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10 essential Excel basics to know

December 26, 2016

if you have some time off during the holidays and are planning on improving your skills for your current (or future) job, these are the 10 basics you need to know:

  1. How to enter basic formulas and calculations
  2. Add up a column or row of cells
  3. Absolute and relative references
  4. Rounding numbers
  5. Scale your spreadsheet to fit on one page when printing
  6. Print a spreadsheet with page numbers (and knowing footers with dates, sheet name, file name)
  7. Freeze or lock rows and columns in
  8. How to use the IF function in Excel to calculate values based on different criteria
  9. How to use Autofilter in Excel
  10. How to create a Pivot Table – this is an intermediate function that is required more and more in the workforce – indicating knowledge of this topic on your resume  is more than slightly helpful!

There more than a few references on the internet on how to do any or all of these – if, like most people, you desire hands on tutoring, find someone to help or take a class – either in continuing education or at a local college.

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