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The Excel Essential Skills category groups together posts that cover the essential skills needed to confidently create Excel worksheets that are both professional in look and design.

Move, Copy and Paste information in Excel

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Learn how to move, copy and paste information in Excel. Once you have mastered Cut, Copy and Paste you will find yourself shifting data around easily and reusing copied data, saving you the need to recreate the same information again.

All Windows applications have access to the Windows Clipboard. This is a special area used for moving and copying information.

The ‘Cut’ command moves a selection to the Clipboard while the ‘Copy’ command copies a selection to the Clipboard.

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Insert page breaks and scale an Excel worksheet for printing

sharyn bainesLearn how to insert page breaks and scale an Excel worksheet for printing.

Once you have your worksheet created and formatted you may want to print it. Printing can be extremely challenging if you don’t know how to control where page breaks occur and how to fit your worksheet to print on a page so that you avoid having one row or one column printing on a following page.

The Page Setup commands allow you to set the appearance of the printed worksheet.  Many Page Setup options apply to every page of the active worksheet. Read more

How to total a range of cells in Excel

sharyn bainesThe quickest way to total a range of cells in Excel is to use the SUM function.

The Sum function is one of the most commonly used functions in Excel. The function requires the first and last cells within a list, it then includes them and every cell between them into the total. For example =SUM(C4:C10) replaces the need to enter =C4+C5+C6+C7+C8+C9+C10.

Maybe you could just create a formula to add each of the cells when there only 7 of them…but imagine if there were 7000! Yikes! That’s when the SUM function becomes an amazing tool to have in your toolbox.
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How to create basic calculations in Excel

sharyn bainesBeing able to create basic calculations in Excel is fundamental to being able to use Excel well.

Writing Excel formulas is much the same as writing an equation. With just a little bit of instruction you will be creating basic calculations in no time! And of course, you will be able to confidently read other people’s calculations which is awesome when you want to work out what the calculation is actually doing. Read more