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Microsoft Excel 201
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This is our first Intermediate level Excel class, so get ready for a lot of great, new, powerful features! We're going to start out by learning about the IF function - which allows Excel to make decisions for itself. We'll learn about relative v. absolute references. We'll see how to share data between multiple sheets. And, you will see how to paste-link and embed Excel sheets into Word documents.

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Microsoft Excel 201 Comment from SHEILA @ 3/15/2011
I am trying to use the IF feature; but to no avail.  I want to know if excel sees the letters ST in ANY cell-this is my range(=$G$6:$NG$80) on my spreadsheet, then I want the number 2 to appear in cell F6 - Is this possible to do?

Reply from Richard Rost:

The cell will be JUST "ST"? If so, you could use the COUNTIF function to count the number of times it appears. If "ST" can appear anywhere WITHIN the cell, you'd need to use the FIND function to look inside of a text string.
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Comment from Richard Rost @ 10/18/2009
Bill, you are correct. You do NOT want the sales tax changing on all OLD records. When we get to the order entry system in Access 301/302 I'll show you an exception - when you want to save historical data. For example, when you add a PRODUCT to an invoice. If the product price changes, you don't want it updating all of your old invoices. It's the exact same scenario. We'll save the product price in the invoice table to keep it at the time of the sale.
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Comment from  Bill @ 10/16/2009
Richard, suppose that sales tax changes....you wouldn't want all the previous calculations to reflect the new rate?....That would require a new formula?...am I right or at least an update....how can one best do that.....?
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Comment from Joyce Jones @ 5/21/2009
Very straight forward and easy to learn.
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Comment from Richard Rost @ 5/11/2009
Debbie, give me an example of a more complicated example, and I'll be happy to include some next time I revise this lesson. :)
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Comment from  Debbie @ 5/9/2009
Wish you had used more complicated examples
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EXCELLENT COURSE Comment from Charles @ 3/10/2009
This is exactly what I have been looking for. I think your videos are great and have posted your link on Amazon.com in a book or rather DVD review I had posted on excel 2007 and also recommended your site to view. I have viewed many books on MS Excel, but never felt that they were worth the money. Just recently I bought Excel 2007 Data Analysis and Business Modeling from MS Press and it sucks. I really do hope as you are making your videos for excel 2007 you can incorporate ideas from this book that would be just AWESOME!! I will be buying more of you lessons. One more thing, I would also Like to see more detailed and  complicated examples using the IF statement, VLOOKUP, SUMIF,  and such. Taking a basic example and really building on it.
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Comment from Charles Walters @ 3/10/2009
In this lesson you could have also mentioned that you can press F4 att eh top of the keyboard to enter the dollar signs
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Comment from Art  Kelly @ 2/21/2009
A student caught cheeting is not a problem, a student caught cheating should be disciplined!
Richard, this is an excellent course, as is all your training courses.
I learn so much better because of the ability to repeat the sessions over and over.  With your course I took my Church from manual pencil bookkeeping to a financial report generated by Excel entries.  It's great!  Many thanks.  Eventually I will procure all the Excel courses.

Art Kelly
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Comment from Maks Kelemina @ 10/1/2008
Richard, this lessons were extremly helpful, ,especialy the links between sheets and Word - Excel combination,  thanks
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Comment from Richard Rost @ 2/28/2008
Jammy, I've made my videos small so that you should be able to fit them on the screen at the same time as you're working with Excel. Just move the windows around on your desktop until they fit. You might need to resize them a bit, but unless you've got a REAL small monitor, they should fit fine.
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Comment from Jammy @ 2/20/2008
Hi Richard,

How can i practice while i am watching you at the same time?


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Comment from Richard Rost @ 1/14/2008
Don, I'm sorry, but tests for ALL of the courses aren't available yet. I'm working on them. I hope to add more very soon.
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Comment from Don @ 1/13/2008
I just finished Excel 201 and there is no test available and I WANTED a certificate of completion.

Please advise.
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Comment from Richard Rost @ 11/27/2007
That depends on your version of Excel and what other features you have or don't have installed. Which Excel are you using?
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