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Excel 2003 Essential Training

with Mark Swift

Video: Getting help

And finally let's talk about getting help inside of Microsoft Excel 2003. They've added a couple of new features. One of them leverages the .net platform that Microsoft is developing quite heavily, and that is the Task Pane. We mentioned the Task pane when we were looking at the user interface and how the screen was laid out. The Task Pane, right now, when I have nothing open, nothing on my screen, it sits here ready to help me with help features. Now you can currently see that it says Office Online. That's because the computer I'm on is connected to the Internet, and Microsoft Excel knows it. So it's connected me to the online help service or server from Microsoft, This offers a lot of advantages and disadvantages. An advantage is that the online help is always going to be current, If there's any errors or additions that the Microsoft technical writers would like to add, they can add them to the online help, and the next time you search in that subject, you're simply going to benefit from those additions. The downside is that it's a little bit slower when you search for things than would be if that help was installed on your computer, and if you're connected to the Internet via a dial-up connection, it can be really slow. Let me show you exactly how you can go ahead and use the online help. If I wanted to search for the word range, that's something we've already discussed. I'll hit Enter. You notice it's indicating to me, that it's going to Microsoft Office Online, so it is accessing this information over the Internet and getting me the most current information. Now if what's come up hasn't answered my questions, or if I simply want to get faster help as they are installed my computer, I can go down here to the Search options and once I've done a simple search, I can choose to go to the offline help, and when I do, I'll enter that range again. You can see how it came up almost immediately, cause it's a very simple matter to look through an organized text file that's on your computer. I may have the same information, but the online help may be more thorough, may take advantage of articles that have been written and added to your online help service, your online help service or it may take advantage of some changes that have been made by the technical support team. I have another place that I can access help and that is up here next to my menu bar.
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  1. 15s
    1. Welcome
      15s
  2. 22m 42s
    1. Spreadsheet uses
      1m 58s
    2. Toolbars and menus
      8m 52s
    3. Moving around
      8m 1s
    4. Getting help
      3m 51s
  3. 18m 42s
    1. Opening new workbooks
      5m 13s
    2. Entering data
      6m 11s
    3. Commenting and saving
      7m 18s
  4. 17m 27s
    1. Opening worksheets
      1m 54s
    2. Add and delete worksheets
      2m 22s
    3. Insert and delete cells
      3m 45s
    4. Worksheet data
      9m 26s
  5. 35m 54s
    1. Width and height
      6m 7s
    2. Numeric formats
      6m 0s
    3. Alignment of data
      3m 42s
    4. Naming cells and ranges
      5m 47s
    5. Naming constants
      1m 51s
    6. Creating lists
      5m 47s
    7. Autofilter
      4m 13s
    8. Designated lists
      2m 27s
  6. 11m 17s
    1. Print options
      5m 50s
    2. Printing and hiding data
      1m 58s
    3. Headers and footers
      3m 29s
  7. 21m 50s
    1. Creating formulas
      6m 30s
    2. Relative and absolute
      6m 1s
    3. External references
      5m 59s
    4. Named constants
      3m 20s
  8. 7m 46s
    1. Functions
      7m 46s
  9. 19m 1s
    1. Fonts and merging
      3m 51s
    2. Rotate and indent
      1m 47s
    3. Borders
      2m 40s
    4. Shading and format painter
      2m 29s
    5. Rename and color worksheet tabs
      1m 51s
    6. Working with pictures
      6m 23s
  10. 11m 29s
    1. Templates
      3m 45s
    2. Styles
      3m 54s
    3. Autoformat
      55s
    4. Smart documents
      2m 55s
  11. 13m 12s
    1. Chart terminology
      2m 23s
    2. Chart wizard
      5m 9s
    3. Formatting charts
      3m 22s
    4. Inserting images
      1m 41s
    5. Printing charts
      37s
  12. 4m 59s
    1. File search
      1m 50s
    2. Find and replace
      3m 9s
  13. 8m 16s
    1. Import from Word
      1m 16s
    2. Delimited data
      2m 53s
    3. Import from the web
      1m 48s
    4. Exporting data
      2m 19s
  14. 7m 52s
    1. Consolidation
      5m 11s
    2. 3D formulas
      2m 41s
  15. 5m 32s
    1. Multiple panes
      1m 12s
    2. More screen options
      4m 20s
  16. 13m 34s
    1. If
      2m 21s
    2. Time
      4m 16s
    3. Date and time
      2m 13s
    4. Lookup
      4m 44s
  17. 6m 54s
    1. Compare text
      3m 26s
    2. Concatenation
      1m 47s
    3. Special characters
      1m 41s
  18. 6m 9s
    1. Pivot tables
      6m 9s
  19. 15m 57s
    1. Recording a macro
      8m 42s
    2. Macro menus
      3m 44s
    3. Global macros
      3m 31s
  20. 10s
    1. Goodbye
      10s

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Excel 2003 Essential Training with Mark Swift is a movie-based workshop for users who are new to working with spreadsheets, or those wanting to improve their skills. This workshop begins with a basic overview of the application and quickly advances to cover useful formulas, functions, techniques for enhancing spreadsheets, charts, and much more. Exercise files accompany the training, allowing you to follow along and learn at your own pace.

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Getting help

And finally let's talk about getting help inside of Microsoft Excel 2003. They've added a couple of new features. One of them leverages the .net platform that Microsoft is developing quite heavily, and that is the Task Pane. We mentioned the Task pane when we were looking at the user interface and how the screen was laid out. The Task Pane, right now, when I have nothing open, nothing on my screen, it sits here ready to help me with help features. Now you can currently see that it says Office Online. That's because the computer I'm on is connected to the Internet, and Microsoft Excel knows it. So it's connected me to the online help service or server from Microsoft, This offers a lot of advantages and disadvantages. An advantage is that the online help is always going to be current, If there's any errors or additions that the Microsoft technical writers would like to add, they can add them to the online help, and the next time you search in that subject, you're simply going to benefit from those additions. The downside is that it's a little bit slower when you search for things than would be if that help was installed on your computer, and if you're connected to the Internet via a dial-up connection, it can be really slow. Let me show you exactly how you can go ahead and use the online help. If I wanted to search for the word range, that's something we've already discussed. I'll hit Enter. You notice it's indicating to me, that it's going to Microsoft Office Online, so it is accessing this information over the Internet and getting me the most current information. Now if what's come up hasn't answered my questions, or if I simply want to get faster help as they are installed my computer, I can go down here to the Search options and once I've done a simple search, I can choose to go to the offline help, and when I do, I'll enter that range again. You can see how it came up almost immediately, cause it's a very simple matter to look through an organized text file that's on your computer. I may have the same information, but the online help may be more thorough, may take advantage of articles that have been written and added to your online help service, your online help service or it may take advantage of some changes that have been made by the technical support team. I have another place that I can access help and that is up here next to my menu bar.

If my Task Pane is closed, I can simply click here, enter the word range and again by default, because I'm connected to the Internet, it's going to Microsoft Office Online and it's searching for help on the word range. You may also have noticed, when I access the Search pane that the online help is divided into three very useful sections. I can ask for specific assistance, I can look for online training, there may be some specialized training articles that have been developed and are being delivered over the online help service, and I can also ask for Templates, rather updated templates or customized templates that may be available online. We're going to take a look at some of those later on. And last but not least, there is contextual help whether it's being offered to you here within the Task pane or while you are using a feature. For example, if I go to Format - Cells. This dialog box contains many tabs and many options and you can access contextual help by clicking up here on the ? beside the Close button. And now this Microsoft Excel Help is very specific to this dialog box. So you're getting contextual help for what you're currently looking at. And those are some the help features that are available to you inside of Microsoft Excel and outside of Microsoft Excel, if you're connected to the Internet.

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