Organizations the world over rely on information to make sound decisions regarding all manner of affairs. But with the amount of available data growing on a daily basis, the ability to make sense of all of that data is becoming more and more challenging. Fortunately, this is where the power of Microsoft® Office Excel® 2016 can help. Excel can help you organize, calculate, analyze, revise, update, and present your data in ways that will help the decision makers in your organization steer you in the right direction. It will also make these tasks much easier for you to accomplish, and in much less time, than if you used traditional pen-and-paper methods or non-specialized software. This course aims to provide you with a foundation for Excel knowledge and skills, which you can build upon to eventually become an expert in data manipulation.

This course covers Microsoft Office Specialist exam objectives to help students prepare for the Excel 2016 Exam and the Excel 2016 Expert Exam.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to create and develop Excel worksheets and workbooks in order to work with and analyze the data that is critical to the success of your organization.

You will:

  • Get started with Microsoft Office Excel 2016.
  • Perform calculations.
  • Modify a worksheet.
  • Format a worksheet.
  • Print workbooks.
  • Manage workbooks


This course is intended for students who wish to gain the foundational understanding of Microsoft Office Excel 2016 that is necessary to create and work with electronic spreadsheets.


To ensure success, students will need to be familiar with using personal computers and should have experience using a keyboard and mouse. Students should also be comfortable working in the Windows® 10 environment and be able to use Windows 10 to manage information on their computers. Specific tasks the students should be able to perform include: opening and closing applications, navigating basic file structures, and managing files and folders.


Lesson 1: Getting Started with Microsoft Office Excel 2016

Topic A: Navigate the Excel User Interface

– Microsoft Office Excel 2016

– Office Online Apps

– Spreadsheets, Worksheets, and Workbooks

– Cells and Ranges

– Cell and Range References

– The Excel UI

– Excel Window Commands

– The Backstage View

– How to Open Workbooks

– Mouse Navigation

– Keyboard Navigation

– Basic Data Entry

– How to Navigate the Excel Environment

– Navigating the Excel User Interface

Topic B: Use Excel Commands

– The Ribbon

– Tell Me

– ScreenTips and KeyTips

– The Quick Access Toolbar

– The Mini Toolbar and Context Menus

– How to Use Excel Commands

– Using Excel Commands

Topic C: Create and Save a Basic Workbook

– The New Tab

– Excel 2016 File Formats

– The Save and Save As Commands

– The Save As Screen

– Compatibility Mode

– The Convert Option

– The Compatibility Checker

– How to Create and Save a Basic Workbook

– Creating and Saving a Basic Workbook

– Microsoft OneDrive

– Signing in to Office 365 and OneDrive (Optional Instructor Demo)

– Excel Online

– Navigating in Excel Online (Optional Instructor Demo)

Topic D: Enter Cell Data

– Data Types

– The Cut, Copy, and Paste Commands

– The Undo and Redo Commands

– The AutoFill Feature

– AutoFill Options

– Flash Fill

– The Clear Command

– How to Enter Data in Worksheet Cells

– Entering Cell Data

Topic E: Use Excel Help

– Microsoft Excel Help

– The Help Task Pane

– How to Use Excel Help

– Using Excel Help

Lesson 2: Performing Calculations

Topic A: Create Worksheet Formulas

– Excel Formulas

– The Formula Bar

– Elements of Excel Formulas

– Common Mathematical Operators

– The Order of Operations

– Reference Operators

– How to Create Formulas

– Creating Worksheet Formulas

Topic B: Insert Functions

– Functions

– The Function Library Group

– The Insert Function Dialog Box

– The Function Arguments Dialog Box

– Graphical Cell and Range Reference Entry

– The AutoSum Feature

– Other Commonly Used Functions

– Basic Function Syntax

– The Formula AutoComplete Feature

– How to Insert Functions

– Inserting Functions

Topic C: Reuse Formulas and Functions

– Formulas and the Cut, Copy, and Paste Commands

– The Paste Options

– The Paste Special Options

– Relative References

– Absolute References

– Mixed References

– AutoFill and Formulas

– Worksheet References

– Excel Errors and Display Issues

– How to Reuse Formulas and Functions

– Reusing Formulas and Functions

Lesson 3: Modifying a Worksheet

Topic A: Insert, Delete, and Adjust Cells, Columns, and Rows

– The Insert and Delete Options

– Width and Height Adjustments

– The Hide and Unhide Commands

– How to Insert, Delete, and Adjust Cells, Columns, and Rows

– Adjusting Cells, Columns, and Rows

Topic B: Search for and Replace Data

– The Find Command

– The Replace Command

– The Go To Dialog Box

– The Go To Special Dialog Box

– How to Search for and Replace Data

– Searching for and Replacing Data

Topic C: Use Proofing and Research Tools

– The Spelling Dialog Box

– The Thesaurus Task Pane

– The Insights Task Pane

– How to Check a Worksheet’s Spelling and Perform Research

– Checking the Spelling in a Worksheet