Excel 2013

Basic, MOS Edition

Frequently asked questions and instructor notes

Topic A0:   Classroom setup

All our courses assume hat 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:

·   A keyboard and a mouse

·   1 GHz processor (or faster)

·   1 GB RAM (or higher)

·   2 GB of available hard disk space after operating system install

·   CD or DVD drive

·   SVGA monitor at 1024 × 768 or higher resolution

Software requirements

You will need the following software:

·   Microsoft Windows 7

·   Microsoft Office 2013 (minimally, you can install only Excel)

·   Adobe Reader

·   A printer driver (An actual printer is not required, but students will not be able to complete Activity A-3 in the “Printing” unit unless a printer driver is 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 also use Windows Vista or Windows XP, but the screenshots in this course were taken in Windows 7, so students’ screens will look different.

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

3   Display file extensions and hidden files.

a   Open Control Panel.

b   Click Appearance and Personalization.

c   Under Folder Options, click Show hidden files and folders.

d   On the View tab, ensure that Show hidden files, folders, or drives is selected.

e   Clear the Hide extensions for known files types check box.

f    Click OK, and close Control Panel.

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

a   When prompted, accept the License Agreement. Then, click Continue.

b   On the next screen, click Customize.

c   Click the Installation Options tab, if necessary.

d   For Microsoft Office Excel, Office Shared Features, and Office Tools, click the 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 2013 installer, click Close.

5   Install Adobe Reader.

a   In your browser, go to http://get.adobe.com/reader/.

b   Click Download.

c   If a notification appears at the top of the browser window, click it and choose Run Add-on.

6   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.

7   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   On the First things first screen, select “Ask me later” and click Accept.

d   Close the Welcome screen.

8   Disable Protected View settings for Excel as follows:

a   Open a new blank workbook.

b   On the File tab, click Options.

c   Select Trust Center and click Trust Center Settings.

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

e   Click OK twice to save the settings. Close Excel.

9   Start Adobe Reader and accept the license agreement. Then, close the Reader.


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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