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Using the Status bar

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Video: Using the Status bar

The Status Bar located below the sheet tabs, at the bottom of the screen, often contains the word "Ready" in the lower left-hand corner. If you're entering a data you'll see the word Enter there, but many, many other indicators can appear in the Status Bar. Off to the right, you will see three buttons for different kinds of use, Normal, Page Layout, and Page Break Preview. To the right of that, you'll see a Zoom Slider Bar. We might want to zoom in on this worksheet to see the data large and clear that way, or may want to zoom back and see more data, although not nearly as large.

Using the Status bar

The Status Bar located below the sheet tabs, at the bottom of the screen, often contains the word "Ready" in the lower left-hand corner. If you're entering a data you'll see the word Enter there, but many, many other indicators can appear in the Status Bar. Off to the right, you will see three buttons for different kinds of use, Normal, Page Layout, and Page Break Preview. To the right of that, you'll see a Zoom Slider Bar. We might want to zoom in on this worksheet to see the data large and clear that way, or may want to zoom back and see more data, although not nearly as large.

As we do different things using Excel, other indicators might pop-up as well. I might be typing and might want to use the Caps Lock Key and I'll click it, or maybe I did that by mistake. In the lower left-hand corner, we see the term "Caps Lock". As you select the data, now, I might be interested in the revenue, the total revenue here and by clicking Column I, suddenly quite a few numbers appear at the bottom of the screen. I know immediately the total revenue here for 2012 is over $22 million and it's showing me the maximum, the minimum, account of how many entries, and the average and quite a few bits of information that I'm really interested in.

If you highlight two or more cells in Excel, you will see at the bottom of the screen some of these indicators. Although possibly, you could have turned them off. If you click with the right mouse button anywhere in the Status Bar, you will see a rather large selection of check boxes with a number of features here. You want to explore these from time to time. If you want to be notified, if you accidentally clicked the Num Lock Key, then turn that check box on. The numbers that I just referred to at the bottom of the screen here are in this section right here--do you find these valuable? You might leave them all checked and then over time say, "you know, I don't use Count very much, I don't need that".

We won't see them at the bottom of the screen as we highlight data. I'd say leave them on for awhile and then come back and explore this every so often. Think about how handy it is when you're looking in a large list here. If you know your data well enough, if there's nothing else in the column. How many items did we sell this year? We'll click column H, and we sold -- and it's kind of hard to read without commas, but how many items did we sell? 389,000 items, so it's a handy feature. The Status Bar gives us a lot of good information, and from time to time, do right-click on it and consider which of these options, which of these indicators you do want to have active.

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Excel 2013 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 6s
    1. Welcome
      43s
    2. Using the exercise files
      23s
  2. 29m 37s
    1. What is Excel used for?
      1m 49s
    2. Using the menu system
      4m 30s
    3. The Quick Access Toolbar
      4m 41s
    4. The structure of a worksheet or workbook
      3m 41s
    5. Using the Formula bar
      1m 43s
    6. Using the Status bar
      2m 24s
    7. Navigation and mouse pointers
      2m 20s
    8. Shortcut menus and the Mini toolbar
      3m 24s
    9. Using the built-in help
      2m 54s
    10. Creating new files
      2m 11s
  3. 24m 1s
    1. Exploring data entry and editing techniques
      4m 41s
    2. Entering data with AutoFill
      4m 6s
    3. Working with dates and times
      3m 32s
    4. Using Undo and Redo
      4m 50s
    5. Adding comments
      2m 55s
    6. Using Save or Save As
      3m 57s
  4. 30m 7s
    1. Creating simple formulas: Totals and averages
      5m 25s
    2. Copying a formula for adjacent cells
      2m 54s
    3. Calculating year-to-date profits
      3m 9s
    4. Creating a percentage-increase formula
      4m 7s
    5. Working with relative, absolute, and mixed references
      4m 7s
    6. Using SUM and AVERAGE
      3m 25s
    7. Using other common functions
      7m 0s
  5. 46m 7s
    1. Exploring font styles and effects
      4m 7s
    2. Adjusting row heights and column widths
      3m 37s
    3. Working with alignment and Wrap Text
      4m 2s
    4. Designing borders
      3m 26s
    5. Exploring numeric and special formatting
      5m 36s
    6. Formatting numbers and dates
      4m 31s
    7. Conditional formatting
      4m 21s
    8. Creating and using tables
      9m 59s
    9. Inserting shapes, arrows, and other visual features
      6m 28s
  6. 20m 40s
    1. Inserting and deleting rows and columns
      4m 52s
    2. Hiding and unhiding rows and columns
      4m 2s
    3. Moving, copying, and inserting data
      5m 42s
    4. Finding and replacing data
      6m 4s
  7. 17m 51s
    1. Exploring the Page Layout tab and view
      7m 20s
    2. Previewing page breaks
      4m 56s
    3. Working with Page Setup and printing controls
      5m 35s
  8. 30m 30s
    1. Creating charts
      4m 36s
    2. Exploring chart types
      7m 47s
    3. Formatting charts
      5m 42s
    4. Working with axes, labels, gridlines, and other chart elements
      5m 35s
    5. Creating in-cell charts with sparklines
      6m 50s
  9. 12m 49s
    1. Freezing and unfreezing panes
      2m 39s
    2. Splitting screens horizontally and vertically
      4m 48s
    3. Showing necessary information with the Outlining feature
      5m 22s
  10. 23m 0s
    1. Displaying multiple worksheets and workbooks
      4m 17s
    2. Renaming, inserting, and deleting sheets
      2m 23s
    3. Moving, copying, and grouping sheets
      3m 39s
    4. Using formulas to link worksheets and workbooks
      6m 1s
    5. Locating and maintaining links
      6m 40s
  11. 20m 25s
    1. Using IF functions and relational operators
      3m 43s
    2. Getting approximate table data with the VLOOKUP function
      7m 6s
    3. Getting exact table data with the VLOOKUP function
      4m 42s
    4. Using the COUNTIF family of functions
      4m 54s
  12. 23m 50s
    1. Unlocking cells and protecting worksheets
      7m 50s
    2. Protecting workbooks
      2m 40s
    3. Assigning passwords to workbooks
      4m 41s
    4. Sharing workbooks
      4m 7s
    5. Tracking changes
      4m 32s
  13. 28m 32s
    1. Sorting data
      6m 9s
    2. Inserting subtotals in a sorted list
      8m 25s
    3. Using filters
      6m 16s
    4. Splitting data into multiple columns
      5m 4s
    5. Removing duplicate records
      2m 38s
  14. 35m 2s
    1. Creating PivotTables
      8m 36s
    2. Manipulating PivotTable data
      9m 47s
    3. Grouping by date and time
      6m 0s
    4. Grouping by other factors
      2m 33s
    5. Using slicers to clarify and manipulate fields
      4m 7s
    6. Using PivotCharts
      3m 59s
  15. 23m 29s
    1. Using Goal Seek
      6m 8s
    2. Using Solver
      6m 34s
    3. Using Scenario Manager
      6m 11s
    4. Using Data Tables
      4m 36s
  16. 24m 31s
    1. Definition and examples
      6m 48s
    2. Creating a simple macro
      7m 0s
    3. Running a macro
      10m 43s
  17. 29s
    1. Next steps
      29s

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