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Microsoft Excel Course (Intermediate/Advanced) | Online or in Toronto

Microsoft Excel: Intermediate / Advanced (2 Day Training Course) | Online in Virtual Classroom Format or in Toronto

By Avantix Learning Inc.

When and where

Date and time

September 8, 2016 · 9am - December 14 · 9am EDT


Avantix Learning | Online Virtual Classroom or Toronto Classroom 250 Yonge Street Suite 2700 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Canada

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About this event

Microsoft® Excel® Intermediate/Advanced Course (Instructor-led)

Course Dates: April 19/20, 2023 (Virtual classroom or In-person) | May 8/9, 2023 (Virtual classroom or In-person) | Check for more dates (Virtual classroom or In-person)

Duration: 2 days - 9 am - 4 pm (ET)

Microsoft Excel Versions:  2013 | 2016 | 2019 | 2021 | 365 (Windows)

Delivery Methods (Instructor-led): In-person (live classroom) training or virtual classroom training

Course Fee: $495 CDN per person (Virtual classroom), $545 CDN per person (Bring your own device for live classroom courses) or $595 CDN per person + HST (Avantix Learning provides device for live classroom courses)*

Virtual Classroom: Virtual classroom courses are led by a live instructor and run from 9 am to 4 pm (Eastern Time) with a 15 minute break in the morning and in the afternoon and a 1 hour break for lunch.

In-person (Live Classroom) Course Location: Our live classroom courses are offered in downtown Toronto at the Toronto Eaton Centre or at 18 King Street East, Suite 1400, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (some Avantix Learning courses may be held at an alternate downtown Toronto location). Location will be confirmed when you register.

Learning Path: Level 2

Prerequisite: Microsoft Excel: Introduction or equivalent knowledge and skills.

Custom training: Available on request. Contact us to arrange a date.

Note: Public scheduled courses are delivered as live instructor-led classroom training or virtual classroom training (as indicated). Bring your own device rates apply to live classroom courses.

This hands-on Microsoft Excel training course is designed for the user who wants to move to the next level and focus on core competencies in Excel. Students will review common functions and key concepts and then move on to powerful conditional functions and tools including IF, SUMIF, COUNTIF, VLOOKUP and conditional formatting. Links will be created and managed between worksheets, workbooks and other programs. Students will review strategies to manage list or database data using filtering, sorting, subtotalling and validations. Using Excel data, charts will be generated and formatted and then a chart template will be created to save time. Students will also summarize list data using pivot tables and will create simple macros to automate repetitive tasks. Throughout this course, the instructor will include numerous tips, tricks and shortcuts. Key takeaways include a full course manual, Quick Reference Guide with keyboard shortcuts as well as sample and exercise files.

Course topics

Working Efficiently in the Microsoft Excel Environment

  • Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar
  • Setting important Excel options
  • Using keyboard shortcuts for navigating and selecting cells
  • Applying themes to automate formatting

Mastering Key Excel Concepts

  • Using absolute and relative referencing in formulas
  • Creating a formula with a mixed reference
  • Naming cells and cell ranges and using the names in formulas
  • Managing named cells and ranges using the Name Manager

Using Shortcuts for Entering Core Excel Functions

  • Using different strategies to quickly enter core Excel functions including SUM, AVERAGE, MIN and MAX
  • Counting cells with different types of data
  • Inserting the current static date or dynamic date
  • Extracting date information from cells containing dates using core date functions
  • Using keyboard shortcuts to insert and display formulas
  • Combining text strings in a formula

Using the IF and VLOOKUP Functions

  • Using the powerful IF function to output conditional results
  • Nesting the IF function within a longer expression
  • Creating formulas using SUMIF and COUNTIF
  • Looking up data from a list using the VLOOKUP function
  • Dealing with VLOOKUP errors

Applying Conditional Formatting

  • Highlighting key information using conditional formatting rules
  • Removing conditional formatting rules
  • Editing rules for icon sets
  • Writing formulas in conditional formatting rules

Protecting and Formatting Worksheets and Workbooks

  • Protecting worksheets and workbooks
  • Using cell styles and themes to speed up formatting in multiple worksheets

Linking Worksheets and Workbooks

  • Linking worksheets and workbooks using links in formulas
  • Managing and updating links
  • Importing linked and unlinked Excel data into other programs

Summarizing Cells or Ranges from Multiple Sheets

  • Understanding 3D references
  • Inserting formulas that extract totals from multiple sheets using 3D references
  • Considerations when inserting, moving and deleting sheets

Manipulating and Extracting List or Database Data

  • Using key strategies to set up  lists or databases correctly in Excel
  • Identifying the parts of a list or database
  • Inserting records on a worksheet or adding records using a data form
  • Sorting records using the Sort feature with multiple sort keys
  • Using a custom sort to sort records
  • Inserting subtotals using the Subtotal feature and using the Outline feature to display subtotals and grand totals
  • Applying filters with multiple criteria
  • Using custom criteria when filtering text, number and date fields
  • Setting up advanced filters for more complex filtering such as overcoming the two criteria custom filter maximum

Converting Data Sets to Tables

  • Why you should be using Excel tables
  • Converting lists to tables in 3 different ways
  • Creating formulas in tables
  • Displaying totals for filtered records
  • Converting tables back to normal ranges

Creating Drop-Down Lists Using Validations

  • Applying validations to ensure users enter the correct data in cells
  • Creating drop-down lists to make data entry easier and more accurate

Visualizing Data using Charts and Sparklines

  • Inserting charts on a spreadsheet or on a new Excel sheet
  • Applying chart formats to improve the appearance of your charts
  • Changing the chart type
  • Applying different types of formatting using various tips and tricks
  • Saving time by creating a chart template
  • Displaying trends using miniature charts in cells called Sparklines (in Excel 2010 and later)

Summarizing List Data using Pivot Tables

  • Creating pivot tables to summarize Excel list or database data
  • Rearranging fields in a pivot table
  • Applying formatting to pivot tables and fields
  • Filtering a pivot table
  • Creating a pivot chart
  • Updating or refreshing a pivot table
  • Applying filtering using Excel’s slicers (in Excel 2010 and later)
  • Adding a pivot table button to the Quick Access Toolbar

Automating Tasks using Simple Macros

  • Creating simple macros using the macro recorder to automate tasks
  • Viewing VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) code created by the macro recorder
  • Controlling macro security
  • Running a macro using different strategies
  • Writing keyboard shortcuts


Who will benefit

This course has been designed for Microsoft Excel users who have completed the Microsoft Excel: Introduction training or have equivalent knowledge and skills.

Can I bring my own device?

Absolutely! If you choose to bring your own device to a live classroom course, you will receive a reduced rate. Be sure to bring a power cord and a mouse is helpful.

What's included

Included in this course:

  • Comprehensive course manual
  • Keyboard shortcuts quick reference
  • Sample and exercise files
  • Refreshments (for classes conducted in Avantix Learning classrooms)
  • Certificate of completion
  • Follow-up email support

Related training

Microsoft Excel: Introduction

Microsoft Excel: Data Analysis with Functions, Dashboards and What-If Analysis Tools

Microsoft Excel: New and Essential Features and Functions in Excel 365

Microsoft Excel: Introduction to Power Query to Get and Transform Data

Microsoft Excel: Introduction to Power Pivot and Data Modelling

Microsoft Excel: Introduction to VBA (Visual Basic for Applications)

Microsoft Project: Introduction


More resources

How to Fill Blank Cells with Zeros, Dashes and Other Values in Excel >

10 Timesaving Excel Tricks and Shortcuts for Copying and Pasting >

How to Lock and Unlock Cells in Excel >

How to Freeze Row and Column Headings in Microsoft Excel >

How to Delete Blank Rows in Excel (5 Ways) >

About Avantix Learning courses

Avantix Learning offers live instructor-led classroom courses and virtual classroom courses allowing personal interaction between the students and the instructor. We specialize in small classes, typically ranging from 6 to 10 students to ensure an optimal student to instructor ratio.

Live classroom courses are offered in downtown Toronto at 18 King Street East, Suite 1400, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Some courses may also be offered at an alternate downtown Toronto location.

Virtual classroom courses are delivered online by a live instructor in a virtual classroom environment.

Our top-notch instructors have years of experience in the business world and students are encouraged to ask questions during our courses. Avantix Learning senior instructors have 15 or more years of experience. A complete profile of the instructor leading a specific course is available on request.


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About the organizer

Avantix Learning offers live instructor-led classroom courses in downtown Toronto or online in virtual classroom format. We specialize in small classes with top-notch instructors. Public courses are offered in our virtual classroom or at 18 King Street East, Suite 1400, Toronto, Ontario, Canada or at alternate downtown Toronto locations. Contact us at for more information about any of our courses.

From CA$559.35