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Microsoft Excel 

This module will teach you how to use Microsoft Excel to organize, visualize, and calculate your data. The links on this page will open in a new tab/window.

Top Tips

✓ Use the ‘Tell me’ feature to find a tool.  In Excel, you can type your desired task into the box that says, ‘Tell me what you want to do’. It will give you suggestions to help you find the right tool.

✓ Format your text using tools on the Ribbon. You can use tools in the Home tab to change the font size, colour, or typeface; make text into a heading; change where the text appears in a cell (top, middle bottom), and more.

✓ Reorganize your data using the sort tools. The Sort tool in the Data tab allows you to organize your worksheet by how you sort one column.

✓ Use Charts to visually display your data. The chart tools in the Insert tab allow you to create a chart from data in selected cells.

✓ Use Formulas to calculate, analyze, and work with your data. The Formulas tab contains a variety of formula tools that can help you perform calculations and other tasks to make use of your data.

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Getting Started with Microsoft Word 

Check out this video by on Getting Started with Microsoft Excel from 2016. 


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