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How To Learn Microsoft Excel Faster

In this Blog, you'll learn five Excel tips to improve speed and accuracy: Excel Help Tip #1. Keyboard shortcuts: why breaking up with your mouse might be a good thing to do Excel Help Tip #2. How to wrangle worksheets without frustration Excel Help Tip #3. Ways to type less and get more done with AutoFill, AutoCorrect and Custom Lists Excel Help Tip #4. How to repeat success every time using Templates Excel Help Tip #5. Ways to troubleshoot and dissect formulas to understand what's really going on With this Microsoft Excel Help summary, you can improve your skills, boost productivity and advance your career-no matter which version of Excel you use or your level of experience. I hope this help you, and if you have any question please contact me for more Tips.

A few entries can yield a mountain of analysis

I work for a Tag and Title Office and deal with numbers and stats all of the time.  One of my statistics files is set up so people who don't understand Excel at all can make entries into just a few cells throughout and the year, and at year end, I have dozens of ways to analyze productivity, accuracy, missed opportunity to serve customers and comparison one location's productivity to another location that offers the same service.  You can design a complicated sheet, but the people who make the entries don't have to understand anything about Excel.

Customize Excel to gather information from your team...and email you the results

Did you know you can use Excel to let people to sign up for an event?  I use it every year for the staff Christmas party.  I email employees a link...they enter their information like whether or not they plan to bring a guest or what menu item they choose...and when they complete the form, their response comes back to you in email form.  You can have people submit one or two bits of information or hundreds--there's no difference to Excel.  And you can instruct Excel not to send their RSVP unless they fill in all the blanks.  Pretty cool.

Do you need to send reminders to employees or club members?

You can generate email reminders based on almost any condition you can think of.  I use it at work to automatically open up at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays...check to see if employees' notary commissions are current...and send emails to those who are within 90 days or needing to renew.  Imagine the uses.  If you track anything and want to remind others it's time to take action, Excel has you covered.

If you are your organization's treasurer and have to collect dues, you need to know this.

Of course Excel lets you keep track of your members, their information, if their dues are current and how much they owe.  But did you know that in tandem with Outlook, you can get Excel to send your members email reminders about how much they owe?  Or you can thank them for paying promptly.  It's cool and easy using the VBA programming language that is a standard part of Excal.

Are your Excel files too large?

If you are using Excel 2007 or newer, did you know there's a way to save your files that makes them a fraction of the size?  When you save the file, choose the .xlsb format, and as long as the file is only intended to be opened in Excel (as opposed to generic spreadsheets), you lose no functionality and cut the size way down.  If you are the only one who uses your files, there is no reason NOT to use the .xlsb format.

Lessons in Microsoft Excel

Hello friends!    After working with a few students in basic and advanced Microsoft Excel techniques, I've created a syllabus that I think will work for anyone trying to learn Excel. Complete with worksheets, tutorials, and homework assignments. 

Excel is not hard to use...

From business school to being in the corporate world for over 15 years, I've observed that majority of people 'feel' that they should be better with Microsoft Excel but are not.  Nevertheless, they never take the time to learn even the basics of this software and are struggling for hours with some simple work that should take them a couple of minutes to complete.    For most people, all it takes is some simple demonstration of the ease of the program and I've seen dramatic improvements in a very short amount of time.  If you have ever felt this way, there are ways to get better and more comfortable.  I welcome comments and questions regarding getting more comfortable with Excel.     

Five Useful Microsoft Office Shortcuts

Microsoft Office is suite of programs used around the world for office and school work.  The Office suite includes Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.  One of the advantages of using these programs is that they have a lot of features, and you can use them to create a variety of projects in many different styles and formats.  Another advantage is that many of the shortcuts that work in one program work in the others as well, and they haven't changed from one version to the next.     I use Microsoft Office everyday for my job.  I also tutor students who want to improve their skills in one or more of these programs.  There are hundreds of shortcuts.  Most people don't need to know them all (I don't!), but having a few of these in your back pocket.  Here are five of my everyday favorites; they work equally well in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote.  Ctrl+X means:  hold down both Control and X.   Ctrl+X... read more

Excel Quick Tip: Quickly and Easily Copy Data from Cell Above

Sometimes you need to repeat the data or formula from just one cell, and you don't want to bother with copy and paste. You can quickly copy the contents of a cell to the cell just below it: Click in the cell just below the cell you want to copy Press CTRL + ' (apostrophe) Press ENTER It's that simple!

The difference between data and information

Through the years, I have seen numerous reports that provided the reader with no useable information. Why you may ask? Because the report creator didn't understand the difference between data and information. Data is a number; an answer; a disparate answer without focus or label. An example could be 7, apple, The Oscars. Great, what does 7 mean? I know what an apple is, but what is the context? Here's an example of a report, what's wrong with it? Quantity      Item     Price    Amount   5           Apple    $10.00     $ 50.00   1           Banana   $20.00    $ 20.00   2           Pear     $25.00      $ 50.00 Total            ... read more

Favorite educational quote

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. (Aristotle) This quote provokes me never to accept the status quo and always challenge assumptions. It is the thought that through education we never stop learning or seeking after truth and knowledge.

Filing Your Taxes This Year - Tax Planning and the Hitches at IRS

The IRS have opened up form 8863 Education Credit and you can file that form now. Many other credits are still not ready and taxpayers await these in order to file. What is my opinion as a tax professional for 26 year? See below. TAX PLANNING: It is perfectly legal to plan your tax affairs to your advantage as long as you don't break Tax Law. Many people don't know this. Some avoid tax professionals, claiming that they file their own taxes yearly... WORD OF ADVICE----when you are sick you visit a doctor, when you car needs repairs you take it to the mechanic---Trust me if you don't take your taxes to a seasoned tax preparer , I guarantee you that you are losing out on solid TAX PLANNING ADVICE ... Food for thought.

New to WyzAnt Tutoring

Hello! This whole site is pretty new to me, but I wanted to briefly show my interests and experiences, as they are fairly diversified: Sciences: As noted above, most of my experience is with chemistry. Organic Chemistry is my specialty, but I am also familiar with Inorganic Chemistry. I've been a Teaching Assistant for college freshman level courses through upper level chemistry courses. I started off as a Biology/Pre-med major, so courses like Physics and Biology are high on my understanding. Tutoring in most of the sciences will be my highest level of knowledge/experience. Math: I was a mathematics minor as an Undergraduate, so I am very familiar with a fair amount of mathematics divisions. Calculus is fairly fresh, but I am most proficient with Algebra. I have a secret love of the mathematics, so tutoring math in some way would definitely be great. Dance: I just noticed that dance was an option for the "subjects", so I listed it. I am a Lindy Hop dancer... read more

Excel Quick Tip: Using the Keyboard to Switch between Worksheets

Sometimes it's easier to use the keyboard to change to a different worksheet, especially when you're already typing data or formulas into the sheet. To switch to a worksheet to the right of the current sheet, press CTRL+PAGE DOWN (hold down CTRL and tap PAGE DOWN until the appropriate worksheet appears). To switch to a worksheet to the left of the current sheet, press CTRL+PAGE UP.

Excel Quick Tip: Quickly and Easily Highlighting Excel Data

If you want to quickly select (highlight) all of the contiguous (continuous) data in your spreadsheet (such as a table of information), follow these steps: - Click anywhere within the contiguous data - Press CTRL+A If there are rows or columns within your data that are completely blank, the highlighted selection will stop at those "borders." If you want to select the entire spreadsheet, including any blank rows or columns, press CTRL+A+A (in other words, press CTRL+A, then while continuing to hold down CTRL, press "A" again). Alternatively, you can click on the button in the top left corner of the sheet to select the entire sheet. This button is located at the intersection of the row and column headings, just to the left of the column A button and just above the row 1 button.

Congratulations to MADISON for her dedication and good grades in her challenging business classes.

Congratulations to MADISON for her dedication and good grades in her challenging business classes. Madison, we're proud of you for doing a great job--it looks like you're going to get A's and B's in all of your classes. Since you are taking some very challenging subjects, passing them all and getting good grades is a praiseworthy accomplishment on your part!

Congratulations to Niesha for getting an "A" on her Operations Management final exam.

Congratulations to Niesha for getting an "A" on her Operations Management final exam. That was a challenging class, and I know you worked hard for your good grades. I am so proud of you for your dedication and resulting success. Keep up the good work, and before you know it, you will be graduating!

Recommended Statistics Learning Strategies - Experienced Subject Matter Expert

My recommended strategy to Students at all academic levels for learning and successfully passing the course at all modalities (on-line, on-ground) is the culmination of at least ten years of teaching and tutoring statistics at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels in business, management, sciences, social studies, and psychology. It consists of the following: 1. The first is to learn how to overcome fear and anxiety from the unknown and look at tutoring as a prudent investment to your immediate future and success. Engage the tutor from the start of the course and don't prolong the decision because of the complexity and quantitative nature of the subject area. This component of the overall strategy is to keep the weekly normal pace and retain basic real life knowledge for ongoing participation in the political and economic process of the National affairs and State-of-the-Union. 2. Academic Reading Materials and Study Guides encompass three distinct sections... read more

Dedicated to teach

I am dedicated to teaching you how to fish. Like the saying goes... “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day; Teach a man to fish and he eats for a lifetime”. I love to teach! Give me the opportunity to teach you to fish. My favorite subjects include: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Visio

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