Perfecting Your Microsoft Excel Skills

Published: 30th April 2010
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As Microsoft prepares to release the next installment in its powerful suite of office software, Microsoft Office 2010, the demand for training tools and courses geared toward the new program has begun to swell. Because the program plays such an important role as an industry standard, both in the business world and in most school systems around the country, countless people and their jobs are affected by this release. Those who are able to adapt the most quickly to the change in program protocol will have an edge that is dearly needed in the current job market.

Levels Of Expertise

Microsoft Excel, like the entire office suite, is designed to be a relatively easy computer program for the layperson to simply pick up and begin using. This is why the much derided "helpful paperclip" character exists, after all, to guide beginners through the basic functions of inputting and manipulating data in Excel. Many people, however, never get beyond this basic level of competency to become truly familiar with and adept at utilizing the program. This is truly unfortunate since a program like Excel is designed to have many different layers of functions in order to maximize its potential to assist the user with their data. This is what makes the program so useful in so many different types of fields, from the laboratory to the office to the bank to the school.

A Variety Of Options

Fortunately for those who do want to improve their Excel literacy, there are many different ways to do so. Microsoft Office programs should all come with a basic tutorial as well as a 'help' function that can get users through a tight spot, but there are also all sorts of classes and training programs available to you as well. There are corporate training sessions for businesses that need to get all of their employees up to speed at once. These take place within the business's chosen parameters. If you are learning on your own time, you can choose to take a class at a physical location like the local college or learning center or you can opt to take your classes online. Online classes are often more flexible, which can be extremely useful if you need to proceed at your own pace, whereas physical classrooms offer stability to the student who needs personal assistance and structure. No matter what you need, there's an Excel course out there for you today.

Rachel Reed is a business analyst who is currently researching Microsoft Excel Courses to increase staff productivity.

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