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Courses - Microsoft Excel 104
Description: Using Microsoft Excel
Running Time: 84 minutes
Pre-Requisites: Excel 103 strongly recommended
We use Excel XP in this course, but the lessons are valid for all versions of Excel from 95 to 2003. There are cosmetic changes in Excel 2007. Order before 10/3/2023 to get a FREE upgrade to our 2007 version when released!

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In Excel 104, we will build a financial calculator sheet to calculate loans. We will learn more about formatting cells. We will create a sales log, and we'll learn how to protect our worksheets from tampering.

We will begin by learning all about the different options under Format Cells, such as number, text, currency, and date formats.

We'll build a sales log as one of the example sheets in today's class. Of course the majority of the example sheets we will build in our classes are real-world examples - so feel free to use them in your business.

We'll learn how to make text stay inside of its cell - instead of spilling out to the cell next to it.

You will learn how to rotate text, so that you can do neat things like this with your column headings...

You will learn advanced techniques for creating borders in your sheets:

Next, we'll learn about a very powerful feature called conditional formatting. This allows Excel to automatically change the color (or other format) of a cell based on the value of the data in the cell. For example, having really high sales show up in red, and low sales in blue.

You'll learn how to use the collapse dialog button which shows up on many of Excel's menus.

We'll briefly cover spell checking (we discuss it in great detail in our Microsoft Word course, and we assume that most people learning Excel are also learning Word). We'll cover it just enough to teach you the basics.

We'll also show you Excel's find and replace features, which are more sophisticated than you might thing!

You will learn how to use the AutoFormat feature to quickly give your sheet a professional look - without having to format everything yourself.

Next, we're going to have some fun building a Financial Calculator. This is a sheet where you can figure out your monthly payments for a loan (mortgage, car loan, etc.). Just type in the amount of your loan, the interest rate, and the length of the loan, and Excel will figure out your monthly payments.

In order to create the financial calculator, we'll have to learn about a new function called the PMT function - which Excel uses to calculate the payments. Don't worry - it looks scary, but its not bad... once we show you how to use it.

When we're done, we'll have a professional-quality tool that any financial firm could put on it's computers for customers or agents to use.

And, just to make sure your agents and customers don't mess up your formulas, I'll also teach you how to lock and protect the worksheet.


This is a great course. We cover a lot of very powerful features. You'll be an expert in formatting your sheet by the end of this course. We'll also learn how to build a sales log, financial calculator, and more. You'll learn all about spell checking, find and replace, AutoFormat, and lots more.



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