Excel Basics

Getting started with Excel

Excel is used by millions of people around the world. Excel can be used for personal use or business.
Excel has grown over the years. Whether you are using it for simple task or more complicated task, excel is a great tool to have around.

This Excel Basics section will cover 3 things:
1. Customizing the Ribbon.
2. Adding/Summing Cells.
3. List of commonly used shortcut keys in Excel.


1. Ribbon:
The excel ribbon is located at the top of your excel spreadsheet. The ribbon can be customized to your needs.


To customize the ribbon, click anywhere in the ribbon. Then click on “Customize the Ribbon”:


When the customize ribbon box pulls up, you can move commands from the left side of the box to the right side of the box.



2. Adding/Summing Cells:
There are 2 different ways that you can add cells together. The first example uses a formula that adds each cell together. We will be adding cells C1, D1 & E1. The answer will be in cell F1


The other way to add the cells together is to use the SUM function. This will be the most useful way of adding multiple cells together that are in a straight row or straight column.


So, in the first example, we entered =C1+D1+E1 into the F1 cell
In the second example, we entered =SUM(C1:E1) into the F1 cell


3. 20 Commonly Used Excel Keyboard Shortcuts:

20 Excel Keyboard Shortcuts For New Users

KeysImage Of KeysDescription
Ctrl + ASelect all contents of a worksheet.
Ctrl + BBold all selected cells.
Ctrl + CCopy all selected cells.
Ctrl + FSearch current sheet.
Ctrl + HFind and replace.
Ctrl + NCreates a new workbook.
Ctrl + OOpens a workbook.
Ctrl + PPrint the current sheet.
Ctrl + SSaves the open worksheet.
Ctrl + UUnderlines all selected cells.
Ctrl + VPastes what you previously copied.
Ctrl + WCloses the current workbook.
Ctrl + ZUndo the last action.
Ctrl + EndMove to last cell on worksheet.
Ctrl + HomeMove to cell A1.
Ctrl + PageDownMove to the sheet tab to the right.
Ctrl + PageUpMove to the sheet tab to the left.
F1Opens the help menu.
F2Edits the selected cell.
TabMove to the next cell on the right.
This is a list of 20 keyboard shortcuts that are commonly used in excel.