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Using the built-in help

From: Excel 2013 Essential Training

Video: Using the built-in help

There's no question that when you're using Excel at different times, you will need help. Keep in mind again as you slide over one of the many icons in the Ribbon, for example, "Conditional Formatting" here, you do get a quick description of what that feature is about. Sometimes, these are very small, but at other times they're more extensive. For example, on the Data Tab, if you were to click the Data Tab in the ribbon, Text to Columns may not mean a whole a lot, but when you read this, perhaps it means more. Notice also, that you will see, as we see here a choice, "Tell me more" and you will get the Help screen here too.

Using the built-in help

There's no question that when you're using Excel at different times, you will need help. Keep in mind again as you slide over one of the many icons in the Ribbon, for example, "Conditional Formatting" here, you do get a quick description of what that feature is about. Sometimes, these are very small, but at other times they're more extensive. For example, on the Data Tab, if you were to click the Data Tab in the ribbon, Text to Columns may not mean a whole a lot, but when you read this, perhaps it means more. Notice also, that you will see, as we see here a choice, "Tell me more" and you will get the Help screen here too.

Sometimes, the Help screens lead you into multiple other choices, you can click there. "Do I want to do this?" Maybe/Maybe not, I'm not sure what that means. This could be very useful you might want to print this. We can see, by way of the ribbon, we can easily get to some Help features. Also, available in the upper right-hand corner of a worksheet, you will see the question mark and recognize also that it has a Keystroke Shortcut--the traditional F1 key meaning Help. Throughout Microsoft products and many, many other software products as well, the F1 key means Help.

It does here, as well as the question mark. This leads us into the Excel Help screen. While you're here, you'll also see a lot of other tips here as well. Maybe we've done some of these searches or maybe we're interested in some of the more popular searches. If it's a completely different feature than the ones we see here, we might want to type in something. For example, we might be saying, "Well, I've heard about charts, let's find out about a chart". "What does that mean exactly and how can I create one?" We can type that in and either press Enter or click the magnifying glass and possibly, this will lead us into online help if we're logged on, or maybe get some information right on our screen, even if we're working while we're not online.

There are a lot of ways to get Help as you work with Excel. Recognize also that the more you work with Excel, the more you become attuned to shortcuts. Particularly, on the Home Tab, recognize that as you slide over certain icons, for example, B for Bold, there's a Keystroke Shortcut listed there, it's Control+ B. There's one for Italics--Control+I-- and Underline--Control+U--and so on. Not every feature has a Keystroke Shortcut, but learn to discover those and make note of them. Here's Find and Select.

What's that one all about? You could click there, there's Find, maybe I want to use that later. Oh yeah, there's a Keystroke Shortcut, Ctrl+F, as we slide over Find or Ctrl+H for Replace. Some of these are not exactly obvious. The Excel Help System is extensive, you can get to it at any time with the F1 key or the question mark in the upper right-hand corner or as we saw with certain features--as on the Data Tab with Text to Columns--the "Tell Me More" option as well; one more way to use the extensive Help system in Excel.

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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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