Microsoft Excel: Core Functions (Part 2)

Microsoft Excel Training Series | Level 3

Course Details

Duration: 1/2 day (3 hours)

Microsoft® Excel® Versions: 2013 | 2016 | 2019 | 2021 | 365 (Windows)

Delivery Methods (Instructor-led): In-person (Live classroom) | Virtual classroom

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Timing: 9 am – 12 pm or 1 pm – 4 pm

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Course Overview

This hands-on Microsoft Excel course is designed for the user who wants to learn to use more advanced Excel features and functions including text functions, date functions, time functions, INDEX / MATCH functions, logical functions such as AND / OR, and IS functions. Students will also use some of these functions in conditional formatting. During this hands-on course, students will practice their skills and have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the instructor. Each student will also receive a full course manual with tips, tricks and shortcuts as well as sample and exercise files.

Prerequisite: Microsoft Excel: Core Functions (Part 1) or equivalent knowledge and skills.

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  • Comprehensive course manual or published book
  • Keyboard shortcuts quick reference
  • Sample and exercise files
  • Refreshments (for classes conducted in Avantix Learning classrooms)
  • Certificate of completion
  • Follow-up email support

Course Topics

Combining, Separating and Formatting Text Strings

  • Using text functions to manipulate text strings (8+ text functions)
  • Extracting text strings from from the left, middle or right of cells
  • Finding and replacing text using functions
  • Joining strings of text from two or more cells
  • Separating data into multiple columns using text functions
  • Changing case using text functions
  • Removing extra characters from data

Performing Date Calculations

  • Understanding how Excel interprets dates
  • Entering valid dates in Excel
  • Converting invalid dates into valid dates
  • Using date functions to manipulate dates (10+ date functions)
  • Extracting date increments from cells such as year, month and day
  • Calculating the number of days or working days between two dates
  • Calculating the date a specific number of working days from a date
  • Finding the last day in the current month or a future month
  • Creating calculations for fiscal months and quarters
  • Using conditional formatting to highlight data within specific date periods

Performing Time Calculations

  • Entering valid times in Excel
  • Understanding how Excel interprets times
  • Calculating the difference between times
  • Working with hours and minutes


  • Combining INDEX and MATCH functions as an alternative to VLOOKUP
  • Benefits of INDEX and MATCH
  • Using the CHOOSE function vs VLOOKUP

Using AND, OR and IS Functions

  • Using AND and OR functions in expressions and conditional formatting
  • Using IS functions to test for cell values

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Upcoming Training
Microsoft Excel: Core Functions (Part 2) Course - Online in virtual classroom format or in-person in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Avantix Learning, 18 King Street East, Suite 1400,Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
Next course starts
July 1, 2023
Next course ends
July 1, 2024
Microsoft Excel Core Functions (Part 2) training course online in virtual classroom format or in-person in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This instructor-led Excel course is designed for 365, 2021, 2019, 2016, and 2013. In-person classes are delivered in downtown Toronto or arrange custom virtual or onsite training at your location. Virtual classroom courses are available to our clients in Toronto, Mississauga, Scarborough, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Ottawa, London, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Vancouver, Victoria, Surrey, Burnaby, Richmond, Winnipeg, Halifax and across Canada and the United States.

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