Follow this roadmap of training and Help topics to learn how to use Microsoft Excel for Mac 2011 in a systematic, step-by-step approach.

1. Become familiar with Excel

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Whether you’re brand new to Excel for Mac 2011 or need a refresher, this video provides an overview of essential concepts to help you become productive quickly.

This step-by-step tutorial covers the same concepts as in the Excel basics video, only using text and images.

Get familiar with the Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 ribbon, which combines the Formatting Palette and Elements Gallery from previous versions of Office, giving you quick and convenient access to the features and tools that you use the most.

Learn how to find templates for budgets, lists, reports and more by using the Excel Workbook Gallery.

2. Work with sheets and data

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Work with cells, rows, and columns.

Use the Paste Special command to copy and paste special cell contents or attributes.

Keep column headings visible while you scroll.

Change the width of columns so that you can see all the data in cells.

Display only those sheets that you want to appear in your workbook.

Prevent unauthorized changes, moves, or deletions of important data.

Change the appearance of cells based on certain criteria, for example, all cell values in the top 10% of a range.

3. Work with functions, formulas, and lists

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Learn the elements of a formula as well as how to enter a formula on a sheet.

Create and use simple formulas and functions to do basic mathematical calculations.

Learn about the different kinds of operators (for example, +, -, /, and *) and the order in which they are applied.

Learn the difference between relative and absolute cell references and how to switch between them.

Automatically complete common lists, such as the months of the year or the days of the week.

Arrange a list alphabetically or numerically, and filter a list to show specific items.

Use Excel Tables to quickly sort, filter, and format worksheet data.

4. Work with charts and graphics

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Learn the basics of charts, including the elements of a chart, which chart is appropriate for your data, and how to apply chart layouts and styles.

Add chart and axis titles, change the axis scale, add data labels, and more.

Use error bars to indicate potential error amounts in relation to each data point.

Watch this short overview on how to use sparklines, which are small charts inside of cells, to reveal data trends.

Add pictures or clip art to a worksheet by using the Media Browser.

5. Analyze, share, and collaborate

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Watch this short overview on how to use Pivot Tables to quickly summarize and analyze large amounts of data.

Learn the two different ways to create a Pivot Table and how to use the Pivot Table Builder to add, move, and arrange fields.

Create a projection based on an existing series of data.

Watch this short overview on how to open and edit workbooks that are saved on Windows Live SkyDrive directly from Excel for Mac 2011.

Use Excel for Mac 2011 to check out a SharePoint file so that only you can make changes.

6. Explore other useful resources

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Use this visual, interactive guide to find where Excel 2008 commands are located in Excel 2011

See the full list of keyboard shortcuts, organized into logical categories.

Rearrange, show, and hide tabs on the ribbon.

See a list of known issues as well as potential workarounds.

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