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What information is typically covered by a basic Microsoft Excel tutorial?

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A basic Microsoft Excel 2013 tutorial typically covers topics such as basic math, creating a chart, creating a workbook, locking panes and using cell references. Additional topics cover AutoFill, Flash Fill, adding or subtracting time, averaging numbers, and inserting headers and footers.

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Excel is a powerful spreadsheet program invented by Microsoft and forms part of the Microsoft Office suite of applications that also includes Word and PowerPoint. Excel can do calculations from basic arithmetic to sophisticated statistical functions via user-inputted formulas. It also features extensive graphing tools, pivot tables and the macro programming language Visual Basic for Applications.

The Microsoft website offers basic and advanced training courses, videos and tutorials on the use of Excel 2013 as of 2015. Its "Add Numbers in Excel 2013" video tutorial teaches users how to add numbers with the use of formulas, buttons and functions such as the SUM and SUMIF. Its "Basic Math in Excel" tutorial shows users how Excel can work as a calculator, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing with the use of formulas and functions. Charts show data in a visual manner, making analysis fast and easy. Freeze and lock functions allows users to keep column headings and row titles always visible when navigating a large spreadsheet.

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