Organizations the world over rely on information to make sound decisions regarding all manner of affairs. But with the amount of available data growing on a daily basis, the ability to make sense of all of that data is becoming more and more challenging. Fortunately, this is where the power of Microsoft® Office Excel® 2021 can help. Excel can help you organize, calculate, analyze, revise, update, and present your data in ways that will help the decision-makers in your organization steer you in the right direction. It will also make these tasks much easier for you to accomplish, and in much less time, than if you used traditional pen-and-paper methods or non-specialized software. This course aims to provide you with a foundation for Excel knowledge and skills, which you can build upon to eventually become an expert in data manipulation.

This course covers Microsoft Office Specialist Program exam objectives to help you prepare for the Excel Associate (Office 365 and Office 2021): Exam MO-200 and Excel Expert (Office 365 and Office 2021): Exam MO-201 certifications.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to create and develop Excel worksheets and workbooks in order to work with and analyze the data that is critical to the success of your organization.

You will:

  • Get started with Microsoft Office Excel 
  • Perform calculations.
  • Modify a worksheet.
  • Format a worksheet.
  • Print workbooks.
  • Manage workbooks.

Target Student

This course is intended for students who wish to gain the foundational understanding of Microsoft Office Excel 2021 that is necessary to create and work with electronic spreadsheets.


To ensure success, students will need to be familiar with using personal computers and should have experience using a keyboard and mouse. Students should also be comfortable working in the Windows® 10 environment and be able to use Windows 10 to manage information on their computers. Specific tasks the students should be able to perform include: opening and closing applications, navigating basic file structures, and managing files and folders. 

Course Content

  1. 1
    • Objective

    • Navigate the Excel User Interface

    • Lab: Using Quick Access Toolbar

    • Use Excel Commands

    • Quiz: Quick Access Toolbar

    • Create and Save a Basic Workbook

    • Enter Cell Data

    • Use Excel Help

    • Lab: Moving through the cells

    • Quiz: Moving Through the Cell

    • Lab: Create an Address Book

    • Quiz: Editing File

  2. 2
    • Insert, Delete, and Adjust Cells, Columns, and Rows

    • Search for and Replace Data

    • Use Proofing and Research Tools

    • Lab 1: School Supply List

    • Manage Worksheets

    • Lab: Managing Worksheet

  3. 3
    • Apply Text Formats

    • Using AutoFill

    • Align Cell Contents

    • Apply Basic Conditional Formatting

    • Lab 1: Managing Population Data

    • Lab 2: Calendar

    • Quiz: Formatting Data in Excel

    • Quiz: Formatting Cells

  4. 4
    • Set Up the Page Layout

    • Configure Headers and Footers

    • Preview and Print a Workbook

    • Lab: Printing the Calendar

    • Quiz: Printing Excel Worksheet

  5. 5
    • Create and Use Templates

    • Apply Styles and Themes

  6. 6
    • Create Worksheet Formulas

    • Insert Functions

    • Reuse Formulas and Functions

  7. 7
    • Mapping Course Content to Excel Associate (Office 365 and Office 2021): Exam MO-200

    • Mapping Course Content to Excel Expert (Office 365 and Office 2021): Exam MO-201

    • Microsoft® Office Excel® Common Keyboard Shortcuts

    • Adding Borders and Colors to Worksheets

    • Basic Excel Customization