Excel 2013

Advanced, MOS Edition

Frequently asked questions and instructor notes

Topic A0:   Classroom setup

All our courses assume that each student has a personal computer to use during the class. Our hands-on approach to learning requires that they do. This topic gives information on how to set up the classroom to teach this course.

Hardware requirements

Each student’s personal computer should have:

·   1 GHz or faster 32- or 64-bit processor

·   At least 1 GB of RAM

·   At least 2 GB hard-disk space after operating system install

·   Video adapter card compatible with DirectX 9 or newer, with at least 64 MB video memory

·   A keyboard and a mouse

·   SVGA monitor at 1024 × 768 or higher resolution

·   Printer (useful but not required)

·   DVD drive if you’ll be installing via disc

Software requirements

You will need the following software:

·   Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate

·   Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013

·   A printer driver (An actual printer is not required, but students will not be able to get an exact preview in Print Preview without a printer driver installed.)

Network requirements

The following network components and connectivity are also required for this course:

·   Internet access, for the following purposes:

–   Updating the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office 2013

–   Downloading the Student Data files from www.axzopress.com (if necessary)

Classroom setup instructions

Before you teach this course, you will need to perform the following steps to set up each student computer.

1   Install Windows 7 on an NTFS partition according to the software publisher’s instructions. After installation is complete, if the student machines have Internet access, use Windows Update to install any critical updates and service packs.

     Note: You can use Windows XP or Windows Vista, but the screen shots in this course were taken in Windows 7, so students’ screens might look different.

2   With a flat-panel display, we recommend using the panel’s native resolution for best results. Color depth/quality should be set to High (24 bit) or higher.

3   Install Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 according to the software manufacturer’s instructions, as follows:

a   Perform a custom installation of the software by clicking Customize on the installation screen.

b   Click the Installation Options tab, if necessary.

c   For Microsoft Office Excel, Office Shared Features, and Office Tools, click the drop-down arrow and choose “Run all from My Computer.”

d   Set all except the following to Not Available: Microsoft Office Excel, Office Shared Features, and Office Tools.

e   Click Install Now.

f    When the installation is complete, click Close.

4   Configure Windows Explorer to display file extensions, and show hidden files and folders.

5   Start Microsoft Office Excel 2013. Then do the following:

a   On the Activate Office screen, click Enter a product key instead.

b   Enter your product key and click Install.

c   When asked, choose not to sign in with a Microsoft account.

d   When prompted, choose to use recommended settings for updates.

6   Start Internet Explorer and configure it to use Recommended settings. If asked about Suggested Sites, choose “No, don’t turn on.” Close Internet Explorer.

7   If you have the data disc that came with this manual, locate the Student Data folder on it and copy it to the desktop of each student computer.

     If you don’t have the data disc, you can download the Student Data files for the course:

a   Connect to www.axzopress.com.

b   Under Downloads, click Instructor-Led Training.

c   Browse the subject categories to locate your course. Then click the course title to display a list of available downloads. (You can also access these downloads through our Catalog listings.)

d   Click the link(s) for downloading the Student Data files. You can download the files directly to student machines or to a central location on your own network.

e   Create a folder named Student Data on the desktop of each student computer.

f    Double-click the downloaded zip file(s) and drag the contents into the Student Data folder.


Topic B:   Frequently asked questions

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Topic C:   Course notes

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Topic D:   Additional information

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