Data Samples

Download and unzip the appropriate file to use during the workshops. To download the file, right-click the file name and then select “Save Link As …” to save to the desktop or downloads folder. To unzip the file, right-click the file name (after it has been downloaded to your computer), and then select “Extract All.”

Double-click to open the file in Excel. It will likely open in Protected View, so click on ‘Enable Editing’ to edit the workbook.

Introduction to Excel: IntroExcelApril26SampleWorkbook

Excel Essentials: ExcelEssentialsSamples_Nov16

Excel Data Visualization and Pivot Tables (two workbooks): Excel_Samples_Nov_30_2017

Help Resources

  • This one-page guide is useful to remember commands and shortcuts. This company also provides guides for other Microsoft Office products.Excel-2016-quick-reference-sheet
  • training. provides short training videos on an astonishing number of software and productivity tools. We have a campus agreement with, so after clicking on the link, sign in with your username and password.

Introduction to Excel: This course introduces Excel, but also shows how to use Vlookup and Solver. Pick and choose the videos that will help you with your project.

Advanced use of Excel 2016: These courses expand upon the introductory course, and present more advanced functions and features.

Workshop Dates

Excel Essentials: November 16, 2017 at 2 pm, classroom B02, Raether Library

  • Tables vs Ranges
  • Subtotals
  • Text functions
  • Advanced functions (IF, VLOOKUP, COUNTIF, Goal Seek, Solver)
  • Date conversions

Data Visualization in Excel: November 30, 2017 at 2 pm, classroom B02, Raether

  • How to work with multiple worksheets
  • How to build graphs and traditional charts
  • Line-bar combination charts and interactive charts
  • Pivot tables to create summaries
  • Integrating multiple data sources in a dashboard
  • Creating basic infographics
  • (Prerequisite:  Proficiency manipulating data in Excel or the Excel Essentials workshop)

Introduction to Excel: no workshops Fall 2017

  • Workbook vs. worksheet
  • File management
  • Navigation and toolbars
  • Cells – references and formatting
  • Simple formulas and autofill
  • Sorting (and tables)
  • Filtering
  • Find and replace
  • Conditional formatting
  • Data validation