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Excel Introduction Training Course

One day (09:30 to 16:30 UK time each day)

This course is available in the following formats (all prices exclude VAT):


You can book a place on this course either online through this website, by phone, by email or by filling in our enquiry form.

You should not attend this course if you're not already comfortable using Windows. The course uses Excel 365, although it will also be relevant for those using Excel 2016 or 2019.

Course schedule

Here are our next few Excel Introduction course dates:

Dates Times Venue Price (excl. VAT)
29 Jul 09:30-16:30 Online £495 Book
12 Aug 09:30-16:30 Online £495 Book
06 Sep 09:30-16:30 Manchester £675 Book
11 Sep 09:30-16:30 Online £495 Book
11 Oct 09:30-16:30 Online £495 Book
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Got a handful of like-minded people in your organisation? You could consider booking your own customised onsite course, whereby you get to pick the dates and venue!

Course Contents - PDF

Excel Introduction training course contents

This online course will give you a gentle introduction to Microsoft's ever-popular spreadsheet program.  You'll learn how to:

  • Get started with creating spreadsheets in Excel

  • Create and copy basic formulae

  • Format your worksheets so that they look more interesting

  • Print out your work; and

  • Create basic charts to illustrate your figures

You don't need any experience to attend this course, although you should be comfortable using Windows and a mouse. 

The contents of this course are as follows:

Excel basics

  • Numbers, text and dates
  • Moving around
  • Selecting cells
  • Working with files
  • Moving and copying

Creating formulae

  • Understanding BODMAS and brackets
  • AutoSum (totals and other functions)
  • Using the function wizard

Formatting worksheets

  • Inserting/deleting rows/columns
  • Fonts, colours and alignment
  • Boxes, lines and shading
  • Simple number formats
  • Using the Format Painter

Basic printing

  • Using print preview
  • Margins and orientation
  • Scaling (fitting to a page)
  • Printing the selected cells


  • Inserting/deleting sheets
  • Moving and copying sheets
  • Moving between sheets
  • Linking sheets with formulae

Charts   if time

  • Selecting data
  • Quick ways to create charts
  • Changing the chart type
  • Formatting and printing charts

Cell comments   if time

  • Adding and editing comments
  • Printing comments
Please see further up this page for what you should know beforehand (if anything) in order to attend this course.

Why Choose Us?

Here are some reasons to choose Wise Owl courses:

In addition, here are some benefits unique to classroom training:

And some benefits specific to online training:

  • Courseware manual posted to you in advance
  • Free half-hour pre-course check-up included
  • Our clever system means you can use our laptops (and we can see them)

What other people have said

Our thanks to everyone who agreed to share their thoughts. All of the following reviews are from the last 3 calendar years:

"Our trainer was extremely knowledgeable about SQL (and movies!) and was always keen and able to answer any of our questions with expert detail. It was a pleasure to interact with him and he was very welcoming. I would gladly take another course with Wise Owl in the future."

Conor Fegan (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC))

"This course was very useful and helpful for the work that we will be undertaking at the council in the future. Our trainer was very knowledgeable, very helpful and delivered the course at a very good pace. He was able to answer any questions I had and was able to advise on how we are using the system for our performance data. Will definitely be doing another course with you in the future. I have previously done the Introduction to SQL course, so wanted to expand my knowledge further and learn how I could implement all the different techniques into our own system. I will be exploring the Power BI courses once we are in a position to do so."

Scott Lea (City of Lincoln Council)

"Our trainer was engaging, friendly, professional, helpful and informative."

Terrie Hall (Volumatic Ltd)

"Honestly the best training I've been on in ages. Firstly, the course was delivered and pitched perfectly, walking us through step by step and taking the time to guide and explain when we went wrong or needed some additional advise. Secondly, our trainer is incredibly personable interacting and engaging with each person on the course and finally the course was perfectly structured. We all either had a very basic understanding or no experience with Power BI, but left with a sense of excitement about what we can create with this new knowledge/tool. 110% on point, thank you very much!"

Jared Davies (Renault Trucks UK & Ireland)

"Course was well structured and very informative."

Ryan McNally (APSE Manchester)

There are lots more where these came from (or just refresh this page to change the quotes shown).

How our training courses work

Below are some notes on how Wise Owl courses work, to help you decide whether they're for you or not.

What you'll need

If you book on a classroom course, the only thing you need to bring to the course is ... yourself! We even provide a notepad and a suprisingly nice pen for you to take notes with.

For online training you'll need two things:

  1. A good internet connection (otherwise you'll have a frustrating time); and
  2. A second screen (a requirement, not a nice-to-have!)

You can see full details of our online course requirements here.

When you book a place

If you book a place on one of our courses:

  • For classroom courses we will send out a joining email. That's it!
  • For online courses we will get in touch to organise a half-hour pre-course check to iron out any connection problems before the course (rather than during it).

Whatever type of course you book, we will also send you out a reminder a few days before the course is due to take place - not that (we hope) you'll have forgotten!

What you won't need

For classroom training, you won't need a computer - we (obviously) will provide that. However, you're welcome to use your own laptop if you prefer, providing that you have the correct software installed.

For online training you will need a computer, but you won't need to have any software installed.  This is because you'll use Windows Remote Desktop to connect to our computers, and these will have all of the necessary files and software installed.

The start of the course

For online courses you will be able to join up to half an hour before the course begins. This will give you time to:

  • familiarise yourself with the set-up;
  • meet your trainer; and
  • get to know the other delegates!

For classroom training it's always nice if people arrive a bit early too, to give people time to meet each other (and drink coffee).

You'll be given a full colour courseware manual, an exercise booklet to go with the course and a USB stick for taking course files away (we'll post all this to you for online courses).

After the course

After the course finishes you'll receive a digital certificate proving your attendance (we will gladly send a paper copy on request also).

We don't have any formal arrangement for answering questions after the course, but if you get stuck on something and email your trainer they should (and nearly always do!) respond as quickly as their training schedule allows.

Related Courses

You might like to consider these related courses:

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