5 Tips and Tricks for Beginners Using Microsoft Excel

Updated: May 23

Microsoft Excel is a fundamental business tool. Many use Excel to manage, report on, and illustrate data tables. Some, however, are not able to discern the full capabilities of using Excel. Whether a beginner or advanced user, Microsoft Excel is an excellent tool to incorporate into your business. That said, we created a refresher guide for quickly accessing functions in Microsoft Excel.

Here are 5 tips and tricks for beginners using Microsoft Excel:

1. Utilize Templates

Microsoft Excel offers several different templates to select from to help you brainstorm. For example, there are templates for planners and trackers, lists, budgets, charts, calendars, etc. The templates are a great tool to save time.

2. Exploring Tutorials

Are you having trouble using Excel? Don't worry; Microsoft Excel offers tutorials on using basic and advanced applications. Tutorials are found on the Home Page under the New section.

3. Select all cells in a spreadsheet

Do you need to make a change to your whole data set? To highlight all data, click the square in the upper left-hand corner of the workbook. You'll find it where the top rows and columns merge. (Also, Ctrl + A can be used to accomplish the same task).