Excel Training - Basic - 2021 Spring

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Excel Basics Workshop for Northwestern Undergraduates

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*All cancellations must be processed by Tuesday, April 20 @ 12:00 PM (CDT) to receive a refund (Eventbrite fees are non-refundable).*

This workshop will be held using Zoom. We will add you to the Canvas page for the workshop prior to April 22nd.

In the Excel Basics course you will learn the following (and more!):


  • Values vs. Labels
  • Text vs. Numbers
  • What is a worksheet?
  • Workbook/ file contents & limitations

Grand Tour of the Excel Environment

  • File tab
  • Tabs, Ribbons, Button, & Dialog boxes
  • Uses of a Spreadsheet program

Basic Math or Calculations in Excel

  • Turning an Excel cell into a calculating machine
  • Formulas vs. Built-in Functions
  • Order of Operations - PEMDAS
  • Absolute vs. Relative Referencing
  • Sum Function & using the Autosum Button - Σ
  • Additional commonly used built-in Functions: Count, Average, Min and Max

Formatting – give the report a professional look

  • Font Size, Font typeface, Font Color, Cell Alignment (horizontal and vertical), Word-wrapping
  • Format Numbers and Dates for readability
  • B, I, U – Additional text format options for emphasis
  • Borders, Cell Shading & Indent options
  • Format as a table – what that does to the range or array of cells

Create Column, Bar & Pie charts (2-D/3-D)

  • Format charts with themes and styles
  • Change location – on worksheet / on chart sheet

Protect a workbook

  • Enable a password and lock cells to prevent unauthorized changes

Print settings

  • Common Print Settings with Headers & Footers
  • Manual Page Breaks & Page Break View

Common clean-ups: The "why" and the how

  • Unmerge cells
  • Quickly resize all columns and clear all formatting but leave cell values
  • Copy & Paste Values to unlink

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Online event

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Refunds up to 7 days before event

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

Organizer Kapnick Center for Business Institutions

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The Minor in Business Institutions offered by the Harvey Kapnick Center for Business Institutions is designed to provide Northwestern undergraduates with a rigorous introduction to business and management fundamentals.  The minor is open to all Northwestern undergraduates regardless of major or home school. The minor allows them to build on the set of skills and knowledge they have acquired through other Northwestern coursework to prepare for employment in the business world.  It also allows students to connect their study of business and management fundamentals to broader areas of academic inquiry both by linking the study of principles of business and management to the social science scholarship that these principles are based on and by introducing students to social science and humanities scholarship on the cultural, political, philosophical, literary and social aspects of business institutions. Therefore, the minor is not meant to serve as narrowly conceived pre-professional training.  Instead the minor offers a broad multi-disciplinary perspective on a significant area of inquiry in 21st century society.  

Students without extensive quantitative training are particularly encouraged to apply.  The minor is designed so that such students can acquire the necessary quantitative background by completing four basic prerequisite courses in mathematics, statistics and economics.

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