP
-Using XMATCH (365)
-What’s Better: VLOOKUP, INDEX MATCH or XLOOKUP? 
(Knowledge of VLOOKUP required)

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Course 5: PivotTables Part 1

$ 125 per person / 3 ½ hours

Learn how to produce meaningful reports quickly and easily by leveraging PivotTables. By the end of this session you will feel confident building PivotTables in Excel.

Dates & Times

Mon Dec 13 (1:30pm to 5pm)

Course hours are EST (Eastern Standard Time).  Our Instructors are located in Toronto, Canada.

Course Topics

Create and Format a Table
– Valid Database Setup
– Create a Table
– Dynamic vs Static Ranges
– Tables with VLOOKUP, Data Validation & Charts

Get Started with a PivotTable
– What is a PivotTable?
– Creating a PivotTable
– Inside/Outside a PivotTable
– Adding Columns, Rows, Values and Filters Fields
– Moving & Removing Fields
– Applying Formatting

Working with a PivotTable
– Edit PivotTable Data
– Expand / Collapse
– Changing Report Layout
– Hide/Show/Modify Subtotals
– Hide/Show Grand Totals
– Sorting and Manual Sort
– Filtering Labels & Values
– Field Settings
– PivotTable Options
– Refresh Data
– Changing the Summary Function
– Percent, Running Totals, Ranking, etc.

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Course 6: PivotTables Part 2

$ 125 per person / 3 ½ hours

Once you’ve learned the basics, it’s time to see what a PivotTable can really do! Produce reports that output exactly what you need with visuals that will impress any reader. 

Dates & Times

Wed Dec 15 (1:30pm to 5pm)

Course hours are EST (Eastern Standard Time).  Our Instructors are located in Toronto, Canada.

Course Topics

Intermediate Topics
– How to Add Filter Pages
– Show Details (Drill Downs)
– Grouping Dates & Numbers
– Creating Custom Groups
– Printing Options
– Creating and Using Styles
– Defer Layout
– Creating PivotCharts
– Using Slicers & Timelines
– Setting PivotTable Default Options
– Conditional Formatting in a PivotTable

Advanced Topics
– Understanding the PivotCache
– Adding Calculated Fields
– Adding Calculated Items
– Create a Basic Dashboard
– Using GetPivotData

(Knowledge of PivotTables Part 1 is required for this course)

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Course 7: Introduction to Macros

$ 125 per person / 3 ½ hours

Understanding macros will make you far more efficient. We start with the basics (recording, edit & saving) and then we’ll get you started in the visual basic programming language.

Dates & Times

Thu Nov 18 (1:30pm to 5pm)

Course hours are EST (Eastern Standard Time).  Our Instructors are located in Toronto, Canada.

Course Topics

Recording Macros
– What is a Macro?
– Recording & Playing a macro
– Using Relative Referencing
– Workbook vs Personal Workbook
– Buttons & Illustrations to Run Macros
– Adding Macros to the QAT or Ribbon
– Saving and Opening Files with Macros
– Understanding the Personal Macro Workbook File

Introduction to VBA
– What is Visual Basic?
– Working in the VBA Editor
– Editing Recorded Macros
– Creating Macros that Cannot be Recorded
– Creating Macros that are Triggered by Events

Using the Following in VBA:
– With & End With
– Show Message Boxes
– Add Comments
– The IF Statement
– The Range Object
– Intersect
– Exit a Procedure

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Course 8: Time-Saving Shortcuts

$ 125 per person / 3 ½ hours

Getting the job done efficiently is everyone’s goal. This course will dramatically improve your productivity by showing you the useful time‑saving features that are hidden in plain sight.  

Dates & Times

Tue Dec 14 (9am to 12:30pm)

Course hours are EST (Eastern Standard Time).  Our Instructors are located in Toronto, Canada.

Course Topics

Great Features
-Show Sheets in Separate Windows
-Hyperlinks to Navigate Workbook
-Custom Number & Date Formats
-Customize the Quick Access Toolbar
-Concatenating in Formulas
-Goto Special to Select
-Create Custom Fill Lists
-The Windows Clipboard
-Save Filters or Print Settings
 
Quick Tips
-Trick with Absolute Referencing
-Copy Visible Cells Only
-Quick Ways to Navigate & Select Data
-AutoFit Column Cell Range
-Zoom to Width of Data
-Quick Ways to Format Cells
-The F2 and F9 Keys
-Switch Column Order Quickly
-Quick Paste Values
-Don’t Merge Cells!
-Go Back to Cell Pointer
-Copy Cell Above (Formula or Result)
 
(This course is for Intermediate + users, who also have a solid knowledge of basic formulas – at least the topics covered in Course 1B).
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Course 9: Cleaning Up Imported Data

$ 125 per person / 3 ½ hours

Using Excel to report on data that has come from another program often involves fixing that data first. This course looks at the best ways to ‘clean up’ your imported data.

Dates & Times

Thu Dec 16 (9am to 12:30pm)

Course hours are EST (Eastern Standard Time).  Our Instructors are located in Toronto, Canada.

Course Topics

Import & Fix Text Files
– Import .CSV, .TXT, .PRN
– The Text Import Wizard
– Fix Bad Dates and Bad Numbers
– Transpose
– Finding Duplicates

Splitting Data
– Using Flash Fill to Split Columns
– Using Text to Columns

Concatenating
– Combining Cell Contents
– Combining Different Data Types

Use Text Functions to Fix Data
– Left / Mid / Right
– Len / Search / Trim / Text / Clean
– Lower / Upper / Proper
– Value / NumberValue
– Substitute

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Course 10: More Data Features

$ 125 per person / 3 ½ hours

This course looks at three great features in Excel that will help you quickly and easily manipulate sheet data to display the results you need (advanced filter, grouping and consolidate).

Dates & Times

Wed Dec 1 (1:30pm to 5pm)

Course hours are EST (Eastern Standard Time).  Our Instructors are located in Toronto, Canada.

Course Topics

Advanced Filter
– Filter vs. Advanced Filter
– The 3 Ranges
– Simple and Formula‐based Criteria
– Running the Filter
– Using OR Conditions
– Using Range Names
– Copy Unique Records
(You should already be familiar with the regular Filter feature.)

Creating Groups & Subtotals
– Using Auto Outline
– Manually Creating Groups
– Collapse and Expand
– Hide/Show Outline Symbols
– Adding Subtotals
– Subtotal Options
– Removing Subtotals

Data Consolidation
– Consolidate by Position
– Consolidate by Category

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Course 11: Dynamic Arrays

$ 125 per person / 3 ½ hours

Dynamic Array formulas, new to Excel 365, are by far the biggest change ever made to Excel formulas, allowing you to quickly and easily produce results that were difficult before.

Dates & Times

Thu Dec 9 (1:30pm to 5pm)

Course hours are EST (Eastern Standard Time).  Our Instructors are located in Toronto, Canada.

Course Topics

This course is for intermediate and advanced Excel users who are already familiar with basic formulas, relative and absolute cell referencing and functions such as SUM, COUNT, IF and VLOOKUP, etc. 

Arrays
– What is an Array?
– Old CSE Arrays vs DA Arrays
– How to “Spill” a Formula
– The #SPILL! Error
– Implicit Intersection
– Compatibility with other Features
– Forward & Backward Compatibility

New Dynamic Array Functions
– Sort / SortBy
– Filter
– Unique
– Sequence
– RandArray

Existing Functions
– SUMPRODUCT vs SUM
– TRANSPOSE & FREQUENCY Now Easy

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Course 12A: Advanced Formulas

$ 125 per person / 3 ½ hours

In this Excel 365 course we will show you how to use some of the advanced functions in Excel 365, including creating your own custom functions.

Dates & Times

Wed Nov 10 (1:30pm to 5pm)

Course hours are EST (Eastern Standard Time).  Our Instructors are located in Toronto, Canada.

Course Topics

This course is for Excel 365 users who are already familiar with basic and intermediate formulas and functions that we cover in Excel courses 1B, 3, and 4, as well as the concept of Dynamic Arrays covered in course 11. 

Functions Covered
-SUBSTITUTE
-CHOOSE
-LARGE / SMALL
-RANK
-MOD
-OFFSET
-INDIRECT
-ROW / ROWS
-COLUMN / COLUMNS
-ADDRESS
-LET
-ARRAYTOTEXT
-LAMBDA – COMING SOON!
 
More on Course 11 Functions
-SEQUENCE
-SORT
-UNIQUE
 
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Course 12B: Creating a Dashboard

$ 125 per person / 3 ½ hours

In this Excel 365 course we put together the formulas created in Course 12A, to create an interactive dashboard with Excel form controls.

Dates & Times

Mon Dec 13 (9am to 12:30pm)

Course hours are EST (Eastern Standard Time).  Our Instructors are located in Toronto, Canada.

Course Topics

You must take Course 12A before taking this course. You should also be familiar with creating basic charts in Excel.

Using Form Controls
-Drop Down
-List Boxes
-Scroll Bars
-Option Buttons
 
Creating the Dashboard
-Linking Formulas to Display the Data
-Interactive Charts with Form Controls
-Data Selection Form Controls
-Text Boxes with Linked Formulas
-Design/Format the Final Dashboard
-Hide and Lock Raw Data/Formulas
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Private Training for Your Team

Private training is a course dedicated to your team only, on the date that works best for you. Choose any of our standard Excel courses or build your own custom course, with the topics you would like included. 

Pick a Standard Excel Course

You can select any of the 3½ hour Excel courses listed on this page and we will deliver it to your team in a live online format, or in-person at your office.

Get in touch for pricing or to book the most convenient time for your team!

Build Your Own Course

“Build your own course” means you tell us what topics you would like included in your course.

Use our Master Topic List to select the topics you would like covered in your live online or in-person private course.

Learn more about build your own courses. 

Get in touch for pricing or to book the most convenient time for your team!

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Course 1: Creating Spreadsheets

Whether you’ve never touched Excel or been using it for years, this course starts from the beginning, filling in self-taught gaps along the way. You will learn many time-saving shortcuts that will make you far more efficient.

  • Getting Started With Excel
  • Entering Text, Numbers, Dates & Formulas
  • Entering Formulas & Using Functions
  • Using Number Formats
  • Cell Alignment Options
  • Columns & Rows
  • Cut, Copy, Paste and Paste Special
  • Using Fill
  • Formatting (fonts, colours, borders, etc.)
  • Zoom & Views
  • Freeze Headings on Screen
  • Files (Open, New, Save, Close)
  • Printing

Contact Us or Register to book the most convenient time for your team!

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Course 2: Expand Your Knowledge

Handle large datasets and display information graphically. Learn how to deal with multi-page spreadsheets, create automatic formatting based on changing data, and display information with beautiful charts and graphs.

  • Setting Up a Database
  • Sorting
  • Filtering With AutoFilter
  • Using Data Validation
  • Conditional Formatting
  • Custom Number Formats
  • Multiple Sheets
  • Multiple Windows
  • Adding Cell Comments/Notes
  • Basic Charts

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Course 3: Working With Formulas

Multiply your knowledge of formulas. By the end of the day, you will have the skill set to leverage Excel’s hundreds of built-in formulas/functions (such as IF and VLOOKUP) and handle almost any situation, simple or complex.

  • Absolute Formulas
  • Range Names in Formulas
  • The IF Function
  • Conditional Functions (SumIf, CountIf, etc.)
  • The VLOOKUP Function
  • Using INDEX MATCH
  • Multiple Sheet/File Formulas
  • Concatenating
  • Protecting Formulas
  • Mapping Formulas with Auditing
  • Trouble Shooting Errors

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Course 4: Working With PivotTables

Learn how to use one of Excel’s most powerful – and most intimidating – features to make sense of large sets of data. You will also learn other techniques for building and managing an Excel database.

  • Setting Up a Valid Database
  • Create and Format a Table
  • PivotTables Part 1 – Introduction Topics
  • PivotTables Part 2 – Intermediate Topics
  • PivotTables Part 3 – Advanced Topics
  • PivotTables Part 4 – Expert Topics (if time permits)

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Course 5: Spreadsheet Management

Learn macros and control nearly any setting in Excel. Data topics covered include finding and showing duplicate data, grouping data for easy viewing and performing advanced filters not possible with the standard filter feature.

  • Introduction to Macros
  • Templates
  • Setting Program Defaults
  • Creating Groups & Adding Subtotals
  • Customize the Ribbon
  • Customize the Quick Access Toolbar
  • Using Advanced Filter
  • Hyperlinks
  • Creating Custom Views
  • Cell Styles, Themes, Fonts & Colours
  • Managing Database Duplicates
  • Importing & Fixing Text Files

Contact Us or Register to book the most convenient time for your team!

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Excel 365: Dynamic Arrays

Learn how to use the new Calculation Engine, called Dynamic Arrays (available to all Excel 365 subscribers as of in July 2020).  This is by far the biggest change ever made to Excel formulas and will allow you to easily produce results and reports.

  • Overview of Arrays
  • Dynamic Array Spill
  • New Dynamic Array Functions
  • Impact on Formulas
  • Understanding Array Constants
  • Interactive Reports Made Easy

Contact Us or Register to book the most convenient time for your team!

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