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Microsoft Excel is a powerful program which is used to analyze and present data, perform calculations, and much more. Microsoft Excel has hundreds of commands for working with different scenarios. To make it easier for users to find the specific commands they are looking for, commands are organized onto eight main tabs:

  1. HOME. The HOME tab includes commands for formatting worksheets, cells and data and commands for inserting and deleting columns and rows.
  2. INSERT. Use the INSERT tab to insert tables, illustrations, charts, links, sparklines, headers & footers, custom text and symbols, and more.
  3. PAGE LAYOUT. Use the PAGE LAYOUT tab to change your margins, change the page background, change the page orientation, and more.
  4. FORMULAS. Use the FORMULAS tab to browse and select formulas and functions, to define names, to audit formulas, and more.
  5. DATA. Use the DATA tab to access external data, to sort & filter, to access data tools, to group cells together, to add subtotals, and more.
  6. REVIEW. Use the REVIEW tab to check spelling, add comments, protect your worksheet or workbook, and more.
  7. VIEW. Use the VIEW tab to change your workbook view, show or hide gridlines, headings, the formula bar and the ruler, arrange windows, freeze panes, zoom in or out, and more.
  8. ADD-INS. You may or may not see the ADD-INS tab. This tab shows up after you install and activate your first Add-In. Add-Ins are beyond the scope of this course.

Note that the FILE menu is not the same as a tab. The FILE menu takes you to the Backstage view, where you manage, rather than make changes to, your workbook.