Course summary: Create your first Excel 2013 workbook

Start using Excel

The best way to learn about Excel 2013 is to start using it. You can open an existing workbook or start with a template. Then, add some data into cells, use the ribbon, use the Mini toolbar.

Convert data to tables

On the ribbon, click Tables > Table to convert your data to a table. You don’t have to do this, but working with data as a table has certain advantages.

Save and print

Go to the Backstage, and decide where you want to save your workbook — to your computer, or to the cloud using Office 365 SharePoint or OneDrive. Also, see a preview of how the workbook will look after it’s printed, then click Print to print it.

Insert columns and rows

Expand your worksheet. For example, add some more columns: click in the column next to the table, start typing, then press Enter.

Formulas and references

Tables can be very helpful when it comes to formulas. But to really understand how they work, we’ll create one on our own. In doing so, we’ll learn about things like Auto fill to quickly complete cells, and functions to easily enter formulas.

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Applies to:
Excel 2013