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Bottom of Form1,300+ developer, IT admin courses - unlimited access - starting at $29/monthSIGN UP NOW Categories:HomeNewsTips and TutorialsCareerCertificationsLearning PathsFree Computer Training VideosDecember 5, 20075 Things You Need to Know How To Do in Excel 2007ByKasia LorencAs Bill mentioned in his post onExcel 2007 keyboard shortcuts, Microsoft Excel can be used for a variety of tasks. I use it for nearly all of my information. My finances, to-do lists, any and all record keeping, and anything that has to do with numbers its all neatly stored in Excel spreadsheets, where I can do speedy calculations, easily sort and filter out the data, make quick graphs, and so much more.So if youre ready to start usingExcel 2007here are top 5 things you need to know how to do.5. How to Insert and Delete Rows, Columns, Cells and Worksheets in Excel 2007As in most Microsoft applications, theres at least a couple of ways to do the same thing. In Excel 2007, the top part of the screen is called theRibbonand that is where you can perform most, if not all tasks for Excel.So first make sure that youre on theHometab on the Ribbon:

Next, locate the box thats labeledCellswhich is located on the right side on the Home tab:

To insert a worksheet, row, column, or cell click on the down arrow underInsertand select the appropriate task. Yup its that easy!

The only thing you have to remember is that the column or row that youre inserting will go to the left and above the selected cell, respectively. So for example if Im inC 3before I click on insert row:

My new row will be inserted above my selected cell (notice the blue row is moved down):

The same thing goes for columns, the new one will be inserted to the left of the selected cell. When youre inserting cells, you have the option to shift cells to the right or down, or to insert an entire row or column:

Deleting is very similar to inserting. All you have to do is click on the down arrow underDeleteand select the appropriate task:

And again, what youre deleting is what you have selected. Its this simple!As I mentioned before, theres two ways of doing things in Excel, so heres another way you can insert and delete. Simply right click and select either Insert or Delete:

For either one of the actions, youll be prompted with a dialogue box that will let you insert and delete cells, rows, and columns:

To insert or delete a worksheet, right click on the worksheet tab on the bottom and select the appropriate task:

And if youve read Bill Bullocks article last week, you already know that you can also use a keyboard shortcut for inserting a new worksheet:ALT+SHIFT+F1If youre interested in learning other keyboard shortcuts check out Bills article on thebest Excel 2007 keyboard shortcuts.4. How to Adjust the Width and Height of Rows and Columns in Excel 2007Adjusting the width and height of columns and rows is very simple. You can do it by dragging the row or column until it reaches the desired height and width. All you have to do is left click on the edge of the column or row (as pointed out by the red arrow in the image below) and drag the whole column or row until the desired size is reached!

If you want to adjust more than one column or row at a time, first highlight the rows or columns you want to adjust, then right click and select eitherRow Height(as seen below) orColumn Width depending on what youre doing.

A small dialogue box will pop up where you can enter the desired height/width:

3. How to Use Quick Sort in Excel 2007The quick sort function lets you organize and arrange your data so that its easier to analyze. TheSortfunction is located on your Home tab in the box labeledEditing. Clicking on the down arrow, youre given three sort options:Sort A to Z, Sort Z to A,andCustom Sort:

The custom sort option allows you to select the column you want to sort, and then further select how you want your data to be sorted. The Order column lets you select from four custom lists, and you can create your own list with your own, unique information:

2. How to Use the Filter Option in Excel 2007The Filter option is located under the same option as the Quick Sort option in the Editing box on the Home tab of your Ribbon. Filtering allows you to select specific parts of your data to help you with analyzing.So start by highlighting the columns you want to filter and select filter. Youll notice that the columns you selected will now have drop boxes in the headings:

Now, if I want to look at the sales numbers for a particular year, all I have to do is click on the appropriate arrow box, and select the information I want to look at (and remember, you can select more than one!):

1. How to Use Freeze Panes in Excel 2007Freeze Panes is one of my favorite features because it allows you to select your view very easily. For example, you want to see the top row at all times even when you scroll way down to the bottom of your spreadsheet you can do it by freezing the top row.Heres what you need to do. Go to yourViewtab and locate theFreeze Panesoption, located in theWindowbox. Youll be given three freezing options:Freeze Top Row, Freeze First Column,orFreeze the selected Panes which is based on your current selection.

Freezing the top row and the first column is effortless all you have to do is select the option, but to freeze your own selection, you need to pay attention to which cell youve selected.For example, if you want to freeze the top row and the first column, make sure that youre inB 2 right below the top row and next to the first column before you click on Freeze Panes. The frozen panes will be marked with a black line:

To unfreeze panes, simply go back to the freeze panes option and select unfreeze panes:

I hope this information was helpful to all the new Excel 2007 users out there. If you have specific Excel 2007 questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.About the Author

Kasia LorencKasia Lorencserved as the editor-in-chief of the TrainSignal blog from 2007 - 2012. In addition to covering a variety of topics, including IT certification, training and technology news, Kasia was also responsible for the content strategy and website management at TrainSignal. You can connect with Kasia on Twitter@kasialorenc.


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