Advanced Microsoft Excel Course

Demystify some of the most complex business relevant areas of Microsoft Excel. 

With 160 videos and extensive practice exercises in VBA, Macros and Pivot Tables you will be able to use the most hard to grasp Excel functions in no time. 

Our CPD certified online course in Advanced Excel covers what-you-need-to-know-in-business rather than what-Excel-can-do.

 

 

Highlights

This course covers:

  • Using advanced graphs and presentation techniques to maximise impact
  • How macros and VBA automate your spreadsheets and increase interactivity
  • How superpower functions can solve complex problems
  • Using PivotTables and PowerPivots to turn raw data into clear information that supports key decisions

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Section 1: Design and Risk

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Unit 1.1 - Templates

Get a head start with templates ● Set up an Excel template that will save you an hour each time you create a new workbook ● Create new default workbook and worksheet templates ● Learn how modular templates can make your spreadsheets more consistent and much quicker to set up ● Your Excel, your way: customise the Excel interface to put the tools that you need at your fingertips

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Unit 1.2 - Efficiency and Risk

Make spreadsheets more efficient and less risky ● How to build in checks and controls from the outset ● Key techniques that reduce risk and increase automation and efficiency ● Introduce standards to help your team ● Documentation and review tools

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Unit 1.3 - Data Validation

Extended uses of Data Validation ● Working with validation formulae ● Lists and lists that depend on other list selections ● Other methods of tracking down invalid entries

Section 2: Advanced Techniques

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Unit 2.1 - Functions and Superpowers

Functions with superpowers ● Finding the right functions and how they work ● Functions with hidden powers – MOD() for patterns, OFFSET() for simple choices, INDIRECT() to manipulate formulae ● Making references to ranges of cells adapt automatically for new data

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Unit 2.2 - Array Formulae

Array formulae ● One formula, one million calculations ● SUMPRODUCT() - all the gain of an array formula with less of the pain

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Unit 2.3 - Tables

Tables – structure comes to Excel ● Why Tables are so much more than just a new format ● Make your spreadsheets more automatic with a single command ● Table formulae – instant readability ● Data tools in Tables ● It’s not all good

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Unit 2.4 - Advanced Range Names

Advanced Range Names ● Use the same name on different sheets ● Using the Name Manager ● Names in formulae – efficient inclusion of Names, the use of intersections ● Formulae in Names – how to allocate a formula directly to a Range Name and why you might need to

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Unit 2.5 - What If?

Using Excel to help you make decisions ● Use Goal Seek to find where you need to start to get where you need to go ● Use an Excel Data Table to calculate dozens of possible outcomes ● Create and manage alternative scenarios ● Make more profit or incur less expense by using Excel Solver to identify the best solution

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Unit 2.6 - Problem Solving

Problem solving ● Calculations that make decisions – understanding TRUE ad FALSE ● What Boolean Logic is and why it’s useful in practice ● combining logic and arrays to solve complex problems ● Practical examples

Section 3: Excel Interactivity

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Unit 3.1 - Form Controls

Use Form controls to make life easier for users ● Use a Spin Button to choose a value easily ● Use an Option Button to choose with a single click ● Choosing from lists

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Unit 3.2 - Visual Basic and Macros

Create macros by writing Visual Basic code ● A macro that performs one or more actions on selected cells ● Write your own Excel functions with VB code ● Understanding volatile functions ● Trigger a macro when a particular cell is changed ● Handling errors elegantly

Section 4: Spreadsheet Impact

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Unit 4.1 - Practical Interactivity with VBA

Exchanging information with VB code ● Displaying a Message box ● Asking for user input using an Input box ● Create an Excel form with a List box containing values from a range of cells ● Sample VB projects: an automatic index to sheets, printing selected ranges ● Avoiding macros when they’re not really necessary

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Unit 4.2 - Conditional Formatting

Conditional Formatting – beyond simple Conditional Formats ● Basing conditions on a formula and deciding whether a batsman is out or not ● Choose currency symbols for a whole sheet by changing a single cell ● Getting your rules in the right order and knowing when to stop ● Graphical Conditional Formats – the detailed options ● Using invisibility to your advantage

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Unit 4.3 - Charts that Inspire

Create charts to inspire ● What makes a good chart – is it really a 6.5 cucumbers? ● Simple steps to make your charts clearer ● Why small can be better than large ● Are pie charts evil? ● Why 3D charts can be 50% worse ● Mixed chart types, trendlines and projections ● Advanced chart techniques: break-even lines and waterfall charts ● Pictures in chart columns

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Unit 4.4 - Sparklines

In-cell charts – showing 12 times as much information in the same amount of space ● Careful with that Axis ● The different types of Sparkline: lines, columns and win loss ● Sparklines based on a dynamic data range

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Unit 4.5 - Graphics Tricks and Techniques

Further graphics tips and techniques ● Taking dynamic pictures with the Excel camera ● Use the Excel camera to combine areas from multiple sheets on the same sheet of paper ● Formatting Excel Camera pictures ● Power View – using the Excel 2013 data visualisation add-in including plotting values on maps and ‘playing’ bubble charts

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Unit 4.6 - Working with External Data

Understanding Data Structures ● Microsoft Query: From Database to Spreadsheet ● Data Model

Section 5: Turning Data into Decisions

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Unit 5.1 - Working with External Data

Getting at your data using the Get External Data tools ● Understand relational databases in 10 minutes and liberate your data ● Excel 2013 Data Model create relationships within Excel

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Unit 5.2 - Advanced Uses of PivotTables

Use advanced PivotTable techniques to do more with your data ● Calculated Fields and Calculated items ● Using PivotTables as the calculation engine behind management reports ● Using GETPIVOTDATA() and CUBE formulae to create flexible reports ● Excel 2010 and 2013 Slicers and Timelines - make your PivotTables more interactive ● Working with Pivot Charts ● Building and interactive dashboard using PivotTables and Slicers

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Unit 5.3 - PowerPivot

The Excel 2010 and 2013 Power Pivot add-in ● PowerPivot data tools ● Calculations in Power Pivot – an introduction to Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) ● DAX in table columns ● DAX to create new measures and calculated fields ● Understanding advanced DAX expressions – functions that combine calculations and database techniques ● the Time Intelligence DAX functions – why you need a table containing all possible dates

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Unit 5.4 - Reporting with PowerPivot

Creating powerful reports with PowerPivot ● Hierarchies, Perspectives and Sets ● Adding Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to a Power Pivot report ● Creating CUBE formulae to report on your data in just the way you want to ● Use all these techniques to turn millions of rows of data into a dashboard that supports better decisions

Section 1: Design and Risk

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Unit 1.1 - Templates

Get a head start with templates ● Set up an Excel template that will save you an hour each time you create a new workbook ● Create new default workbook and worksheet templates ● Learn how modular templates can make your spreadsheets more consistent and much quicker to set up ● Your Excel, your way: customise the Excel interface to put the tools that you need at your fingertips

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Unit 1.2 - Efficiency and Risk

Make spreadsheets more efficient and less risky ● How to build in checks and controls from the outset ● Key techniques that reduce risk and increase automation and efficiency ● Introduce standards to help your team ● Documentation and review tools

directright

Unit 1.3 - Data Validation

Extended uses of Data Validation ● Working with validation formulae ● Lists and lists that depend on other list selections ● Other methods of tracking down invalid entries

Section 2: Advanced Techniques

directright

Unit 2.1 - Functions and Superpowers

Functions with superpowers ● Finding the right functions and how they work ● Functions with hidden powers – MOD() for patterns, OFFSET() for simple choices, INDIRECT() to manipulate formulae ● Making references to ranges of cells adapt automatically for new data

directright

Unit 2.2 - Array Formulae

Array formulae ● One formula, one million calculations ● SUMPRODUCT() - all the gain of an array formula with less of the pain

directright

Unit 2.3 - Tables

Tables – structure comes to Excel ● Why Tables are so much more than just a new format ● Make your spreadsheets more automatic with a single command ● Table formulae – instant readability ● Data tools in Tables ● It’s not all good

directright

Unit 2.4 - Advanced Range Names

Advanced Range Names ● Use the same name on different sheets ● Using the Name Manager ● Names in formulae – efficient inclusion of Names, the use of intersections ● Formulae in Names – how to allocate a formula directly to a Range Name and why you might need to

directright

Unit 2.5 - What If?

Using Excel to help you make decisions ● Use Goal Seek to find where you need to start to get where you need to go ● Use an Excel Data Table to calculate dozens of possible outcomes ● Create and manage alternative scenarios ● Make more profit or incur less expense by using Excel Solver to identify the best solution

directright

Unit 2.6 - Problem Solving?

Problem solving ● Calculations that make decisions – understanding TRUE ad FALSE ● What Boolean Logic is and why it’s useful in practice ● combining logic and arrays to solve complex problems ● Practical examples

Section 3: Excel Interactivity

directright

Unit 3.1 - Form Controls

Use Form controls to make life easier for users ● Use a Spin Button to choose a value easily ● Use an Option Button to choose with a single click ● Choosing from lists

directright

Unit 3.2 - Visual Basic and Macros

Create macros by writing Visual Basic code ● A macro that performs one or more actions on selected cells ● Write your own Excel functions with VB code ● Understanding volatile functions ● Trigger a macro when a particular cell is changed ● Handling errors elegantly

Section 4: Spreadsheet Impact

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Unit 4.1 - Practical Interactivity with VBA

Exchanging information with VB code ● Displaying a Message box ● Asking for user input using an Input box ● Create an Excel form with a List box containing values from a range of cells ● Sample VB projects: an automatic index to sheets, printing selected ranges ● Avoiding macros when they’re not really necessary

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Unit 4.2 - Conditional Formatting

Conditional Formatting – beyond simple Conditional Formats ● Basing conditions on a formula and deciding whether a batsman is out or not ● Choose currency symbols for a whole sheet by changing a single cell ● Getting your rules in the right order and knowing when to stop ● Graphical Conditional Formats – the detailed options ● Using invisibility to your advantage

directright

Unit 4.3 - Charts that Inspire

Create charts to inspire ● What makes a good chart – is it really a 6.5 cucumbers? ● Simple steps to make your charts clearer ● Why small can be better than large ● Are pie charts evil? ● Why 3D charts can be 50% worse ● Mixed chart types, trendlines and projections ● Advanced chart techniques: break-even lines and waterfall charts ● Pictures in chart columns

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Unit 4.4 - Sparklines

In-cell charts – showing 12 times as much information in the same amount of space ● Careful with that Axis ● The different types of Sparkline: lines, columns and win loss ● Sparklines based on a dynamic data range

directright

Unit 4.5 - Graphics Tricks and Techniques

Further graphics tips and techniques ● Taking dynamic pictures with the Excel camera ● Use the Excel camera to combine areas from multiple sheets on the same sheet of paper ● Formatting Excel Camera pictures ● Power View – using the Excel 2013 data visualisation add-in including plotting values on maps and ‘playing’ bubble charts

directright

Unit 4.6 - Working with External Data

Understanding Data Structures ● Microsoft Query: From Database to Spreadsheet ● Data Model

Section 5: Turning Data into Decisions

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Unit 5.1 - Advanced Uses of PivotTables

Use advanced PivotTable techniques to do more with your data ● Calculated Fields and Calculated items ● Using PivotTables as the calculation engine behind management reports ● Using GETPIVOTDATA() and CUBE formulae to create flexible reports ● Excel 2010 and 2013 Slicers and Timelines - make your PivotTables more interactive ● Working with Pivot Charts ● Building and interactive dashboard using PivotTables and Slicers

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Unit 5.2 - PowerPivot

The Excel 2010 and 2013 Power Pivot add-in ● PowerPivot data tools ● Calculations in Power Pivot – an introduction to Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) ● DAX in table columns ● DAX to create new measures and calculated fields ● Understanding advanced DAX expressions – functions that combine calculations and database techniques ● the Time Intelligence DAX functions – why you need a table containing all possible dates

directright

Unit 5.3 - Reporting with PowerPivot

Creating powerful reports with PowerPivot ● Hierarchies, Perspectives and Sets ● Adding Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to a Power Pivot report ● Creating CUBE formulae to report on your data in just the way you want to ● Use all these techniques to turn millions of rows of data into a dashboard that supports better decisions

Pricing

Pricing is for 12 months access.

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Requirements

Software:

  • Required: Microsoft Excel
  • Suggested: None

Completion Time: 27 hours (average)

About the Author

Simon Hurst

 

Simon Hurst is a Chartered Accountant and has been involved in computer software for 26 years during which he has provided a wide range of training services to professionals of all levels. His expertise lies in all the main Microsoft applications: Access, Word, PowerPoint and Excel, about which he speaks frequently at conferences. He is also a prolific writer and published Excel author, contributing Excel articles to many websites and publications.

 

Simon has been running hands-on Excel training courses for over 20 years, dealing with all aspects of Excel from basic competence to advanced data analysis. He is able to bring these years of practical experience to our Advanced Excel course, ensuring that the course explains advanced concepts clearly and concisely, and with real, practical applications and even the occasional joke.