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Excel 2003 Essential Training

with Mark Swift

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Let's take a walkabout and discuss moving around your spreadsheet. Navigating your spreadsheet using the keyboard and mouse is fairly intuitive and very easy, although there are some shortcut keys that'll make it even easier. You saw me in a previous lesson jump from screen to screen to screen, to show you the size and the breadth of a spreadsheet. Let me show you how to do that. The first and most obvious way of moving your active cell, and that's what this area is referred to, this bold highlighted cell and more importantly the cell that's named here is your active cell. You can only have one active cell, or an active range, which we'll talk about in a moment. The most obvious way of moving that active cell would be to click on a different cell. Now D5 is active or B12. Another way that you can move your active cell is to use your arrow keys on the keyboard. So if I press Up, I move to B11. Up, up, up, and move to B8. I can move left and right, down. That's your four arrow keys. I can also use the Page Up and Page Down key. If I use Page Down right now, I'll move down a complete page from where I am. Again I tap Page Down and move down another page from where I am. So it's moving a page at a time. As I said before that's approximately 36 rows at a time based on my current display. If I use the Alt button that will move me to the right. That's how I was able to go from A to L, M to X, and continue Y to AJ. You notice when it runs out of letters in the alphabet, it simply doubles up. So once it goes A through Z, you'll see AA, AB, AC. If I continue to move to the right, BI, BJ, BK and so on as it uses up the letters of the alphabet to a maximum of 256, which is IV. If I want to return to A1, I can get there at any time by using the Control+Home feature and if you activate the scroll lock key, now I have to admit to you, this is one of the first times I've truly had a use for the scroll lock key. If I tap the scroll lock key, I can use the arrow keys to move my position without moving my active cell. You notice that the A1 up here in the Name Box is still indicating that my active cell is cell A1. I could also go down a ways if I wish. So I'm moving my view without moving the active cell. To return to your active cell at any time regardless of where it is, you can use the Control+Backspace key.
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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.

Subject:
Business
Software:
Excel
Author:
Mark Swift

Moving around

Let's take a walkabout and discuss moving around your spreadsheet. Navigating your spreadsheet using the keyboard and mouse is fairly intuitive and very easy, although there are some shortcut keys that'll make it even easier. You saw me in a previous lesson jump from screen to screen to screen, to show you the size and the breadth of a spreadsheet. Let me show you how to do that. The first and most obvious way of moving your active cell, and that's what this area is referred to, this bold highlighted cell and more importantly the cell that's named here is your active cell. You can only have one active cell, or an active range, which we'll talk about in a moment. The most obvious way of moving that active cell would be to click on a different cell. Now D5 is active or B12. Another way that you can move your active cell is to use your arrow keys on the keyboard. So if I press Up, I move to B11. Up, up, up, and move to B8. I can move left and right, down. That's your four arrow keys. I can also use the Page Up and Page Down key. If I use Page Down right now, I'll move down a complete page from where I am. Again I tap Page Down and move down another page from where I am. So it's moving a page at a time. As I said before that's approximately 36 rows at a time based on my current display. If I use the Alt button that will move me to the right. That's how I was able to go from A to L, M to X, and continue Y to AJ. You notice when it runs out of letters in the alphabet, it simply doubles up. So once it goes A through Z, you'll see AA, AB, AC. If I continue to move to the right, BI, BJ, BK and so on as it uses up the letters of the alphabet to a maximum of 256, which is IV. If I want to return to A1, I can get there at any time by using the Control+Home feature and if you activate the scroll lock key, now I have to admit to you, this is one of the first times I've truly had a use for the scroll lock key. If I tap the scroll lock key, I can use the arrow keys to move my position without moving my active cell. You notice that the A1 up here in the Name Box is still indicating that my active cell is cell A1. I could also go down a ways if I wish. So I'm moving my view without moving the active cell. To return to your active cell at any time regardless of where it is, you can use the Control+Backspace key.

Control+Backspace will display the active cell or active range, and that active range might be down in the thousands and over to DA, and you might want to look at A1, so you can use your Control+ Home function to get back there, and then when you want to return to your active space, you can use the Control+Backspace to do that. That's a quick look at the keys and the tools that you use to navigate around your worksheet. Let's talk about selecting ranges. To do this I'm going to have you open a file and you'll find in your students folders, go to File > Open, and on my Desktop, I've copied the Student Files from the CD to my Desktop. You may be able to do the same and in 01 Getting Started, I've got a file called Quarterly_Sales. When we open up Quarterly_Sales, it's a very, very simple spreadsheet. You notice that the task pane disappeared when I opened the spreadsheet. The task pane isn't there to get in your way. It's there to help you. If it was closed when this file was created, it'll close when this file opens, and often if you're not using the task pane, it'll simply close to give you more screen real estate. Very handy little feature. So here we are with a very, very simple spreadsheet that describes some very common data. We have four divisions and four quarters and some numbers that may represent financials. We don't know yet. If I want to select information in the spreadsheet, I can do that by simply clicking on a cell and there you can see in the Formula bar that the value in the cell is 22190. I can use the arrow keys to change cells. Sorry I still have my scroll lock on. There we go. I'm moving my active cell to a different cell now. Or I can select a number of cells by clicking and dragging. This selection is called a Range. I've now selected a range of cells. I can still only have one active cell and that is C2, denoted by the light color as well as the C2 in the Name Box. But this is now my range of cells and if I start applying any formatting or making any changes to the font or if I simply want to do some drastic numerical changes right across the board, I can do that with this selected range. This is called a contiguous selection, meaning that all the cells were side by each and I could do it with a single click and drag. If I wanted select a range of cells that were noncontiguous, for example I can go here to B2, click and drag down to B5. I can use the Control key and then click and drag D2 through D5, and I've now selected two separate ranges of cells that I can manipulate. That is a noncontiguous selection and according to Windows standards it's simply holding down the Control key to do that. The Control key will allow me to select ranges that, single cells. I can even select cells on another spreadsheet. I don't have anything on Sheet 2 right now, but if I click that tab it opens up a completely new spreadsheet, and I can hold down the Control key and I can select more cells here. You'll note also that I've selected A1 because it was the currently active cell when I held down the Control key it added that my selection. If I go back to Sheet 1, I've got all those cells selected. Sheet 2, I've got those cells selected and unfortunately it keeps your selections separate from sheet to sheet, so it's really not important for me to have the Control key held down on Sheet 2 until I start making a noncontiguous selection, and another drawback of making selections in Microsoft Excel is that you can't deselect anything without canceling your entire selection. For example Windows conventions dictate that I could hold the Control key down and simply click on A1 to eliminate that from my selection, and although his white right now, if I click away from it, you can see that it's still selected. So the only way for me to remove my selection is to click somewhere else without holding down any keys. Now I've got a single cell selected again, but my selections or deselections on Sheet 2 hasn't affected Sheet 1 at all. So making a multi-sheet selection is very easy. The other way to select data is to use the Edit > Go To box and you can put in a specific cell reference like you would in the Name Box, or you can click on the Special button, and when you do you'll see that you can go to or select certain types of data. For example, we can select all of the comments within our file, and we haven't talked about comments yet, so just trust me and hold on to that thought. Constants, these are particular types of values within a formula. We could select certain types of Formulas: Number Formulas or Text Formulas. We'll talk with those in a future lesson as well. We could select the blank spaces that are contained within our sheets or list. And a number of other things that will become apparent and useful as we move forward and learn more about Microsoft Excel.

Well that's a quick look at navigating a spreadsheet, moving around using your keys, your mouse, and some special menu features. Hopefully that'll be exceptionally useful later once you're a pro.

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