This Excel 2013 tutorial includes everything you need to know to get started with Microsoft Excel.
Excel 2013 is a spreadsheet program that allows you to store, organize, and analyze information. While you may believe Excel is only used by certain people to process complicated data, anyone can learn how to take advantage of the program's powerful features. Whether you're keeping a budget, organizing a training log, or creating an invoice, Excel makes it easy to work with different types of data.
Excel 2013 is similar to Excel 2010. If you've previously used Excel 2010, Excel 2013 should feel familiar. If you are new to Excel or have more experience with older versions, you should first take some time to become familiar with the Excel 2013 interface.
When you open Excel 2013 for the first time, the Excel Start Screen will appear. From here, you'll be able to create a new workbook, choose a template, and access your recently edited workbooks.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to become familiar with the Excel 2013 interface.
Each group contains a series of different commands. Simply click any command to apply it. Some groups also have an arrow in the bottom-right corner, which you can click to see even more commands.
The Ribbon contains all the commands you will need to perform common tasks in Excel. It has multiple tabs, each with several groups of commands.
From here, you can access your Microsoft account information, view your profile, and switch accounts.
In the formula bar, you can enter or edit data, a formula, or a function that will appear in a specific cell.
In the image below, cell C1 is selected and 1984 is entered into the formula bar. Note how the data appears in both the formula bar and in cell C1.
The Quick Access Toolbar lets you access common commands no matter which tab is selected.
By default, it includes the Save, Undo, and Redo commands. You can add other commands depending on your preference.
A row is a group of cells that runs from the left of the page to the right. In Excel, rows are identified by numbers. Row 10 is selected in the image below.
A column is a group of cells that runs from the top of the page to the bottom. In Excel, columns are identified by letters. Column H is selected in the image below.
The Name box displays the location, or "name" of a selected cell.
In the image below, cell B4 is selected. Note that cell B4 is where column B and row 4 intersect.
Your spreadsheet may frequently have more data than you can see on the screen at once. Click, hold and drag the vertical or horizontal scroll bar depending on what part of the page you want to see.
Click and drag the slider to use the Zoom control. The number to the right of the slider reflects the zoom percentage.
There are three ways to view a worksheet. Simply click to select the desired view:
• Normal view is selected by default, and shows you an unlimited number of cells and columns.
• Page Layout view divides your spreadsheet into pages.
• Page Break view lets you see an overview of your worksheet, which is especially helpful when adding page breaks.
Excel files are called workbooks. Each workbook holds one or more worksheets (also known as "spreadsheets").
One worksheet will appear by default when you open an Excel workbook. It's easy to rename, add and delete worksheets.
Each rectangle in a workbook is called a cell.
A cell is the intersection of a row and a column.
Simply click to select a cell. Cell B3 is selected in this example.