Microsoft Excel 2013 Level 1

Microsoft Excel 2013 is the most widely accepted spreadsheet tool available today. Students taking the Basic Excel course will explore the Excel environment and learn how to work with basic spreadsheets and functions.

After completing this course, students will know how to:

  • Recognize spreadsheet terminology; start Microsoft Excel and identify the components of the Excel interface; create a blank workbook; navigate worksheets; and open a downloaded template.

  • Enter and edit text and values; use AutoFill; enter formulas and examine the order of operations; save and update a workbook; and save a workbook in different file formats.

  • Move and copy data; use the Office Clipboard; move and copy formulas; use AutoFill to copy formulas; use Paste Link; view formulas; work with relative and absolute cell references; and insert and delete ranges, rows, and columns.

  • Use the SUM function, AutoSum, and the AVERAGE, MIN, MAX, COUNT, and COUNTA functions to perform calculations in a worksheet.

  • Format text, cells, rows, and columns; merge cells; apply color and borders; format numbers; create conditional formats; us the Format Painter; and use Find and Replace to update the formatting for specific content.

  • Create, format, modify and print charts based on worksheet data; working with various chart elements; and apply chart types and chat styles.
    Insert and modify a picture; represent data graphically within cells by applying three forms of conditional formatting (data bars, color scales and icon sets); and insert and modify SmartArt graphics.

  • Check spelling; find and replace text and data; preview and print a worksheet; set page orientation and margins; create and format headers and footers; and print gridlines.

Course Outline

Getting started

  • Topic A:  Spreadsheet terminology

  • Topic B:  The Excel environment

  • Topic C:  Navigating a worksheet

  • Topic D:  Using a template

Entering and editing data

  • Topic A:  Entering and editing text and values

  • Topic B:  Entering and editing formulas

  • Topic C:  Saving and updating workbooks

Modifying a worksheet

  • Topic A:  Moving and copying data

  • Topic B:  Moving, copying and viewing formulas

  • Topic C:  Absolute and relative references

  • Topic D:  Inserting and deleting ranges, rows, and columns


  • Topic A:  Entering functions

  • Topic B:  AutoSum

  • Topic C:  Other common functions


  • Topic A:  Text formatting

  • Topic B:  Row and column formatting

  • Topic C:  Number formatting

  • Topic D:  Conditional formatting

  • Topic E:   Additional formatting options


  • Topic A:  Chart basics

  • Topic B:  Formatting charts


  • Topic A:  Working with pictures

  • Topic B:  Conditional formatting with graphics

  • Topic C:  SmartArt graphics


  • Topic A:  Preparing to print

  • Topic B:  Page Setup options

  • Topic C:  Printing worksheets


Students taking this course should be comfortable using a personal computer and Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, or preferably Windows 7. They should have little or no experience using Microsoft Excel or any other spreadsheet program. Students will get the most out of this course if their goal is to become proficient in using Microsoft Excel to create basic worksheets and charts for data tracking and reporting.


Students taking this course should be familiar with personal computers and the use of a keyboard and a mouse. Furthermore, this course assumes that students have completed the following courses or have equivalent experience: