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Excel 2007: Advanced Formatting Techniques

with Dennis Taylor

Video: Welcome

Simple and powerful techniques for making data readable and understandable, including keyboard shortcuts and tips for smoother formatting.
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  1. 2m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 32s
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 29m 32s
    1. Working with the Numeric Formatting options
      6m 40s
    2. Learning the important formatting keystroke shortcuts
      5m 25s
    3. Setting special formats for dates, times, phone numbers, fractions, etc.
      5m 41s
    4. Building custom numeric formats
      6m 29s
    5. Building custom date formats
      5m 17s
  3. 24m 16s
    1. Applying and adjusting fonts and font colors
      3m 25s
    2. Adding custom formats with font color variations
      3m 15s
    3. Applying underline, strikethrough, subscript, and superscript formatting
      5m 26s
    4. Applying border styles and adjusting gridlines
      7m 10s
    5. Using fill color and patterns for cell backgrounds
      5m 0s
  4. 17m 46s
    1. Adjusting horizontal and vertical cell alignment
      3m 40s
    2. Creating angled text variations for greater variety and readability
      3m 13s
    3. Indenting data and dollar signs
      2m 27s
    4. Simplifying title adjustments with the versatile Merge and Center commands
      3m 16s
    5. Controlling titles and headings with the Wrap Text and Shrink to Fit options
      5m 10s
  5. 19m 56s
    1. Using the multipurpose Format Cells dialog box and the pop-up mini-toolbar
      4m 9s
    2. Applying different formatting styles within the same cell
      3m 23s
    3. Copying formats quickly with dragging techniques and the Format Painter
      5m 55s
    4. Formatting text from Word or the web with the Justify feature
      4m 51s
    5. Adding a background image to a worksheet
      1m 38s
  6. 21m 38s
    1. Adjusting single and multiple row heights and column widths without commands
      7m 0s
    2. Working with rows, columns, and sheets
      7m 26s
    3. Working with the Hide/Unhide options
      7m 12s
  7. 8m 5s
    1. Setting up data for outlining
      5m 40s
    2. Using outlining symbols and levels
      2m 25s
  8. 22m 31s
    1. Converting data into a table and reformatting
      6m 25s
    2. Applying combinations of formats for selected cells
      2m 56s
    3. Setting themes for workbook-wide adjustments of colors, fonts, and effects
      2m 44s
    4. Understanding the options in Shape formatting
      4m 9s
    5. Fine-tuning shape effects
      3m 46s
    6. Learning the WordArt essentials for titles and headings
      2m 31s
  9. 7m 44s
    1. Converting a chart to a picture and adding new images
      2m 55s
    2. Applying picture styles in a flash for added flair
      2m 19s
    3. Applying picture shapes and borders
      2m 30s
  10. 14m 14s
    1. Creating value-based formatting using logical operators
      4m 11s
    2. Creating value-based formatting using data bars and color scales
      5m 0s
    3. Creating formats based on formulas
      5m 3s
  11. 20m 20s
    1. Hiding repeating titles in a column to clarify printed output
      3m 39s
    2. Restoring missing title data in a column
      4m 21s
    3. Displaying large values without using formulas
      4m 12s
    4. Creating Elbow formatting to show row/column headings in the same cell
      3m 6s
    5. Removing the hyperlink attribute from multiple cells
      2m 41s
    6. Formatting a list for double-spaced printing
      2m 21s
  12. 16s
    1. Goodbye

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Excel 2007: Advanced Formatting Techniques
Video Duration: 0s 3h 8m Intermediate


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Making important information presentable is what sets successful business reports and presentations apart from staid, unintelligible data. In Excel 2007: Advanced Formatting Techniques, author Dennis Taylor shares simple and powerful tips for making information readable and understandable, including automation techniques that take the drudgery out of formatting even the largest amounts of data. This course covers techniques for accentuating and emphasizing specific cells and adding style and readability to worksheets. Exercise files accompany this course.

Topics include:
  • Saving time with keyboard shortcuts
  • Adjusting fonts, cell borders, and fills
  • Setting themes
  • Formatting numeric data with cell formats
  • Using the Conditional Formatting feature
  • Hiding repeating column information
  • Printing double-spaced data
  • Elbow formatting


(Music playing.) Hi! I am Dennis Taylor, and I'm pleased to present Excel 2007. When you're working with Excel, using either spreadsheet or database-like data, there is no question that appearances count. If you're preparing data for that all-important meeting or that printed quarterly report, a dull, lifeless display won't get the attention it deserves. To accentuate and emphasize specific cells, and to add flair and pizzazz your worksheets, you need to know the scope of Excel's formatting features, and the quickest and best ways to get to them.

In this course, I'll explore not only widely used formatting features, but also give you timesaving keystroke shortcuts and show you those features that enhance the appearance of worksheets, giving them wide visual appeal, as well as making them clearer and easier to understand. I'll sure you the best ways to apply numeric formatting, used built-in formats for phone numbers, Social Security numbers, dates, and other data types, so you can eliminate any doubt about what your data means. I'll also explain how to use the powerful conditional formatting feature for dynamic visual effects, and some specialized techniques, like Elbow formatting, hiding repeating column information, and a cool two-step process for printing data double-spaced.

Excel isn't just for numbers; It's an important business tool to present information in a clear, and even interesting way. Let me show you how, in Excel 2007.

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