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Formatting an Excel Workbook: practical skills

Converting a poorly designed Excel workbook into a well designed workbook.

Course Description

This Formatting in Excel course consists of 7 sections with a total of 27 lectures. This course is unique in that it uses a sequential approach so that you can be faster at using Excel and develop skills to create more user friendly and error free workbooks.

Section 1 Introduction

Section 1 is an introduction. You will be able to understand what skills you are expected to gain in this course and be able to identify many problems in an existing workbook so that these issues can later be rectified.

It is split into 2 lectures:

  • Formatting an Excel Workbook Introduction
  • Introducing a Demo Workbook

Lecture 1 Formatting an Excel Workbook Introduction

The lecture provides: an overview of the course, objectives, skills to be gained, skills not covered, the basic structure of the course with 5 main sections or parts mentioned. These main parts are Introduction, Formatting an existing workbook, Formatting skills, Redesigning an existing workbook and Closing comments.

You will learn:

  • The objectives of the course
  • What skills will be gained in the course
  • What skills are not covered in the course

Lecture 2 Introducing a Demo Workbook

Introduces presenters and the Unformatted Excel workbook. A summary of the problems with an existing Excel workbook is provided.

You will learn what to focus on to improve and develop an Excel workbook.

Section 2 Basic formatting

You will learn many basic formatting skills (e.g. borders, aligning data, basic data types, copy and paste, COUNT function) that are taught through 3 main demonstrations presented in 7 lectures.

  • Formatting Demo 1 Borders
  • Formatting Demo 1 Aligning Data
  • Formatting Demo 2 Basic Data Types
  • Formatting Demo 2 Percentages
  • Formatting Demo 3 Copying Links, Data & Formats
  • Formatting Demo 3 Using Count Function
  • Formatting Demo 3 Consistent Columns

Lecture 3 Formatting Demo 1 Borders

This lecture focuses on the creation of space and addition of outside borders to improve the Unformatted Excel workbook.

You will learn:

  • Methods to create space in an Excel workbook by insertion of rows and columns.
  • The steps of creating borders in an Excel workbook.

Lecture 4 Formatting Demo 1 Aligning Data

This lecture focuses on further ways to improve the Unformatted Excel workbook by aligning the data.

You will practice:

  • How to line up titles
  • Merging/unmerging of cells
  • Ways to align data inside cells

Lecture 5 Formatting Demo 2 Basic Data Types

You will learn the importance of selecting basic Data Types consistently and appropriately to improve Unformatted1 Excel workbook. You will learn the purpose of basic data types in Excel.

You will practice:

  • The use of Text data type
  • Defining numbers
  • Using percentages data type

Lecture 6 Formatting Demo 2 Percentages

This lecture explores Percentages in greater detail to improve this type of data on the Unformatted1 Excel workbook. You will learn the importance of zeros in an Excel workbook .

You will practice:

  • Selecting the percentage data type consistently and appropriately.
  • Adjustment of zeros in an Excel workbook.
  • How to decrease decimal places in workbook data.

Lecture 7 Formatting Demo 3 Copying Links, Data & Formats

The focus of this lecture is on copying links, data and formats on the Unformatted2 Excel workbook. You will also develop further skills in using merge and center and inserting rows.

You will practice:

  • How to copy links, data and formats in an Excel workbook.

Lecture 8 Formatting Demo 3 Using COUNT Function

This lecture focuses on using the COUNT function to improve the Unformatted2 Excel  workbook.

You will learn the following skills:

  • How to use the COUNT function
  • How to unmerge a table
  • How to line up columns
  • The use of trace precedents and trace dependents

Lecture 9 Formatting Demo 3 Consistent Columns

Creation of consistent columns to improve the Unformatted2 Excel workbook is the focus of this lecture.

You will learn the following Excel skills:

  • How to make columns consistent in an Excel workbook
  • Adding a variety of borders and remove borders
  • How to wrap text so that all the text in the cells can be seen.

Section 3 Making Consistent Formula

This section consists of two lectures which demonstrate how to modify equations for consistency.

You will learn to modify equations for consistency and practice using the IF function in the Unformatted3 Excel workbook.

You will learn to:

  • Use Equations Consistently
  • Apply an example of Consistent Equations using IF function.

Lecture 10 Modifying Equations for consistency - Using Equations Consistently

The focus of this lecture is using equations consistently in the Unformatted3 Excel workbook. The importance of this consistency is explained.

You will learn the following Excel skills:

  • How to modify equations for the purpose of consistency
  • How to copy and paste formula.
  • The use of common source to copy
  • How to use the dollar sign ($) in Excel formula
  • How to clear contents

Lecture 11 Modifying Equations for consistency- Example of Consistent Equations using IF function.

This lecture presents the example of consistent equations through use of the IF function in the Unformatted3 Excel workbook.

You will learn:

  • How to use the IF function in Excel
  • Further skills in adjustment of zeros in an Excel workbook

Section 4 Cell Styles

This section focuses on using cell styles to improve an Excel workbook.

You will learn to use standard cell styles, create and modify cell styles and apply a wide range of cell styles to an Excel workbook.

There are 3 lectures:

  • Standard Cell Styles
  • Customising Cell Styles
  • Applying Cell Styles

Lecture 12 Standard Cell Styles

This lecture introduces the use of standard cell styles in order to improve the Unformatted4 Excel Workbook.

You will gain skills in:

  • Using Headings (a basic Excel cell style).
  • Use of Merge & Center
  • Applying a variety of borders
  • Use of Wrap Text

Lecture 13 Customising Cell Styles

This lecture demonstrates the use of other standard cell styles and how to modify cell styles in order to improve the Unformatted5 Excel workbook.

You will learn:

  • How to use standard cell styles such as Input, Calculations and Output.
  • How to modify the cell style (e.g. change the colour of fill).
  • Use of Copy and Paste format for efficient set up of cell styles

Lecture 14 Applying Cell Styles

Applying a greater variety of cell styles and the creation of cell styles are the main topics of this lecture. A greater range of cell styles are sourced from a dedicated Excel workbook called MMColourCode. These cell styles are then applied to improve Unformatted6 Excel workbook.

You will learn skills in:

  • Using a wide range of cell styles e.g. Superuser, Labels, Fixed and Background. 
  • Creation and formatting of cell styles.
  • Transferring the range of cell styles to the workbook using Merge Styles.
  • Adjusting the decimal places
  • Applying thick borders to tables

Section 5 Advanced Data Types

This section demonstrates the use of advanced data types to improve Unformatted7 Excel workbook.

You will learn to use conditional formatting, various types of dates, useful data validation options, text and text formula to improve an Excel workbook.

There are 4 lectures in this section:

  • Conditional Formatting
  • Using Dates
  • Data Validation
  • Using Text and Text Formula

Lecture 15 Conditional Formatting

This lecture focuses on conditional formatting to improve an Excel Workbook. A comparison is provided between use of conditional formatting and use of cell styles.

You will learn the following skills:

  • Use of New Rules
  • Formatting only cells that contain….
  • Selecting ‘Fill Colour’.

Lecture 16 Using Dates

This lecture demonstrates the use of dates in an Excel workbook. Advantages and reasons for using certain types of dates are provided.

You will learn to:

  • Reset as a date
  • Use long and short dates.

Lecture 17 Data Validation

The use of Data Validation is demonstrated in this lecture on an Excel workbook. The benefits of using data validation is explained.

You will gain skills in:

  • using whole number option
  • using decimal option
  • using list options

Lecture 18 Using Text and Text Formula

This lecture provides examples of using text and text formula in an Excel workbook. The use of text formula provides a way to automate Text written in cells rather than using less efficient manual approaches.

Section 6 Templates

This section demonstrates the effective use of templates for efficient and accurate use of Excel.

You will learn to create an original template, set up, adjust and copy template clones for efficient and accurate use of Excel. You will also learn skills in redesigning of templates.

There are 7 lectures in this section:

  • Template Concepts
  • Creating a Template
  • Setting up Clone Template
  • Clone Template Use
  • Templates Formula for Status
  • Templates Percent Available
  • Templates Percent Lost

Lecture 19 Template Concepts

This lecture explains template concepts in preparation for following lectures.

You will learn:

  • The importance of using templates
  • Appropriate layouts for templates
  • The conventional way to design a flowchart
  • Considerations for setting up of easy to follow templates

Lecture 20 Creating a Template

Here a table is set up (using Unformatted7 Excel workbook) that is to be copied to form clones. Here we set up the original template. This allows for efficient redesigning of tables.

You will therefore learn skills in setting up an original template.

Lecture 21 Setting up Clone Template

This lecture demonstrates setting up a clone template in Unformatted8 Excel  workbook. Here a clone is similar to the original template but has some modifications.

You will therefore learn skills in setting up a clone template.

Lecture 22 Clone Template Use

This lecture demonstrates the use of the clone template to create other tables of the same style in the Unformatted8 Excel workbook. By doing this Excel is used more efficiently.

You will learn skills in:

  • Copying a clone template
  • Adjusting a clone template
  • Adding data to a clone template

Lecture 23 Templates Formula for Status

This lecture demonstrates the use of Templates Formula for status in the Unformatted9 Excel workbook. You will learn to use nested IF statements applied to text.

Lecture 24 Templates Percent Available

In this lecture we consider what the original developer is trying to achieve. Here a minor redesign is demonstrated in Unformatted9 Excel workbook by adding a calculation.

Lecture 25 Templates Percent Lost

This lecture demonstrates appropriate redesigning in the Unformatted9 Excel workbook by making equations much simpler. An equation with some 20 terms is converted to one with about 5. A key part of formatting Excel is to use equations in such a manner that they are as simple as possible. This allows templates to be both efficient and clear.

Section 7 Close

This section comprises 2 lectures:

  • Closing lecture
  • Bonus lecture

You will understand what skills you have gained and what other courses are available and being developed to build on these skills. You will have access to a Formatted1 Excel workbook and will have gained the skills to transform the original Unformatted Excel workbook to the Formatted1 Excel workbook during the course.

Lecture 26 Close

This lecture includes:

  • a summary of what was covered
  • skills not covered
  • objectives achieved
  • general information about other related courses
  • how to find out about new courses (email)
  • acknowledgements

Lecture 27 Bonus

This final lecture provides information on available and planned courses related to this current course through use of a flowchart.

Goals

  • To take an unformatted Excel workbook and format it so that it is easy to understand.
  • Apply practical Excel formatting skills such as borders, fonts and styles/colour styles.
  • Use of data types and data validation to improve the format of your Excel workbooks.
  • Understand and apply layout concepts in Excel.
  • Create Excel¬†workbooks that have clear formatting through use of wrapping text and merging cells.

Prerequisites

  • Need access to Microsoft Excel. No former experience with Microsoft Excel is necessary.
  • This course is only applicable to Windows based systems.
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  • Formatting an Excel Workbook Introduction
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  • Introducing a Demo Workbook
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