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Instructional Guide "9 Essential Excel 2010 Skills"

Instructional Guide “9 Essential Excel 2010 Skills”

I want you to discover the scope of the Excel Training that I offer on my new video tutorial, “9 Essential Excel 2010 Skills.” So, I am offering the PDF of the Step-by-Step Instructional Guide that accompanies the video tutorial.

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  4. Even though you will be downloading this product, I had to set it up as a physical product with “Free Shipping.”
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Read the Instructional Guide and then Purchase my Video!

I am convinced that once you see the scope of the training in Excel 2010 that I offer, you will want to purchase the video tutorial. I offer my video in tow versions:

List of the “9 Essential Excel 2010 Skills”

9 Essential Skills for Excel 2010

9 Essential Skills for Excel 2010 Video Tutorial

These are the 9 Essential Skills that I have identified for my video tutorial:

  1. Entering Data Efficiently in Excel 2010
  2. Selecting Cell Ranges Efficiently in Excel 2010
  3. Creating and Using Named Cell Ranges in Excel 2010
  4. Applying Styles and Formatting to Excel 2010 Worksheets
  5. Working with Structured Data Sets in Excel 2010
  6. Working with Excel 2010 Formulas and Functions
  7. Using Paste Special Options in Excel 2010
  8. Using Data Validation in Excel 2010
  9. Using Excel 2010 “What-if” Analysis Tools

Excel 2010 Practice Files Included

When you purchase my video tutorial, you receive the same Excel 2010 Worksheets that I used while filming each of the 25 video tutorials. Using the same files as you view my videos, you will be able to practice your new skills. And, of course, you also receive the same Instructional Guide that I am offering for free!

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Review for my Latest Publication – “9 Essential Skills for Excel 2010”

Main Menu Essential Skills for Excel

Main Menu for “9 Essential Excel Skills”

I just received a fabulous review, from one of my viewers, for my video tutorial, “9 Essential Skills for Excel 2010.”

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It’s really a master piece!!

Posted by Tamoghna on 8th Sep 2012

“I was a beta tester of “9 Essential Excel Skills- Excel 2010” by Danny Rocks. In one word this is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to master those essential skills which are required to use excel professionally. There are total 9 chapters which consist of a series of dense but brief video lessons.

The lessons have been planned in a careful way so that the viewers are introduced from simple to more complex topics.

Surely you are going to be amazed by the incredible picture and sound quality of the videos. I had a feeling as if I was watching an excel movie while putting my head phone. Danny has several qualities as an instructor. His pace of delivery and voice modulation is just fantastic and if you are not an absolute excel-newbie watching a video just one time is enough. Before starting each lesson he gives a brief introduction so that you can connect what you learned in the previous lesson. He also repeats and stresses some part which you will find really helpful.

Another great take away from this video tutorial is a bunch of great keyboard shortcuts and best excel practices which you can expect only from an excel veteran. Among so many other things I was left with surprise why I didn’t use “page layout view” and “vertical alignment formatting” before! Even if you are an advanced excel user surely you are going to learn a lot of useful tricks including some commonly encountered gotchas and how to avoid them.

I won’t be taken aback If this product goes every corner of the excel user community and becomes best seller in this field.”

Learn More About My Video Tutorial

I have produced the “9 Essential Skills for Excel 2010” in two formats:

Both versions include 4 hours of video instruction. 25 individual video tutorials. The Excel Practice files that I used while filming the video tutorials. A PDF of the Step-by-step Instructional Guide that I created for these video lessons.

Version for Excel 2007 Now Available!

DVD-ROM, "9 Essential Excel 2007 Skills"

DVD-ROM, “9 Essential Excel 2007 Skills”

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How to Create a Summary Report from an Excel Table

Functions for Executive Summary

Functions for Executive Summary

I created this Excel Video Tutorial in response to a viewer who, in her company, is not permitted to use a Pivot Table to create a report. Unfortunately, this happens more often than you might think. Nevertheless, I promised to share my tips and advice. I think that many of this tips will help Excel users at all levels.

Tips Covered in this Video Tutorial

  • Use Advanced Filter to Extract a list of unique customer names from a range with @ 4,300 records.
  • Later in the lesson, I show you how to extract this list to a different worksheet – a tip that will save you time when preparing your reports!
  • How and why to convert a normal range of data into a TABLE in Excel 2007 / 2010 or into a LIST in Excel 2003.
  • How to create “Named Ranges” for your key data cells and to use them in your Formulas and Functions.
  • How to use the SUMIF, AVERAGEIF and COUNTIF Functions in your summary report.

Keyboard Shortcuts Used in this Tutorial

  • Ctrl + T to convert to a TABLE in Excel 2007 / Excel 2010
  • Ctrl + L to convert to a LIST in EXCEL 2003
  • Ctrl + A to open up the Function Arguments Dialog Box
  • Ctrl + Shift + F3 to open the Create Names Dialog Box
  • F3 to open the Paste Names Dialog Box

I decided that I will only make this video available on YouTube – I think that you will enjoy the clarity that you get from the High-Definition / Full Screen Mode.

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Follow this link to view this Excel Tutorial in High Definition on my YouTubeChannel – DannyRocksExcels

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How to Identify and Then Delete Duplicate Records in Excel

Identify & Delete Duplicates

Identify & Delete Duplicates

It is almost inevitable that, over time, your Excel data set will contain duplicate records. This can be costly – if the duplicate records are in your mailing list. And it can also result in errors when you count and calculate data.

Three Methods to Identify and Delete Duplicate Records

In this Excel Tutorial, I demonstrate three approaches to identify duplicate records in a data set:

  1. Circle Invalid Data – This tool works in coordination with Data Validation.
  2. Remove Duplicates – This powerful command was introduced in Excel 2007. It does not “preview” the records to be deleted, so my advice is to use this command with a copy of your data.
  3. Conditional Formatting – Greatly improved for Excel 2007 and Excel 2010. Now, you have a menu choice to apply conditional formatting to either Duplicate or Unique Records. If you are still using Excel 2003 or earlier, I show you how to write the formula needed to use Conditional Formatting to highlight duplicate records.

Watch The Tutorial in High Definition on YouTube

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How to Prevent Duplicate Entries in Excel with Data Validation

Formula for Data Validation

Formula for Data Validation

Over time, it is easy for duplicate entries to creep into an Excel Data Set. In this video tutorial, I show you, step-by-step, how to apply Data Validation to a range of cells so that anyone who attempts to enter a duplicate value will be prevented from doing so.

Use a “Logical Formula” for Data Validation

In this lesson, I show you how to “customize” the COUNTIF Function in the Data Validation Dialog Box so that it returns the value of TRUE. Logical formulas return either TRUE or FALSE. You MUST use a Logical Formula in Data Validation.

What Else is Covered in this Tutorial?

  • Use Paste Special – Validation to extend Data Validation to a wider range of cells
  • Use Find – Go to Special – Validation to highlight all cells on worksheet that contain Data Validation
  • Use Circle Invalid Entries from the Data Validation menu to automatically “draw a red circle” around existing cells that contain duplicate values
  • How to quickly remove Data Validation from a Range of Cells

Related Topic – Conditional Formatting in Excel

Another way to highlight existing cells that contain duplicate values is to use Conditional Formatting. The improvements in Excel 2007 and Excel 2010 make this “a snap” because this is now a Menu Selection! In my next tutorial, I will show you how this is done in both Excel 2003 – with the COUNTIF Function – and from the new Menu Selections introduced in Excel 2007.

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How to Use Conditional Formatting to Compare Two Excel Lists

Clients and viewers frequently ask me to help them to compare two differeny lists in Excel. They want to find – or highlight – the values that are different in each list. For example, which customers appear in the 1st list but NOT in the 2nd list. So, I created this video lesson to demonstrate how to do this with Conditional Formatting.

In an earlier Excel Video Lesson, I demonstrated how to compare two Excel lists using either the MATCH() Function or the VLOOKUP() Function.

Conditional Formatting Rule

Conditional Formatting Rule

Use Conditional Formatting

I demonstrate how to use Conditional Formatting to Highlight the Cell Values that are different when you compare two Excel Lists. I will use a “New Rule with a Formula” that must return the answer TRUE, to trigger the special formatting.

In Conditional Formatting, you first establish a “condition” that can be answered as either TRUE or FALSE. Then, for those cells where the answer to the condition is TRUE. the special “cell formatting” that you chose will apply.

In this lesson we will be using this Formula: =COUNTIF(List 2, 1st cell in List 1) = 0.

Steps to follow:

  1. Select the cells that you want the Conditional Formatting to apply to- in our example List 1.
  2. On the Home Tab of the Ribbon, click the Conditional Formatting arrow and select New Rule.
  3. Select New Rule – “Use a Formula to determine which cells to format.”
  4. Enter the formula – e.g. =COUNTIF(Range, Criteria) = 0 where the “Range” is the list of values in List 2 (Absolute Reference) and the “Criteria” is the 1st cell reference in List 1 (Relative Reference).
  5. Choose the Format for the cells when the condition is met – the result is TRUE. In this example, I choose to “FILL” the cells with a Blue background color.

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Prevent Duplicate Cell Entries with Excel Data Validation

Unfortunately, it is much too easy for a data entry clerk to assign duplicate account numbers. And this is a disaster waiting to happen. To prevent this from happening, use Excel’s Data Validation tool. In this short video lesson, I show you how to use the =COUNTIF() function in the Data Validation dialog box to ensure that only unique account numbers can be assigned to your customers.

I also show you how to extend the range of cells that contain this data validation rule: You use the Paste Special – Validation command.

This is one of “The 50 Best Tips for Excel 2007.” Click here to purchase the DVD using my secure shopping cart.

Learn how to “Master Excel in Minutes – Not Months!”

Excel Training Videos by Category

Here is a listing, by category – with hyperlinks – to the free Excel Training Videos that I offer on The Company Rocks website. Simply click on the hyperlink for each Category to go directly to the Archive of Excel videos in that category. 

Note: Some of my Excel Videos are listed in multiple categories.

Excel Tip List

Excel Tips

The companion page to this one is, “Index of Excel Video Training Lessons.” In the Index you will see the title of each Excel Video Tutorial listed beneath the category.

If you like the free videos that I offer, I guarantee that you will enjoy my DVD – “The 50 Best Tips for Excel 2007” – now on sale here on my website.

Learn how you can “Master Excel in Minutes – Not Months!”

Learn how to quickly “Create Pivot Tables and Charts.”

Excel Training Video Lessons – by Category:

“The 50 Best Tips for Excel 2007” DVD is now on sale!

Video Tour My DVD – The 50 Best Tips for Excel 2007

I invite you to join me on a four minute, seven second video tour of my new instructional DVD, “The 50 Best Tips, Tricks & Techniques for Excel 2007.”

This DVD is different. If you want to learn Excel and you are pressed for time (and who isn’t these days?) this is the DVD for you. I give you over 5 1/2 hours of focused video instruction. The average length of each video lesson is 6 1/2 minutes! So you can find the topic that you want, learn it, and put it into practice at home or at work in under 10 minutes!

As a bonus, I include the 50 Excel worksheets that I used to create and film the video lessons. Now you can practice the tips to master your new Excel skills!

Follow this link if  you want to see the complete list of the 50 video lessons on my DVD.

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Use the =TODAY() Function to Identify Past Due Invoices

Here is another response to a viewer request. The letter asks for my help in identifying, counting and totaling the amount of “Past Due” invoices. In the viewer’s letter, she wanted me to use the =NOW() Function. This function returns the current date and time (Hour, Minute, Second) from your computer’s system clock. The =TODAY() Function is similar, but it returns only the current date. Both the =NOW() and =TODAY() Functions are “volatile.” This means that the value that they return will automatically update according to your computer’s system clock. This makes them excellent reference points in formulas that identify “Past Due” invoices.

In addition to using the =IF() Function to identify the invoices that are “Past Due,” I also demonstrate two other functions: =COUNTIF() to total the number of “Past Due” invoices and =SUMIF() to give me the total dollar amount that is “Past Due.” I recreate these formulas, this time, using “named cell ranges” in the formulas.

Finally, I show you a great new Filtering Feature in Excel 2007 – the ability to filter by time period e.g. “Next Week!”

Related Videos

Check out my new DVD, “The 50 Best Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Excel 2007.” It contains over 5 1/2 hours of training for Excel 2007. You can locate the specific tip that you want to learn – and in @ 6 minutes, you will have received all of the information that you need to become more productive in this area.