Training Courses

Microsoft Excel : Introduction

  305 reviews

One Day Course


This course is ideal for complete novices, those who have basic knowledge of Excel or are self-taught. The course will provide you with the skills you need to work quickly and produce functional and well formatted spreadsheets.

This course is often used to benchmark MS Excel skills and ensure a level of understanding for new starts at companies.

Delegates will leave feeling confident about creating professional worksheets with the software and be able to navigate the interface intuitively and productively.

Delegates attending the public scheduled course may choose to use either MS Office 2013 on PC or 2016 on either Mac or PC.

There is a maximum class size of eight on our MS Office public courses. You need no previous experience to attend this course.

What are the 5 things you will get out of the course?
• Create a spreadsheet from scratch
• Format text & numbers
• Learn shortcuts & tips to help you perform the above as efficiently as possible
• Perform basic calculations
• Present data visually using charts

Public Course Dates & Pricing

  • Public Courses

    Small class sizes so you get the maximum amount of trainer time possible. You attend with delegates from other companies.

    A great, cost efficient way to learn, discounts are also available for group bookings.


    Discount Info
  • Private Courses

    One to one tuition or a private group with just your colleagues. Your choice of duration, content and location. We can train at one of our centres or onsite with you wherever you are located.

    We offer a free consultation service to help work out every detail and build the perfect course for you.

    From £499 + VAT per day

    Free Consultation

Course Outline

  • Getting to Grips with the Basics
    • The Excel Interface
    • Using Backstage View
    • Understanding the Ribbon
    • Using & customising the Quick Access toolbar
    • Using shortcuts

    Effectively Organise Your Workbooks
    • Creating, saving & opening a new Workbook
    • Entering numbers & text in a Workbook
    • Adding, deleting & naming sheets

    Entering Data into Spreadsheets Effortlessly
    • Inserting Cells, Columns & Rows
    • Deleting Cells, Columns & Rows
    • AutoFill & using SmartTags
    • FlashFill
    • Inputting dates & times
    • Using Copy & Paste
    • Using Undo & Redo

    Beautifully Presenting Your Data
    • Font formatting
    • Borders & Shading
    • Number formatting (currency etc)
    • Alignment options
    • Clearing formats
    • Applying cell styles
    • Formatting shortcuts

    Questions & answers
  • Uncomplicate Tasks by Defining & Creating Calculations
    • Writing a basic formula
    • Understanding the order of BODMAS
    • The Sum function & AutoSum
    • Creating statistical functions (Average, Max and Min)
    • An introduction to the Function Wizard

    Enhancing Key Messages with Visual Representations of Your Data
    • Creating a chart
    • Editing a chart
    • Changing the layout of a chart
    • Adding and removing chart elements
    • Formatting a chart
    • Combination charts

    Fine-Tuning Your Page Layout before Printing Worksheets
    • Setting page margins & page orientation
    • Creating a Header & Footer
    • Printing all or part of a worksheet
    • Setting Print Titles for large Worksheets

    Questions & answers
Experience + Flexibility

We know training inside out. We can advise you on all the options to make sure you get the best possible course.

Tell us you need to cancel 5 working days before your course and there’s no charge. Great for your peace of mind.

Our trainers bring their years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll leave confident and prepared.

The smallest class size in the industry. More one on one time with the trainer and a less intimidating group size.

Tell us which you use and it'll be booted up and waiting with the latest software when you arrive.

We provide a lovely onsite lunch so you can relax. We can cater for any dietary requirement with no fuss.

Comfort + Location
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Our Clients

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When you attend a course we ask you to tell us how it went. We use your feedback to help us improve our courses.

We publish all our customer satisfaction stats live on our site (good or bad) because we want everyone to know just how highly you rate us every day, every week and every year.

We know that choosing the best course can be difficult, maybe the thoughts of the 17679 other clients we've asked will give you the inspiration to join us too.

The most recent comments from attendees of our courses are shown below. We reckon they will give you a pretty good indication of how they think we perform.

  Client Ratings

Attendees surveyed17679
  Trainer Knowledge9.8 / 10
  Trainer Materials9.6 / 10
  Trainer Preparation9.8 / 10
  Overall Trainer Score9.7 / 10
  Centre Lunch9.6 / 10
  Centre Staff9.9 / 10
  Overall Centre Score9.7 / 10
  Overall Experience9.6 / 10
  % Who Would Recommend Us99.7%

  Recent Feedback

"Very informative course "

"Very patient-explained everything very well"

"great at ensuring that everyone was keeping up and relevant topics! Also great venue."

"I was very satisfied overall! Food was good and there was a lot for vegetarians. Trainer Dallas was engaging and enthusiastic, I learned a lot and I felt I could follow the course very well. "

"Trainer was very approachable and helpful"

"very patient - thank you"

"Very good base for Excel users, does not take anything for granted so you feel really comfortable throughout the whole course while learning."

"Everything. Really like how Lynne referenced back to what I use (Excel 2010) to inform me with what is and is not in that version compared to 2013. Looking forward to learning more from Lynne. Really beneficial"

"Was taken nice and slowly, a lot of areas were covered The day wasn't too long"

"Lynne was a great trainer and explained everything so clearly and I now feel much more confident than before and like I learned some really useful things. Thank you!"

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"Very patient. Good at explaining things properly"

"Lynne was very helpful and answered all our questions in a clear and concise way. She was very friendly and easy to approach which definitely helped me understand the software better. "

"Staying focused and answering questions. Good speed ( not going to fast)"

"Sonel was friendly,knowledgeable and approachable. I learnt so much and I can't wait to use my new skills at work! Thanks so much. "

"All good"

"Making the learning process fun and easy to understand"

"Very well organized and making everyone welcome"

"very informative for a beginner on excel "

"Very good pace of learning and learnt a great deal. "

"Excel, lunch, refreshments"

"Really impressed with the whole set-up and particularly the class size"

"Very useful day for a complete novice like me. Food was surprisingly good!"

"Course environment was very comfortable supportive and conducive to learning. Would recommend"

"We covered a lot of ground which was great! I would like to do the next part because it was so helpful. Thank you so much!!! "

"All of it. Kate's presentation style was very easy to understand and she was both patient and helpful to a class of absolute beginners. The venue was relaxing and the lunch excellent. "

"Everything! Keep up the good work."