How to compare Excel and Excel Online

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What is the difference between Excel 2016 and Excel Online, Microsoft’s free online spreadsheet program? In about 10 minutes, learn how they compare, including:

00:00 – Overview of both tools
01:45 – OneDrive requirements
02:20 – Excel Online vs. Excel 2016 comparison of ribbon interface (Home, Insert, Layout, Data, and Review) and basic features on each.
05:10 – How features are implemented – Insert / Chart example
07:45 – OneDrive and Collaboration
08:15 – Cost differences and Microsoft Accounts, Excel Functions

This video is narrated by the author of Excel Basics In 30 Minutes.

How to export a PDF from Excel

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In less than 3 minutes, learn how to take an .xls or .xlsx file and export a PDF from an Excel 2016 for Windows and macOS (part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite) using two export methods. This can be useful for restricting editing on a spreadsheet or sharing an Excel file with someone who does not have Excel 2016 or the Excel app for Android or iOS. The Excel 2016 PDF export tutorial can help Excel power users, accountants, bookkeepers, MBA students, and others save time using Excel. The video is narrated by the author of Excel Basics In 30 Minutes.

How to edit Excel files in Google Sheets using Office Compatibility Mode

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If you don’t own Microsoft Excel, it is still possible to perform limited editing of MS Excel spreadsheets inside of Google Sheets using Office Compatibility Mode. This short video (less than 5 minutes) explains the special Chrome Extension required to use Office Compatibility Mode, and then shows how to edit Excel files in Sheets, using as an example an .xlsx file inside of Google Sheets. The narrator is Ian Lamont, author of the top-selling Excel Basics In 30 Minutes and Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes.

How to print gridlines on Excel 2016 for Windows 10

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A reader of my Excel book wrote to me about a problem he had to print gridlines for Excel 2016 on Windows 10, which he installed after purchasing an Office 365 subscription. It’s a common problem as many options are buried deep within Excel’s settings. Here’s how to print gridlines using Excel 2016 for Windows 10:
  1. Open the Excel document.
  2. Go to Backstage View by clicking File.
  3. You will see a list of different print options. Scroll to the bottom and click the link that says Page Setup.
  4. The Page Setup pop-up will appear. There are four tabs. Click the one that says Sheet.
  5. Select the checkbox that says Gridlines.

Here’s the location of the checkbox:

Excel 2016 print gridlines Windows 10

Excel 2016 Cheat Sheet

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Readers of Excel Basics In 30 Minutes may be interested to know that publisher i30 Media offers a product that can help them get the most out of Microsoft’s powerful spreadsheet program: The Excel 2016 Cheat Sheet. The printed version of the Excel 2016 Cheat Sheet is available for purchase on Amazon (or bulk order 20 copies here). It is also available as a downloadable PDF. Read on for a full description!

Excel 2016 Cheat Sheet: What’s inside?

Excel 2016 Cheat Sheet and reference

The four-panel Excel 2016 Reference & Cheat Sheet contains tips, examples, and screenshots of basic Excel functions and features. In addition to covering Excel 2016 for Windows and Macs, the reference also covers Excel Online, Microsoft’s free Web-based spreadsheet program. Almost all of the instructions and examples also apply to Excel 2013. Topics include:

  • Excel 2016 vs Excel Online.
  • An overview of Microsoft’s Ribbon interface.
  • Annotated list of Home ribbon features and settings.
  • Creating and saving workbooks.
  • How to add, edit, and hide data.
  • How to import and export .txt, .csv, .tsv, and .xls files.
  • How to use static cell references.
  • Printing basics.
  • Examples of basic formulas, functions, and AutoFill.
  • How to perform simple math and calculate averages.
  • How to sort and filter data.
  • How to create a chart or graph.
  • Universal keyboard shortcuts for Excel 2016.

Note that the Excel 2016 Cheat Sheet does not cover advanced features of Excel 2016, the Excel mobile apps for tablets and phones, or other Microsoft Office/Office 365 applications.

The four-panel reference is printed on 8.5 by 11 inch high-quality card stock, perfect for desks, walls, and shelves. It has holes for three-ring binders.

The Excel 2016 Cheat Sheet was created by 30 Media, the publisher of the top-selling guides Excel Basics In 30 Minutes, Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes, and Dropbox In 30 Minutes. i30 Media has also published a Google Sheets Cheat Sheet.

The Excel 2016 Cheat Sheet is an independent publication and is not affiliated with Microsoft Corporation.

How to order the Excel 2016 Cheat Sheet

To order a printed copy of the Excel 2016 Cheat Sheet, visit Amazon. The PDF can be downloaded using this secure order form. There is also an option to purchase 20 copies of the printed Excel 2016 Cheat Sheet at 25% off the retail price, ground shipping included!

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More sample spreadsheet files from the Excel book

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I am posting a bunch of new spreadsheet files (Excel .xlsx format) that I described in Excel Basics In 30 Minutes. The files are useful for recreating situations described in the Excel book, such as creating simple functions (chapter 1), projecting earnings scenarios for our three coworkers Jennifer, Curtis, and Kara (chapter 2), as well as the autofill and human resources sorting exercises.

The following Dropbox links will download to your computer (or prompt you to upload the .xlsx files to your own Dropbox account). If you are prompted to use a specific app to open them, choose Microsoft Excel 2016, Excel 2013, Excel 2010, Excel 2007, or any recent version of the Excel app or Excel for Mac. You can also upload the files to a Google Drive account to open/convert in Google Sheets.

Chapter 1: Autosum example

Chapter 1: Formula example

Chapter 1: Creating a function

Chapter 1: Jennifer, Curtis and Kara in January

Chapter 2: Static earnings values for all three workers

Chapter 2: Alternate earnings scenario

Chapter 2: Total earnings, fixed

Ninja chapter: Autofill for all team members

Chapter 3: HR sorting example

Sample spreadsheet excel book .xlsx