Microsoft Excel 2013 Power User Training Course Outline

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Excel Training CoursesThis one-day course builds on the skills and concepts taught in Excel 2013: Advanced and can be designed to focus on the specific specialised areas of a client's work.


This course teaches advanced users of Excel more complex formulas, functions, arrays, data analysis, dynamic charts, dashboards, business modelling, business intelligence and various techniques and concepts for the Excel developer.
Also covered are various analysis tools such as Wizards, problem models, methods for correlating data, advanced customisation techniques, interactive controls and automating selected features. Contact us for further details.

Course objectives

Typical course includes (tailored to suit client):
Advanced formulas, functions, and arrays
Text functions
Date and time functions
Information functions
Array formulas

Advanced editing and formatting
The Paste Special command
The Go To Special dialog box
Merging styles
Additional chart formatting

Analysing and sharing information
Solver models and reports
Analysis ToolPak
Embedding and linking

Advanced customization
Popular and Save options
Formulas options
Automating Excel
Advanced options

Advanced Charts and Dashboards
Principles and concepts
Data, analysis and presentation layers
Data Format
Advanced Chart Formatting and Combination Charts
Pivot Charts
Form Controls for Charts and Dashboards

A range of further topics after discussion with clients
Bespoke Excel Power User courses
We can design a Power User course to cover specialised Excel topics that meet your particular business needs. Expert and specialised courses and consultancy sessions can include many topics ranging from business modelling to arrays to Monte Carlo simulation.  Contact us to discuss.
For further details, or to book a course, please contact us:
telephone:  01382 453447

What's New in Excel 2013
The first thing you’ll see when you open Excel is a brand new look. It’s cleaner, but it’s also designed to help you get professional-looking results quickly. You’ll find many new features that let you get away from walls of numbers and draw more persuasive pictures of your data, guiding you to better, more informed decisions.
Top features to explore

Get started quickly
Templates do most of the set-up and design work for you, so you can focus on your data. Excel 2013 has new templates for budgets, calendars, forms, and reports, and more are on the way.

Instant data analysis
The new Quick Analysis tool lets you convert your data into a chart or table in two steps or less. Preview data enhancements like conditional formatting, sparklines, or charts, make it stick in just one click.

Fill out an entire column of data in a flash
Flash Fill is like a data assistant that finishes your work for you. As soon as it detects what you want to do, Flash Fill enters the rest of your data in one fell swoop, following the pattern it recognizes in your data.

Create a chart that’s right for your data
Find the best way to visualize your data in a chart by using Chart recommendations. Excel recommends the most suitable charts based on your data. Get a quick peek to see how your data appears in the different charts, and then simply pick the one that shows the insights you want to present.

Filter table data by using slicers
First introduced in Excel 2010 as an interactive way to filter PivotTable data, slicers can now also be used to filter data in Excel tables, query tables, and other data tables. Simpler to set up and use, slicers show the current filter so you’ll know exactly what data you’re looking at.

One workbook, one window
In Excel 2013 each workbook has in its own window, making it easier to work on two workbooks at once. It also makes life easier when you’re working on two monitors.

New Excel functions
You’ll find several new functions in the math and trigonometry, statistical, engineering, date and time, lookup and reference, logical, and text function categories. Also new are a few Web service functions for referencing existing Representational State Transfer (REST)-compliant Web services. Look for details in Excel functions (by category).

Save and share files online
Excel 2013 makes it easier to save your workbooks to your own online location, like your free SkyDrive or your organization’s Office 365 service. It’s also simpler to share your worksheets with other people. No matter what device they’re using or where they are, everyone works with the latest version of a worksheet— and you can even work together in real time.

Embed worksheet data in a web page
To share part of your worksheet on the web, you can simply embed it on your web page. Other people can then experience Excel Web App or open the embedded data in Excel.

Share an Excel 2013 worksheet in an online meeting
No matter where you are or what device you’re on—be it your smartphone, tablet, or PC—as long as you have Lync installed, you can connect to and share a workbook in an online meeting.

Save to a new file format
You can now save to and open files in the new Strict Open XML Spreadsheet (*.xlsx) file format. This file format lets you read and write ISO8601 dates to resolve a leap year issue for the year 1900.

New charting features
Changes to the ribbon for charts
The new Recommended Charts button on the Insert tab lets you pick from a variety of charts that are right for your data. Related types of charts like scatter and bubble charts are now under one umbrella. And there is a brand new button for combo charts – a favorite chart you’ve asked for. When you click a chart, you’ll also see a simpler Chart Tools ribbon. With just a Design and Format tab, it should be easier to find what you need.

Fine tune charts quickly
Three new chart buttons let you quickly pick and preview changes to chart elements (like titles or labels), the look and style of your chart, or to the data that is shown.

Richer data labels
Now you can include rich and refreshable text from data points or any other text in your data labels, enhance them with formatting and additional freeform text, and display them in just about any shape. Data labels stay in place, even when you switch to a different type of chart. You can also connect them to their data points with leader lines on all charts, not just pie charts.

View animation in charts
See a chart come alive when you make changes to its source data. Not only is this fun to watch, the movement in the chart makes the changes in your data much clearer.

Powerful data analysis
Create a PivotTable that suits your data
Picking the right fields to summarize your data in a PivotTable report can be a daunting task. Now you can get some help with that. When you create a PivotTable, Excel recommends several ways to summarize your data, and shows you a quick preview of the field layouts so you can pick the one that gives you the insights you’re looking for.

Use one Field List to create different types of PivotTables
Create the layout of a PivotTable that uses one table or multiple tables by using one and the same Field List. Revamped to accommodate both single and multi-table PivotTables, the Field List makes it easier to find the fields you want in your PivotTable layout, switch to the new Excel Data Model by adding more tables, and explore and navigate to all of the tables.

Use multiple tables in your data analysis
The new Excel Data Model lets you to tap into powerful analysis features that were previously only available by installing the PowerPivot add-in. In addition to creating traditional PivotTables, you can now create PivotTables based on multiple tables in Excel. By importing different tables, and creating relationships between them, you’ll be able to analyze your data with results you aren’t able to get from traditional PivotTable data.

Connect to new data sources
To use multiple tables in the Excel Data Model, you can now connect to and import data from additional data sources into Excel as tables or PivotTables. For example, connect to data feeds like OData, Windows Azure DataMarket, and SharePoint data feeds. You can also connect to data sources from additional OLE DB providers.

Create relationships between tables
When you’ve got data from different data sources in multiple tables in the Excel Data Model, creating relationships between those tables makes it easy to analyze your data without having to consolidate it into one table. By using MDX queries, you can further leverage table relationships to create meaningful PivotTable reports.

Use a timeline to show data for different time periods
A timeline makes it simpler to compare your PivotTable or PivotChart data over different time periods. Instead of grouping by dates, you can now simply filter dates interactively or move through data in sequential time periods, like rolling month-to-month performance, in just one click. To learn more about it, see Create a timeline to filter PivotTable data.

Use Drill Down, Drill Up, and Cross Drill to get to different levels of detail
Drilling down to different levels of detail in a complex set of data is not an easy task. Custom sets are helpful, but finding them among a large number of fields in the Field List takes time. In the new Excel Data Model, you’ll be able to navigate to different levels more easily. Use Drill Down into a PivotTable or PivotChart hierarchy to see granular levels of detail, Drill Up to go to a higher level for “big picture” insights, or Cross Drill to navigate from one hierarchy to another to get insights about data across one or more hierarchies.

Use OLAP calculated members and measures
Tap into the power of self-service Business Intelligence (BI) and add your own Multidimensional Expression (MDX)-based calculations in PivotTable data that is connected to an Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) cube. No need to reach for the Excel Object Model -- you can now create and manage calculated members and measures right in Excel.

Create a standalone PivotChart
A PivotChart no longer has to be associated with a PivotTable. A standalone or de-coupled PivotChart lets you experience new ways to navigate to data details by using the new Drill Down, Drill Up, and Cross Drill features. It’s also much easier to copy or move a de-coupled PivotChart.

Trend analysis
Trying to predict future trends? A good place to start is to look at the historical time series data. Now, you can pull up a trend chart in an OLAP or Excel Data Model PivotTable that shows the trend.

Power View
If you’re using Office Professional Plus, you can take advantage of Power View. Simply click the Power View button on the ribbon to discover insights about your data with highly interactive, powerful data exploration, visualization, and presentation features that are easy to apply. Power View lets you create and interact with charts, slicers, and other data visualizations in a single sheet.

New and improved add-ins and converters
PowerPivot for Excel add-in
If you’re using Office Professional Plus, the PowerPivot add-in comes installed with Excel. The PowerPivot data analysis engine is now built into Excel so that you can build simple data models directly in Excel The PowerPivot add-in provides an environment for creating more sophisticated models. Use it to filter out data when importing it, define your own hierarchies, calculation fields, and key performance indicators (KPIs), and use the Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) language to create advanced formulas.

Inquire add-in
If you’re using Office Professional Plus, the Inquire add-in comes installed with Excel. It helps you analyze and review your workbooks to understand their design, function, and data dependencies, and to uncover a variety of problems including formula errors or inconsistencies, hidden information, broken links and others. From Inquire, you can start a new Microsoft Office tool, called Spreadsheet Compare, to compare two versions of a workbook, clearly indicating where changes have occurred. During an audit, you have full visibility of the changes in your workbooks.

Strict Converter for new file format
The Strict Converter is available for download so that files in the new Strict Open XML Spreadsheet file format (.xlsx) can be opened and viewed in Excel 2010.