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Excel Lesson 2: Data Entry


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This lesson builds upon the concepts that were learned in the previous Excel lesson. The topics covered include formatting of Microsoft Excel worksheets, more advanced data entry, and tools for performing simple analysis of data. The objective of the lesson is for the user to be comfortable with changing a worksheet’s page layout including page view, page breaks, and orientation; printing Excel documents; resizing worksheet columns and rows; adding styles to cells; using basic operator calculations; and analyzing data through sort and filter operations. The lesson teaches concepts through a combination of image-based slides and video tutorials.

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Excel Lesson 2: Data Entry

  1. 1. Microsoft Excel 2: Data Entry Objective: To provide an overview of Excel’s data entry techniques including sorts and filters, document formatting, and functions and formulas.Novus Business and IT Training Program
  2. 2. Page Layout• Options for setting up document.• Document size, print area, colors, and background can be changed from this tab.Novus Business and IT Training Program 1
  3. 3. Page Layout View Margins Add a Header• Page Layout View shows how the spreadsheet will be printed.• Add a header or title to your spreadsheet. Novus Business and IT Training Program 2
  4. 4. Page Break Preview View • Blue lines show where pages start and finish. • Watermarks over data show the page number.Novus Business and IT Training Program 3
  5. 5. Video 1Novus Business and IT Training Program 4
  6. 6. Page Setup• The Page Setup menu provides options for changing many aspects of your spreadsheet.Set page orientation, portrait orlandscape.Change the paper size Novus Business and IT Training Program 5
  7. 7. Printing• Set options before printing your spreadsheet.• The print button is found in the Office Button menu. Number of copies Pages to print PrintNovus Business and IT Training Program 6
  8. 8. Video 2Novus Business and IT Training Program 7
  9. 9. Video 3Novus Business and IT Training Program 8
  10. 10. Video 4Novus Business and IT Training Program 9
  11. 11. Video 5Novus Business and IT Training Program 10
  12. 12. Video 6Novus Business and IT Training Program 11
  13. 13. Microsoft Excel 2: Wrap-Up• Excel makes data calculation easier.• Understand the math the formulas use.• Understand the expected outcome of organization tools like sort and filter.Novus Business and IT Training Program 12