Our Other Excel Tutorials: 2016, 2013, 2007, 2003, 1997
By Denise Etheridge
You can use this free online tutorial to learn Microsoft Excel 97. Click here to start. If you are using a a more recent version of Excel, click here for our Excel 2003/2002 tutorial or click here for our Excel 2007 tutorial.
Lesson 1: Getting Familiar with Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Excel is an electronic spreadsheet that runs on a personal computer. You can use it to organize your data into rows and columns. You can also use it to perform mathematical calculations quickly. This tutorial teaches Microsoft Excel basics. Although knowledge of
how to navigate in a Windows environment is helpful, this tutorial was
created for the computer novice. This lesson will introduce you to the Excel window. You use the window to interact with Excel.
Lesson 2: Entering Text
A major strength of Excel is that you can perform mathematical calculations and format your data. In this lesson, you learn how to perform basic mathematical calculations and how to format text and numerical data.
Lesson 3: Numbers and Mathematical Calculations
By using functions, you can quickly and easily make many useful calculations, such as finding an average, the highest number, the lowest number, and a count of the number of items in a list. Microsoft Excel has many functions you can use. This lesson teaches you how to use functions.
Lesson 4: Creating Your First Worksheet
In previous lessons, you learned the fundamentals of Excel. This lesson teaches you how to put it all together.
