Excel 2010 Quick Reference Guide

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MICROSOFT EXCEL 2010Quick Reference GuideSpreadsheetWhat is a spreadsheet?A grid of rows and columns that help to organize, summarize and calculatedata.How is Excel 2010 different fromprevious versions?Microsoft Excel 2010 is built on the Ribbon concept that was introduced inExcel 2007. It adds some features pertaining to the security of documentsas well as some improved statistical, financial, and mathematical functionsand a wizard interface.While Excel 2010 documents share a file extension with Excel 2007(*.pptx), the Excel 2010 file is a unique file type. Excel 2007 documentswill open in “Compatibility mode” and will not have certain Excel 2010tools available unless re-saved as an Excel 2010 document. Saving a Excel2007 documents as a Excel 2010 documents requires responding to awarning that some formatting may be lost.Opening the Excel ProgramTwo methodsDouble-click on icon on the desktop or use the Start menu.The Excel EnvironmentRibbon area and TabsThe Ribbon is the area under title bar that contains tabs, each containingdifferent commands specific to the function of the tab.Groups and ButtonsTabs contain groups of similar commands (buttons).Screen tips andtwo-partbuttonsHovering over a button reveals a screen tip. Some buttons have two parts;the button proper which carries out the command with the currentsettings, and the list arrow which will provide some options to changesettings.File TabThe File tab opens the “Backstage view” (it replaces the Microsoft OfficeButton and the File menu used in earlier versions of Microsoft Office).Backstage view allows you to: Manage your documents and related data about themCreate, save, and send documentsInspect documents for hidden properties or personal informationSet options such as turning off AutoComplete suggestionsQuick Access ToolbarLocated on the title bar by default. Can be moved below the Ribbon.Contains commands most often used.Dialogue Box LauncherGroups have a launcher that contains related but less common commands.MC-NPL Computer Lab 1001 Powell St Norristown, PA 19401(610) 278-5100 x141 mcnplcomputerlab@gmail.com www.mc-npl.orgRevised: 6/8/2015Page 1 of 5

MICROSOFT EXCEL 2010 QUICK REFERENCE GUIDEHovering, selecting anddropping downIdentifying buttons by pointing, clicking on buttons to get most recentsetting, and clicking on dropdown arrows to change settings.Status BarGives information about the current workbook. Right-click to customize.View ToolbarOn the right side of the Status Bar. Changes the way the workbook isdisplayed on the screen (such as zooming in). It does NOT affect the layoutor formatting of the workbook itself.Selecting Cells, Rows or ColumnsSelecting a CellClick into the cell. The cell’s name will appear in the name box of theformula bar.Selecting a Range of CellsClick into the first cell in the range. Hold down the left mouse button anddrag to the last cell in the range. Release the mouse button.Selecting a RowMove your mouse directly over the row number until it changes to ahorizontally-pointing arrow. Left click to select.Selecting a ColumnMove your mouse directly over the column letter until it changes to adownward-pointing arrow. Left click to select.Formatting CellsMerge and Center[ Select a range of cells Home tab Alignment group Merge & Center]Font AttributesChange the font, style, size, and color of the text in the selected cells.[ Home tab Font group ]Add Cell Shading[ Select cells Home tab Font group Fill Color button list arrow Select color ]Adjust Column Width[ Select the column Home tab Cells group Format button Auto FitColumn Width ]- or In the row containing the column letters, move your cursor between thecolumn letters to the right of the column that needs adjusting until itchanges toand then Double click.Formatting Values (numbers)Apply Accounting NumberFormat[ Select the cells containing the number(s) Home tab Number group Accounting Number Format button ]MC-NPL Computer Lab 1001 Powell St Norristown, PA 19401(610) 278-5100 x141 mcnplcomputerlab@gmail.com www.mc-npl.orgRevised: 6/8/2015Page 2 of 5

MICROSOFT EXCEL 2010 QUICK REFERENCE GUIDEFormulas & Functions & Cell ReferencingEnter a FormulaEnter a Function[ Click into the cell Type an equals sign “ ” Reference starting cell byclicking into it Type the operator for your calculation ( Addition, Subtraction, * Multiplication, / Division) Reference next cell by clickinginto it When all cells are referenced, click the check mark on theFormula bar ]Click into the cell Type an equals sign “ ” Type function name (sum,Average, etc) Type left parenthesis ( Reference starting cell by clickinginto it Type a colon “:” Reference ending cell by clicking into it Clickthe check mark on the Formula bar ]Insert a Function[ Click into the cell Formulas tab Function Library group InsertFunction button Select function OK button Verify range (change ifnecessary) OK button]AutoSum: To total a Column orRow of Numbers[ Click into the cell at the end of the column/row of numbers ] Home tab Editing group AutoSum Button Click the check mark on theFormula bar ]Cell ReferencingClick into the cell where you want to insert the reference. Type an equalssign “ ”. Click in the cell you want to reference. Click the check mark onthe Formula bar.Editing a WorksheetSpell Check[ Review tab Proofing group Spelling & Grammar ]Excel will run through every possible error it finds. Press either ignore orchange.Add/Insert a Column[ Select a column Right Click Insert (Column will be inserted to the leftof the selected column) ]Copy a Formula from One Cell toAnotherClick in the cell with the formula. Move your cursor over the fill handle.Hold down left mouse button and drag to next cell.View Formulas/Functions on aWorksheetHold down the Ctrl key. Press and release the key. Repeat process toreturn to other view.Add/Insert a Row[ Select a row Right Click Insert (Row will be inserted above theselected row ]Delete a Row or Column[ Select the row or column to be deleted Home tab Cells group Delete button ]Move a Column (cut and pastemethod)[ Select the column Right Click Cut Select the column to the right ofwhere you want to move the column Right Click Insert cut cells ]MC-NPL Computer Lab 1001 Powell St Norristown, PA 19401(610) 278-5100 x141 mcnplcomputerlab@gmail.com www.mc-npl.orgRevised: 6/8/2015Page 3 of 5

MICROSOFT EXCEL 2010 QUICK REFERENCE GUIDEMove a Row (cut and pastemethod)[ Select the row Right Click Cut Select the row below where youwant to move the row Right Click Insert cut cells ]Trace Error - Green Triangles –sometimes happens whenmoving rows or columnsIf you see a green triangle in a cell it means there is an error in theformula. Click in the Cell and then click on the list arrow next to the TraceError button for options to update the formula.Sorting Data[Select the range of cells or rows to be included in the sort Home tab Editing Group Sort & Filter Button Choose one of the sort options]Apply Conditional Formatting toData[ Select the cell to which you want to apply conditional formatting HomeTab Styles Group Conditional Formatting Button Highlight CellsRule Choose Option ]Precedence of OperationsOrder of OperatorsNegation, Percentage, Exponentiation, Multiplication and Division,Addition and SubtractionOperators with the highest precedence are evaluated before those with alower precedence. If two operators have the same precedence, then theyare evaluated from left to right.Use of ParenthesisThe use of parenthesis tells Excel to evaluate that portion of an equationseparately, and then to use that result when evaluating the rest of theequation.CommentsInsert a Comment[ Select the cell where you want to insert the comment Review tab Comments group New Comment button ]Make a Comment Visible(Show/Hide)[ Click in the cell that contains the comment (it will have a red triangle inthe upper right corner) Right click Show/Hide Comments ]Worksheet ManagementCopy a Worksheet[ Right click on worksheet tab Move or Copy Create a copy check box OK ]Rename a Worksheet[ Right click on worksheet tab Rename Type new name Click inclear cell ]Move a WorksheetClick and hold worksheet tab. Drag to new location and drop.Delete a WorksheetRight click on worksheet tab, then click Delete.Insert a WorksheetInsert new worksheet button is to the right of all worksheets tabs.MC-NPL Computer Lab 1001 Powell St Norristown, PA 19401(610) 278-5100 x141 mcnplcomputerlab@gmail.com www.mc-npl.orgRevised: 6/8/2015Page 4 of 5

MICROSOFT EXCEL 2010 QUICK REFERENCE GUIDEReference a Cell in a SeparateWorksheet[ Click into the cell where you want to insert the reference Type anequals sign “ ” Click on the tab for the worksheet that contains the cellthat you want to reference Click in the cell you want to reference Clickthe check mark on the Formula bar ]ChartsCreate a Chart[ Insert Tab Charts group Button of choice (opens a menu) Stylebutton of choice ]Select Data[ Click on chart Chart Tools Design tab Data group Select Databutton Click on the range of cells that contain the data ]Apply a Chart Layout[ Click on chart Chart Tools Design tab Chart Layouts group Buttonof Choice Fill in the labels (Title, etc) ]PrintingPrint/ Print preview[ File Tab Print ]Adjust Settings to PrintWorksheet on One Page(Scaling)[ Page Layout tab Page Setup group Launcher Page tab Scalingsection Select radio button shown below OK button ]Adjust Settings to PrintComments[ Page Layout tab Page Setup group Launcher Sheet tab Printsection Comments box arrow Select “as displayed on sheet” OKbutton ]Add a Header[ Page Layout tab Page Setup group Launcher Header/Footer tab Custom Header button Click in section of your choice Type header OK button ]Referencing Data from an External WorkbookReference a Cell in a SeparateWorkbook[ Open both workbooks Click into the cell into which you want to insertthe reference Type an equals sign “ ” Click on the taskbar button forthe other worksheet Click in the cell that you want to reference Clickthe check mark on the Formula bar ]Manage Linked WorkbooksOpening a linked workbook will prompt a warning dialog box asking youto authorize the update. Workbooks will remain linked as long as thefilename and the storage location of the linked workbook are not changed.MC-NPL Computer Lab 1001 Powell St Norristown, PA 19401(610) 278-5100 x141 mcnplcomputerlab@gmail.com www.mc-npl.orgRevised: 6/8/2015Page 5 of 5

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