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APEX131 - Microsoft Office Excel 2013 Level 1

With basic computer skills, it's likely that you are comfortable using a computer to perform basic tasks. Instead of using paper or a calculator, it's time to think about using the computer to store and manipulate data in electronic format.

When you are manually calculating and recording data on paper, you must recalculate every time that you add new data. If you are working with large volumes of data, by the time you have recalculated the new set of data, the paper-based sheets can be practically illegible, forcing you to create a new copy each time that data changes. Updating data in an Excel worksheet is fast and easy. All you need to do is insert the new data and configure the sheet so that calculations are updated whenever the data changes. Storing your data in Excel also enables you to run reports on the data, perform calculations, print your work to share with others, and much more. In this course, you will use Microsoft® Office Excel® 2013 to create spreadsheets and workbooks that you can use to store, manipulate, and share your data.

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To ensure success, students will need to be familiar with using personal computers and should have experience using a keyboard and mouse. Students should be comfortable in the Windows® 8 environment, and be able to use Windows 8 to manage information on their computers. Specific tasks the students should be able to perform include: launching and closing applications, navigating basic file structures, and managing files and folders. To meet this prerequisite, you can take any one or more of the following Logical Operations courses:
  • Microsoft® Office Windows® 8: Level 1
  • An introduction to PCs course

Detailed Class Syllabus

Lesson 1: Getting Started with Microsoft® Excel® 2013

Topic A: Identify the Elements of the Excel Interface
Topic B: Create a Basic Worksheet
Topic C: Use the Help System

Lesson 2: Performing Calculations

Topic A: Create Formulas in a Worksheet
Topic B: Insert Functions in a Worksheet
Topic C: Reuse Formulas

Lesson 3: Modifying a Worksheet

Topic A: Manipulate Data
Topic B: Insert, Manipulate, and Delete Cells, Columns, and Rows
Topic C: Search for and Replace Data
Topic D: Spell Check a Worksheet

Lesson 4: Formatting a Worksheet

Topic A: Modify Fonts
Topic B: Add Borders and Color to Cells
Topic C: Apply Number Formats
Topic D: Align Cell Contents
Topic E: Apply Cell Styles

Lesson 5: Printing Workbook Contents

Topic A: Define the Basic Page Layout for a Workbook
Topic B: Refine the Page Layout and Apply Print Options

Lesson 6: Managing Large Workbooks

Topic A: Format Worksheet Tabs
Topic B: Manage Worksheets
Topic C: Manage the View of Worksheets and Workbooks

Lesson 7: Customizing the Excel Environment

Topic A: Customize General and Language Options
Topic B: Customize Formula Options
Topic C: Customize Proofing and Save Options
Topic D: Customize the Ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar
Topic E: Customize the Functionality of Excel by Enabling Add-Ins
Topic F: Customize Advanced and Trust Center Options