Microsoft Excel 2013 Level 2

Students taking the Intermediate Excel course will work with large worksheets, apply advanced formatting, data outlining, range names, worksheet sharing, tables and templates.

After completing this course, students will know how to:

  • Freeze panes and split a worksheet; open and arrange a new window with the current worksheet content; hide and unhide data; set print titles and page breaks to optimize print output; insert different even and odd headers; manage multiple worksheets; link worksheets by using 3D formulas; add a Watch windows; create and manage links between workbooks

  • Apply special and custom number formats; control the display of zero values; apply and modify themes; merge and split cells; change the orientation of data in cells; transpose data; use Paste Special operations; add a background color and a watermark

  • Create an outline and consolidate data; create custom views to save different sets of worksheet display and print settings; create subtotals in a list; use multiple subtotal functions.

  • Define and apply cell and range names; use names in formulas; and define and apply 3D names

  • Sort and filter data; create, format and name a data table, and add rows and columns; use structured references

  • Save and publish a worksheet as a Web page; insert and edit hyperlinks; publish a worksheet; and send a worksheet as an email attachment

  • Use auditing features; add comments to cells and workbooks; protect a worksheet or part of a worksheet; protect the workbook structure; share, merge and track changes in a workbook; find and remove hidden and personal data in a workbook; and mark a workbook as final

  • Change Excel’s default application settings and customize the ribbon; create and modify templates

Course Outline

Managing workbooks and worksheets

  • Topic A:     Viewing large worksheets

  • Topic B:     Printing large worksheets

  • Topic C:     Working with multiple worksheets

  • Topic D:     Linking worksheets with 3D formulas

  • Topic E:     Using multiple workbooks

  • Topic F:     Linking workbooks

Advanced formatting

  • Topic A:     Using special number formats

  • Topic B:     Working with themes

  • Topic C:     Other advanced formatting

Outlining and subtotals

  • Topic A:     Outlining and consolidating data

  • Topic B:     Creating subtotals

Cell and range names

  • Topic A:     Creating and using names

  • Topic B:     Managing names

Data structure and tables

  • Topic A:     Sorting and filtering data

  • Topic B:     Working with tables

Web and sharing features

  • Topic A:     Saving workbooks as Web pages

  • Topic B:     Using hyperlinks

  • Topic C:     Sharing workbooks

Documenting and auditing

  • Topic A:      Auditing features

  • Topic B:      Comments in cells and workbooks

  • Topic C:      Protection

  • Topic D:      Workgroup collaboration

Templates and settings

  • Topic A:      Changing application settings

  • Topic B:      Working with templates


Students taking this course should be comfortable using a personal computer and Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, or preferably Windows 7. Students should have some experience using Microsoft Excel. Students will get the most out of this course if their goal is to become proficient in such tasks as consolidating data, using advanced chart formatting options, sorting and filtering data, using special formatting options, using templates, using error tracing features, protecting worksheets, and linking worksheets and workbooks.


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: