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Excel 2010 Beginner Level 2
Beginner Microsoft Excel Tutorial -
1 hour, 28 minutes

This tutorial picks up where our Excel 2010 Beginner 1 class left off. In this tutorial, you will learn:
  - Using the Clipboard
  - AutoFill
  - Cell Data Formats
Rows & Columns
  - Working with Sheets
  - Sorting Data
  - Conditional Formatting
  - Find & Replace

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If you would like a preview of what's covered in this class,
click here to watch the first lesson of this course (free of charge), or scroll down for more information.


Excel 2010 Beginner Level 2
Description: Excel 2010 Beginner Level 2
Versions: Microsoft Office Excel 2010
Pre-Requisites: Excel 2010 Beginner Level 1
Running Time: 1 Hour 28 Minutes
Cost: $9.99

This course is for the novice user who has little or no experience with Microsoft Excel except for my Excel Beginner Level 1 course. We will begin by learning about the clipboard, and how to cut, copy, and paste data in our spreadsheets. We'll see how Excel automatically updates cell references.



You will learn about Autofill and how to use it to carry a formula across multiple rows or columns, again with Excel automatically updating the cell references.


Next you will learn about Cell Formats, including text, number, currency, accounting, long, and short dates.


We will next learn about fractions, percentages, how to increase and decrease the number of decimal points, the comma button, and scientific notation.


You'll learn how to work with rows and columns. You will see how to insert and delete rows and columns, select multiple columns, and clear their contents.


We'll learn how to manipulate Worksheets. You'll learn how to insert, delete, rename, move, copy, and color the tabs of Worksheets.


You will learn how to Sort Data. You'll learn how to sort ascending and descending, deal with total rows, and sort on a column other than the first column.



Next we'll learn Conditional Formatting, which is changing the look of the cell based on its contents. You'll learn about conditionally changing the cell's color, data bars, color scales, and icon sets.



You will learn how to use Find & Replace to locate and change data in your sheets. You'll learn when you should and should not use Replace All to perform mass changes.



Again, this is the perfect class for anyone who is new to Microsoft Excel 2010 and has finished my Excel Beginner Level 1 course. If you have little or no experience with spreadsheets, or you just want to get familiar with how Excel 2010 works, this class is for you.

Of course, if you have any questions about whether or not this class is for you, please contact me.


Complete Outline - Excel 2010 Beginner Level 2

01. Cut Copy Paste (9:30)
The Clipboard
Copy, Paste
Cut, Paste
Formula References Updated
Paste Multiple Times
Clipboard Heyboard Shortcuts

02. Autofill (7:46)
Autofill a Formula
Autofill Handle
Moving a cell
Move a Cell Value

03. Cell Formats 1 (10:39)
Text, Number
Missing Leading Zeros
Currency, Accounting
Short Date, Long Date

04. Cell Formats 2 (7:32)
Mixed Fraction
Increase Decimal
Decrease Decimal
Comma Style
Scientific Style

05. Rows & Columns (9:42)
Clear v. Delete
Selecting Multiple Columns
Delete Columns
Delete Rows
Right-Click Delete
Insert Column
Insert Row
Insert Multiple Row
Clear Contents
06. Sheets (9:34)
Insert New Worksheet
Delete Worksheet
Rename Sheet
Moving Sheets
Copying a Sheet
Sheet Tab Color

07. Sorting Data (6:25)
Sort A to Z
Dealing with Total Rows
Select Everything First
Sort on a Different Column
Use TAB to Change Columns

08. Conditional Formatting (8:03)
Highlight Cells Rules
Greater Than, Less Than
Above Average
Multiple Conditions
Clear Formatting from Sheet
Data Bars
Color Scales
Icon Sets

09. Find & Replace (7:35)
Find Data
Find Next
Find All
Replace All

10. Review (4:40)


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Student Interaction: Excel 2010 Beginner 2

Richard on 1/1/2010:  Using the Clipboard, AutoFill, Cell Data Formats, Rows & Columns, Working with Sheets, Sorting Data, Conditional Formatting, Find & Replace
Carol Brown on 11/17/2011: If I want a cell to contain a dash that is not related to subtraction, how can I do this. I formatted the entire worksheet as text, but it still want to use the minus as part of a formula.

Reply from Richard Rost:

Just start the cell off with a single-quote ' character. That will force Excel to treat the cell as text.

 Lynn on 6/11/2012: Hello, my question is about Tab labels at bottom of spreadsheet.
e.g. I want each tab to be the next day in sequence?? is there any function like autofill for this

Reply from Richard Rost:

You can use VBA to change the name of the sheet tab. I don't know what it is off the top of my head, but I'm sure my friend Google does. I don't do a lot of Excel VBA programming. Whenever I do, I have to look the syntax up. If something needs VBA in Excel, I usually switch to Access. :)

PatrickWoo-Ching on 9/19/2012: I created a spreadsheet with a colum for birthdates. How would I go about having the birthdate change automatically when the date arrives?

Reply from Richard Rost:

Why would you want the birth date to change? That should stay constant, don't you think? Do you mean you want a "days until birthday" value? If so, see my recent tip on subtracting dates in Excel.

Alexandria Hutchinson on 3/18/2013: I've lost my ribbons and footer information. How can I retrieve them?
Jennifer Garubanda on 7/11/2013: How can I put my table on the separate sheet yet everything fits on one sheet?

Reply from Richard Rost:

Jennifer, I don't understand what you're trying to do. Please clarify. Your question seems to contradict itself. :)

DIANE WRAY on 8/17/2013: I have my own example set up for this. I have selected columns and rows as shown and hi-lighted. I move with my tab to the last column that shows a total and am trying to sort numbers from largest to smallest. It is not taking into account the selected no on column F2? My formula bar shows the correct equation?
Time 05.31 on sorting data video.

Reply from Richard Rost:

I can't really tell what's happening without seeing your sheet.

DIANE W on 8/18/2013: I figured out my mistake. I was looking at your online example and did not select all the data from my own example in order to sort and filter largest to smallest.
Kimberly Pelquin on 2/24/2015: How do you find/replace in a spread sheet of 5000 customers if you have John Smith, Sue Smith, Ron Smith, Paul Smith? Do you have to do them one at a time?

Reply from Alex Hedley:

There is a replace all option.
Are you wanting to change individual's names?

Ginny Yager on 4/23/2015: Hi Richard, this is probably coming up in a future lesson (I'm only on Beginner Level 2-3), but it's something I'm being asked to do now. I need to create a spreadsheet for training. I know how to insert a formula to get a total, but what if I'm not finished entering information? If I put the formula in cell E24, but still have to enter other trainings after row 24, what do I do? The only thing I can think of is that once I've put the formula into a cell, I'd have to insert a new row every time I entered a new training. Is there a way to force that formula to move down?
I hope I've explained my question.

Reply from Alex Hedley:

If you highlight the cell and hover in the bottom right hand corner it should change to to black + sign
Double click that and the formula will copy down.

Ginny Y on 4/23/2015: OK, but what if I'm entering new information into that cell where the total is? My columns are Name, Date, Title, Type, XHours and YHours.
I'd put TOTAL in cells E5 and F5. Now I have to enter information in Row 6, including into cells E5 and F5. Are you saying that I should just drag the formulas from E5 and F5 down into E6 and F6 and so on, as I add data? I'm sorry, I can put stuff INTO spreadsheets, but I stink at creating them. Hence the course. :)

Reply from Alex Hedley:

Yeah you can do that

Another option is highlight a cell in data, Ctrl+L turns it into a Table/List, now when you tab to create a new row the formula will copy down automatically.

Anthony P M on 3/4/2016: Hello can you help me on this question please? I have an individual with a number of training dates which covers many years, I have applied "Conditional Formatting" Changing 2016 dates to red in my spreadsheet, but now I want to count the 2016 dates (Red Boxes)I am trying to use CountIF but am struggling, can you help advise please. Not sure what to place between the two " "

Reply from Alex Hedley:


You could use the Year function in another column then count on that

Meenakshi Sundaram on 1/17/2017: When I take the mouse to the Bottom Right Corner, it doesn't changes from White plus to Black plus and I can't able to copy and four direction arrow is also not coming over the four outer lines hence I can't able to move the cell from one place to another. Help in this regard, Please.
gilbert gilinsky on 1/29/2017: I lost my undo icon how to get back

Reply from Alex Hedley:

Is this in the Quick Action Toolbar along the top, there is a small dropdown where you can customise and add more


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