Excel 2010:

Intermediate, 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 2010

·   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 2010

   Downloading workbook and chart templates from Microsoft Office Online (If online templates are not available, students will not be able to complete Activity B-4 in the unit titled “Advanced charting” or Activity B‑1 in the unit titled “Templates and settings.”)

   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 2010 according to the software manufacturer’s instructions, as follows:

a   When prompted for the CD key, enter the code included with your software and click Continue.

b   On the next screen, click Customize.

c   Click the Installation Options tab.

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

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

f    Click Install Now.

g   On the last screen of the Office 2010 installer, click Continue Online. Internet Explorer displays the Office Online Web site, and the installer window closes.

h   On the Office Online Web page, click the Downloads tab. Download and install any available updates.

i    Close Internet Explorer.

4   Configure Windows Explorer to show hidden files and folders.

5   Start Microsoft Office Excel 2010. Then do the following: 

a   Activate the software, if prompted. After activation, the Welcome to the 2010 Microsoft Office System dialog box appears.

b   Select “Don’t make changes” and click Finish.

6   Disable Protected View settings for Excel as follows:

a   On the File tab, click Options.

b   Select Trust Center and click Trust Center Settings.

c   Select Protected View and clear “Enable Protected View for files originating from the Internet.”

d   Click OK twice to save settings. Close Excel.

7   Start Internet Explorer and configure it to use Express Settings. When asked about Suggested Sites, choose “No, don’t turn on.” Close Internet Explorer.

8   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.

CertBlaster software

CertBlaster pre- and post-assessment software is available for this course. To download and install this free software, students should complete the following steps:

1   Go to www.axzopress.com.

2   Under Downloads, click CertBlaster.

3   Click the link for Excel 2010.

4   Save the .EXE file to a folder on your hard drive. (Note: If you skip this step, the CertBlaster software will not install correctly.)

5   Click Start and choose Run.

6   Click Browse and navigate to the folder that contains the .EXE file.

7   Select the .EXE file and click Open.

8   Click OK and follow the on-screen instructions. When prompted for the password, enter c_xl2010.


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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