|In Excel 104, we will build a
financial calculator sheet to calculate loans. We will learn more
about formatting cells. We will create a sales log, and we'll
learn how to protect our worksheets from tampering.
We will begin by learning all about the different
options under Format Cells, such as number, text, currency, and
We'll build a sales log as one of the
example sheets in today's class. Of course the majority of the example
sheets we will build in our classes are real-world examples - so
feel free to use them in your business.
We'll learn how to make text stay inside of its
cell - instead of spilling out to the cell next to it.
You will learn how to rotate text, so that
you can do neat things like this with your column headings...
You will learn advanced techniques for
creating borders in your sheets:
Next, we'll learn about a very powerful
feature called conditional formatting. This allows Excel to
automatically change the color (or other format) of a cell based on the
value of the data in the cell. For example, having really high sales
show up in red, and low sales in
You'll learn how to use the collapse dialog
button which shows up on many of Excel's menus.
We'll briefly cover spell checking (we
discuss it in great detail in our Microsoft Word course, and we assume
that most people learning Excel are also learning Word). We'll cover it
just enough to teach you the basics.
We'll also show you Excel's find and replace
features, which are more sophisticated than you might thing!
You will learn how to use the AutoFormat
feature to quickly give your sheet a professional look - without having
to format everything yourself.
Next, we're going to have some fun building a
Financial Calculator. This is a sheet where you can figure out your
monthly payments for a loan (mortgage, car loan, etc.). Just type in the
amount of your loan, the interest rate, and the length of the loan, and
Excel will figure out your monthly payments.
In order to create the financial calculator, we'll
have to learn about a new function called the PMT function -
which Excel uses to calculate the payments. Don't worry - it looks
scary, but its not bad... once we show you how to use it.
When we're done, we'll have a professional-quality
tool that any financial firm could put on it's computers for customers
or agents to use.
And, just to make sure your agents and customers
don't mess up your formulas, I'll also teach you how to lock and
protect the worksheet.
This is a great course. We cover a lot of
very powerful features. You'll be an expert in formatting
your sheet by the end of this course. We'll also learn how to build a
sales log, financial calculator, and more. You'll learn all about spell
checking, find and replace, AutoFormat, and lots more.