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What's changed in Excel 2007?

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When you open Excel 2007 for the first time, the changes are right there in front of you. For those of you that have been used using Excel in the past, You'll see that the interface is completely different. No longer are you hunting and pecking through menus to find the commands you want, we now have a ribbon at the top that organizes the commands and information in logical areas. For you brand new users to Excel, you're going to find this a very easy interface to work with. We'll explore this information in detail in further movies. Another nice thing about the new Excel environment, is the ability for you to gather more information. I'm just going to type in a1000000 in my little are here, and hit the Enter key. And this takes me down to the one millionth row in the Excel spreadsheet.

What's changed in Excel 2007?

When you open Excel 2007 for the first time, the changes are right there in front of you. For those of you that have been used using Excel in the past, You'll see that the interface is completely different. No longer are you hunting and pecking through menus to find the commands you want, we now have a ribbon at the top that organizes the commands and information in logical areas. For you brand new users to Excel, you're going to find this a very easy interface to work with. We'll explore this information in detail in further movies. Another nice thing about the new Excel environment, is the ability for you to gather more information. I'm just going to type in a1000000 in my little are here, and hit the Enter key. And this takes me down to the one millionth row in the Excel spreadsheet.

If we peek down a little bit further, you'll see that there's even more than one million rows of data that you can handle. The other nice thing is that it also will take you to 16,000 columns. So if you multiply those together, you've got one huge spreadsheet for you to be able to put data in. Don't worry, you're never going to have that much data to analyze at one time. Another nice thing about this new 2007 Excel spreadsheet, is the ability to quickly format your cells using style gallaries. I'm just going to take a look over here, after I remove my filtering, to this styles area, and I'm going to select Format as a Table.

I quickly select the area of my table that I'm interested in creating a new look and feel for, click on the Format, and I'm given a huge array of different looks and feels that I can choose from. Let's say I want to get very creative with my look and feel, and I like the red style. I simply hover over it, click once, ensure that my information is the area that I want to work with, click OK, and all of a sudden the new look and feel is applied to my table. Pretty easy, isn't it? If I'm not too keen on the color, I can simply hover over each of these to see all the different looks and feels I can work with. Again, we'll get into more detail on how to do this in subsequent movies. Another nice thing about this new version of Excel is the ability to create professional looking charts.

And I'm just going to give you a little taste of that kind of information by clicking over onto a new report format and displaying that for you there. This is very, very easy to do. And we'll be exploring how to do this in subsequent movies as well. The ability to create pivot tables was more of a challenge than anything, in previous versions of Excel. The way that you organize your data and capture your data, is not necessarily the way that you want to present and analyze your data. The use of pivot tables in Excel's 2007, is an easy way to do just that. What you can do is you can take your information that's displayed, as in the tabular format that we see here, and easily create a pivot table which summarizes and displays the information in a very readable format.

This is something that's very easy to do in 2007, and we'll be exploring that in a movie later on. If we go back to our source data screen, another nice thing about the 2007 version of Excel, is the different ways that you can take a look at your information on the screen. In previous versions of Excel, and in other spreadsheet applications, it took a long time to see what the information that you're seeing here looked like in a printable format. Down at the bottom of the screen, you have a new view, which is called Page Layout, and if I click on that, it changes my screen to present to me how this information is going to be displayed on a page. I can also go into the areas, and change the information for my headers and footers very, very easily on the screen.

So instead of having to go and hunt for my layouts or my page headers and footers and titles, I can change this information right here. So it really does give a novice user, for those of you that her brand new, the ability to see exactly what you're going to be presenting, and change it right then and there. So it's a very, very easy to use format in the new application. If I move back to our regular workflow page, I can also identify trends in my spreadsheet here by using what's called Conditional Formatting. And this is something also that's new in Excel 2007.

I simply highlight the area that I would like to use the conditional formatting in, click on the Conditional Formatting screen, and choose from the list there of what I'd like to show. Let's say I'd want to identify the top 10 items in this particular list, and I don't want to have to sort alphabetically, I want to present them in this area. But I want to be able to highlight them for anyone looking at my spreadsheet, or perhaps printing it out. I simply select the Top/Bottom Rules list, I click Top 10 Items. It identifies again, how I want to present them.

DO I want to highlight them in red? Or would I like to highlight them in green, with dark green text? I get to see right here behind me, what it's going to look like when I make my selection. I think the dark green doesn't highlight it quite as much as I want; I think I want to put it in red text. Click OK, and it goes through the selected area, and identifies the top 10 items, or the highest ranking items in this particular area. So that's conditional formatting and see how easy it is to take your information and highlight it, and then go in to present it with two other people who may be using the same spreadsheet. Those are just a few things that have changed in Excel 2007.

In our next movie, we're going to take a look at the most obvious, or the biggest change in Excel 2007, and that's the user interface, and the ribbon.

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  1. 36s
    1. Welcome
      36s
  2. 10m 57s
    1. Why use a spreadsheet?
      1m 44s
    2. What's changed in Excel 2007?
      5m 37s
    3. The Ribbon
      2m 9s
    4. The Microsoft Office Button
      1m 27s
  3. 12m 10s
    1. What's on the Ribbon?
      1m 56s
    2. Making your way around the Ribbon
      2m 12s
    3. Customizing the Ribbon
      3m 8s
    4. Customizing the Microsoft Office Button
      4m 54s
  4. 16m 15s
    1. Opening old worksheets
      2m 24s
    2. Adding and deleting worksheets
      3m 18s
    3. Inserting and deleting cells
      6m 53s
    4. Freezing areas of a worksheet
      3m 40s
  5. 20m 51s
    1. Width and height
      7m 25s
    2. Numeric formats
      2m 21s
    3. Alignment of data
      3m 19s
    4. Playing with fonts
      2m 58s
    5. AutoFilter
      2m 21s
    6. Formatting as a table
      2m 27s
  6. 21m 31s
    1. Removing duplicates
      6m 1s
    2. What is Conditional Formatting?
      2m 21s
    3. Working with Conditional Formatting
      2m 14s
    4. Managing Conditional Formatting rule preferences
      2m 39s
    5. Converting text to columns
      4m 35s
    6. Data validation
      3m 41s
  7. 10m 56s
    1. Templates
      3m 45s
    2. Styles
      3m 35s
    3. AutoFormat
      3m 36s
  8. 12m 16s
    1. Excel lists have now become tables
      2m 34s
    2. Converting text to columns
      3m 11s
    3. Sorting and Grouping
      5m 9s
    4. Creating a summary report
      1m 22s
  9. 6m 44s
    1. Proofing your work
      3m 31s
    2. Providing comments on worksheets
      3m 13s
  10. 11m 43s
    1. Protecting and sharing a worksheet
      3m 57s
    2. Allowing others to edit ranges
      4m 3s
    3. Track Changes
      3m 43s
  11. 22m 43s
    1. Preparing to print
      2m 31s
    2. Print Preview
      3m 33s
    3. The Page Layout Tab
      3m 56s
    4. Page Breaks
      4m 36s
    5. The Page Layout View
      3m 54s
    6. Headers and Footers
      4m 13s
  12. 22m 34s
    1. Adding themes to your worksheet
      2m 53s
    2. Page setup options
      8m 0s
    3. Scale to Fit
      2m 26s
    4. Worksheet options
      5m 29s
    5. Inserting images
      3m 46s
  13. 3m 50s
    1. Using templates
      3m 50s
  14. 17m 48s
    1. Workbook Views
      2m 53s
    2. Hiding and Zooming
      3m 44s
    3. Window Panes
      5m 31s
    4. More screen options
      5m 40s
  15. 8m 16s
    1. Importing from Access
      2m 24s
    2. Using the Import Wizard for text files
      5m 52s
  16. 11m 23s
    1. The Find and Select button
      4m 34s
    2. Find and Replace
      2m 48s
    3. Removing duplicates
      4m 1s
  17. 17m 3s
    1. What are formulas?
      3m 20s
    2. Order of Operations
      2m 50s
    3. Relative and absolute referencing
      4m 54s
    4. The new Formula Tab
      5m 59s
  18. 17m 29s
    1. What are Functions?
      2m 57s
    2. AutoSum
      2m 47s
    3. Minimum
      3m 55s
    4. Trim
      5m 2s
    5. Left
      2m 48s
  19. 19m 51s
    1. Concatenation
      4m 10s
    2. SumIf
      4m 23s
    3. Lookup
      7m 25s
    4. What-If Analysis
      3m 53s
  20. 16m 44s
    1. Why create a chart?
      2m 12s
    2. Creating your chart
      3m 37s
    3. Modifying your chart
      6m 46s
    4. Laying out your chart
      4m 9s
  21. 17m 23s
    1. What are PivotTable reports and PivotChart reports?
      2m 32s
    2. Creating a PivotTable
      4m 47s
    3. Laying out your PivotTable
      2m 30s
    4. Designing your PivotTable
      4m 9s
    5. Creating a PivotChart
      3m 25s
  22. 8m 57s
    1. Why use macros?
      2m 14s
    2. Creating a macro
      4m 31s
    3. Macro security
      2m 12s
  23. 5m 36s
    1. Reviewing a workflow in Excel
      5m 36s
  24. 22s
    1. Conclusion
      22s

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