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  • Published:
    22 February 2011
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  • Audiences:
    Information workers
  • Technology:
    Microsoft Office 2010 suites
  • Credit towards certification:
    Microsoft Office Specialist

Excel 2010 Expert

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Skills measured

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

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Sharing and maintaining workbooks
  • Apply workbook settings, properties and data options
    • Setting advanced properties; saving a workbook as a template; importing and exporting XML data
  • Apply protection and sharing properties to workbooks and worksheets
    • Protecting the current sheet; protecting the workbook structure; restricting permissions; requiring a password to open a workbook
  • Maintain shared workbooks
    • Merging workbooks; setting Track Changes options

Preparation resources

Applying formulas and functions
  • Audit formulas
    • Tracing formula precedents, dependents and errors; locating invalid data or formulas; correcting errors in formulas
  • Manipulate formula options
    • Setting iterative calculation options; enabling or disabling automatic workbook calculation
  • Perform data summary tasks
    • Using an array formula; using a SUMIFS function
  • Apply functions in formulas
    • Finding and correcting errors in functions; applying arrays to functions; using Statistical, Date and Time, Financial, Text and Cube functions

Preparation resources

Presenting data visually
  • Apply advanced chart features
    • Using Trend lines, Dual axes, chart templates and Sparklines
  • Apply data analysis
    • Using automated analysis tools; performing What-If analysis
  • Apply and manipulate PivotTables
    • Manipulating PivotTable data; using the slicer to filter and segment your PivotTable data in multiple layers
  • Apply and manipulate PivotCharts
    • Creating, manipulating and analysing PivotChart data
  • Demonstrate how to use the slicer
    • Choosing data sets from external data connections

Preparation resources

Working with macros and forms
  • Create and manipulate macros
    • Running a macro; running a macro when a workbook is opened; running a macro when a button is clicked; recording an action macro; assigning a macro to a command button; creating a custom macro button on the Quick Access Toolbar; applying modifications to a macro
  • Insert and manipulate form controls
    • Inserting form controls; setting form properties

Preparation resources

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Who should take this exam?

Expert-level Microsoft Office Excel 2010 users are able to efficiently and confidently use Excel 2010 software at the feature and functionality levels. Expert users are proficient with advanced formulas, functions and data analysis tools. Expert users can manipulate data for analysis, presentation and collaboration. In addition, expert users can manipulate Excel options to customise their environment to meet varying needs and enhance their productivity.

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This preparation guide is subject to change at any time without prior notice and at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Microsoft exams might include adaptive testing technology and simulation items. Microsoft does not identify the format in which exams are presented. Please use this preparation guide to prepare for the exam, regardless of its format. To help you prepare for this exam, Microsoft recommends that you have hands-on experience with the product and that you use the specified training resources. These training resources do not necessarily cover all of the topics listed in the "Skills measured" section.