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Excel Made Clear: Introduction to Spreadsheets

Friday, May 4th, 2018

10:00 am - 11:30 am CT

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes                  Sponsored by Credit Union Webinars 

Click Here to register $195.00

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This webinar is perfect for you if you’ve never worked with Excel spreadsheets or haven’t in several years. Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, walks you through the basics of Excel spreadsheets, providing the knowledge you need to create functional spreadsheets and manipulate large lists of data.

David presents an overview of the different types of files you can create, explains Excel’s rows and columns grid, shares keyboard shortcuts to simplify repetitive tasks, and more.

David demonstrates every technique at least twice: first, on a PowerPoint slide with numbered steps, and second, in Excel 2016. He draws to your attention any differences in Excel 2013, 2010, or 2007 during the presentation as well as in his detailed handouts. David also provides an Excel workbook that includes most of the examples he uses during the webcast.

Topics Will Include:

  • Copying formulas efficiently down one or more columns at the same time.
  • Discerning the nuance of entering text into worksheet cells.
  • Getting oriented with Excel’s grid of rows and columns.
  • Handling situations where numbers are presented as # signs on-screen and in Print Preview.
  • Jump-starting spreadsheet projects using free, prebuilt templates in Excel.
  • Learning about the different types of files you can create in Excel.
  • Learning the nuances of copying formulas within Excel spreadsheets.
  • Managing column widths within your spreadsheets.
  • Mastering Excel’s order of operations for mathematical formulas.
  • Navigating large workbooks with ease by way of a hidden menu as well as keyboard shortcuts.
  • Preventing errors from the start by choosing from thousands of free Excel spreadsheet templates.
  • Saving time by using the AutoSum formula to sum multiple columns at once with a mouse click or a keyboard shortcut.

Learning objectives:

  • Identify how to skip confusing menus by way of time-saving mouse tricks and keyboard shortcuts.
  • Define the structural basics of Excel worksheets and workbooks.
  • Apply some basic data-analysis techniques.

Who Should Attend?

Practitioners who wish to learn the basics of working with Excel spreadsheets.


David Ringstrom, CPA owns Accounting Advisors, Inc., an Atlanta-based spreadsheet and database consulting firm that he started in 1991. David has written freelance articles about spreadsheets since 1996, some of which have been published internationally. He teaches dozens of webinars on Excel each year, along with speaking at conferences.

David coined the phrase "Either you work Excel, or it works you!" Accordingly his sessions are designed to help you turn the tide and become a much more effective spreadsheet user.