Microsoft Excel is a powerful and critical tool for data analysis, creating and managing tables and for visualising data.

The goal of this course is to provide delegates with the skills and knowledge required to enhance the efficiency with which they use Excel through using the keyboard more efficiently and, when pertinent, smarter use of the mouse.


  • Some experience of working in Microsoft Excel would be beneficial.
  • Attendees must be comfortable opening, closing and saving files, and be able to navigate through files and folders. Delegates should also be familiar with the cut, copy and paste commands.
  • This course is suitable for anyone using Excel 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 or Excel 365. If you're attending at a QA location, the course will be delivered on Microsoft Excel 2016.

Dual monitor setup is required for when attending this course via the QA Attend from Anywhere delivery method.

Learning Outcomes

  • Master the Excel user interface
  • Use keyboard fundamentals – selecting, formatting and navigating Excel
  • Modify and manage worksheets
  • Create and audit formulas
  • Work with advanced functions including named ranges, VLOOKUPS, TEXT etc.
  • Create and modify Excel tables
  • Understand PivotTable fundamentals
  • Use Excel’s Quick Analysis Tools
  • All with an emphasis on the keyboard

Course Outline

Module 1 - Introducing the Keyboard

  • Excel Fundamentals
  • The Fluent User Interface
  • General Hotkeys
  • Navigating Cells in Worksheets

Module 2 - Modifying a Workbook

  • The Cut, Copy and Paste Commands
  • Flash Fill
  • AutoFill Options
  • Find and Replace
  • Spelling
  • Undo and Redo Commands
  • Selecting, Inserting and Deleting Columns, Rows and Cells
  • Column Width and Row Height
  • Hide and Unhide Options

Module 3 - Formatting an Excel Worksheet

  • The Font Group
  • Number Group
  • Cell Alignment

Module 4 - Managing Worksheets and Workbooks

  • Managing Worksheets
  • Freezing Rows and Columns
  • Split Screen
  • Arranging Workbooks
  • Viewing Workbooks Side By Side
  • Workbook Windows

Module 5 - Using Formulas and Functions

  • Relative and Absolute References
  • The Order of Operations
  • Auto Calculate
  • Inserting Functions
  • Using AutoSum
  • Copying a Formula
  • Creating an Absolute Formula
  • Using Mixed References in Calculations

Module 6 - Advanced Functions and Exploring Excel’s Function Categories

  • Function Categories
  • Working with Range Names
  • Applying Lookup Functions
  • Using Logical Functions
  • Calculating across Worksheets
  • Analysing Data based on Criteria
  • Working with Text Functions

Module 7 - Mastering Excel Tables

  • Introducing Excel Tables
  • Using Advanced Table Tools

Module 8 - An Introduction to PivotTables

  • Understanding PivotTables
  • Analyse data with Recommended PivotTables

Module 9 - Using Excel’s Quick Analysis Tools


  • Comprehensive list of Excel keyboard shortcuts

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