Centre for Continuing Education

Microsoft Office Course: Essentials

Microsoft Office. All the office productivity tools you need.

This short course will allow you to become productive by acquiring a basic understanding of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Outlook, and teach you to share data between these applications.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • minimise, maximise, move and resize windows
  • start Microsoft Office applications and work with the Microsoft Office interface
  • create documents in Microsoft Word
  • create workbooks in Microsoft Excel
  • create presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint
  • access and work with calendars in Microsoft Outlook
  • work with and use contacts in Microsoft Outlook
  • work with and use tasks in Microsoft Outlook
  • share data between Microsoft Office applications.


At home in Microsoft Office

  • Understanding Microsoft Office
  • Starting Microsoft Office applications
  • A typical application screen
  • Working with screen features
  • Understanding dialog boxes
  • Launching dialog boxes
  • The office button
  • Understanding how help works
  • Accessing the help window
  • Browsing for help
  • Returning to the home page
  • Using the help table of contents
  • Other sources of help
  • Exiting from Microsoft Office applications
  • At home in Microsoft Office quick reference

Word processing in Microsoft Word

  • Understanding word processing
  • Creating documents in word
  • Starting Microsoft Word
  • Using the blank document template
  • Typing text into a document
  • Saving your new document
  • Typing numbers into your document
  • Inserting a date into your document
  • Making basic changes to your document
  • Checking the spelling in your document
  • Saving changes to an existing document
  • Printing your document
  • Safely closing your document
  • Word processing quick reference

Spreadsheets in Microsoft Excel

  • How spreadsheets work
  • Spreadsheet functionality
  • Starting Microsoft Excel
  • Understanding workbooks
  • Using the blank workbook template
  • Typing text into a worksheet
  • Saving your new workbook
  • Typing numbers into a worksheet
  • Typing simple formulas in a worksheet
  • Easy formulas
  • Typing dates in a worksheet
  • Easy formatting
  • Checking spelling in a worksheet
  • Making and saving changes
  • Printing a worksheet
  • Charting your data
  • Safely closing a workbook
  • Spreadsheets quick reference

Presentations in Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Understanding electronic presentations
  • Starting Microsoft PowerPoint
  • The PowerPoint screen
  • Creating a new presentation
  • Adding text to your presentation
  • Saving your new presentation
  • Adding more slides using the ribbon
  • Typing directly into a slide
  • Inserting clip art images
  • Safely closing a presentation
  • Opening an existing presentation
  • Running a presentation slide show
  • Printing audience handouts
  • Presentations quick reference

Calendars in Microsoft Outlook

  • Understanding Outlook
  • Starting Outlook
  • Common outlook screen elements
  • Accessing the calendar
  • Changing calendar components
  • Displaying specific dates
  • Navigating within a calendar
  • Scheduling an appointment using click to add
  • Scheduling using the appointment window
  • Creating recurring appointments
  • Scheduling an event
  • Printing your calendar
  • Calendars quick reference

Contacts in Microsoft Outlook

  • Understanding the contact form
  • Understanding electronic business cards
  • Viewing your contacts
  • Creating a new contact
  • Entering contact details
  • Deleting an unwanted contact
  • Printing contact details
  • Contacts quick reference

Tasks in Microsoft Outlook

  • Viewing tasks
  • Creating simple tasks
  • Typing tasks directly
  • Changing task views
  • Sorting tasks
  • Completing tasks
  • Deleting tasks
  • Printing a task list
  • Tasks quick reference

Sharing data between Microsoft Office applications

  • Understanding data sharing
  • Opening files in the documents window
  • Using copy and paste
  • Capturing the screen
  • Drag and drop moving
  • Right dragging
  • Object embedding
  • Updating an embedded object
  • Object linking
  • Updating a linked source
  • Sharing data quick reference

Delivery style

Suitable for beginner’s. This course assumes little or no knowledge of the software.


You should be familiar with the basic functions of a computer operating system such as navigating the environment using a mouse and keyboard, starting applications, copying and pasting objects, formatting text, creating folders, opening files, saving files, familiarity with the accessing the Internet and use of common web browsers. If you do not have these skills, we recommend attending Basic Computer Skills Course and Effective Internet Use before attempting this course.

Delivery style

Delivered as presenter-taught computer-based training conducted using Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows. You will have dedicated access to a computer so you can follow the instructor and work through in-class activities. Due to the comparative complexity of each application in the Microsoft Office suite, the time spent on each application will not necessarily be equal and will be guided by student needs.


You will be provided with a link to access and download your own personalised eBook prior to class.

Additional information

Please bring a USB flash drive to class if you would like to make a copy of your work or any relevant class materials. Alternatively, you can save these to a cloud storage space or email them to your personal email address.


  • $50 repeat class - Conditions apply
  • Expert trainer
  • Dedicated computer for every participant
  • Small class size
  • CCE Statement of Completion

Apply for the IT repeat discount.

What others say.

  • Such a brilliant trainer. I have worked as a trainer for most of my life and I just loved the way this tutor made technology so enjoyable. Very knowledgeable as well as great training skills.

  • CCE really makes learning easy, and I am very happy that you offer a back up refresher course, as I felt after 6 months I dipped in confidence and just needed to return to seal and make water tight the knowledge learnt, especially with job hunting – so thank you kindly!

  • An excellent tutor who was attentive, knew the material extremely well and was humorous! I feel really motivated to continue learning and would love to enrol in more courses run by this tutor.

  • Course was very informative and I have come away with many new skills. Tutor was fantastic, course flowed very well and we even had a few laughs.

  • Great tutor who kept the perfect pace. Wish I could afford to go on many more of these courses! I’m now feeling confident and I will be back for more in time. If everyone could be trained by this tutor Sydney would be a better business centre.

  • I have found both courses I have been on so far very enjoyable and have learnt a lot and am looking at booking the Excel one day course. I did the computer basics and the one up from that with the same tutor and I found that I actually took in the information.... I know I have a long way to go with computers but I am willing to spend the money for these courses as they are helpful.

  • An excellent tutor and I’m delighted to have gained so many shortcut options after years of the same old habits. The course provided a well rounded overview of Office.

  • This course was excellent. Really interesting, well paced and presenter very clear and knowledgeable.

  • I found this course to be very informative and just what I needed to improve my skillls and increase my knowledge of computers and how to navigate. I would recommend this to my friends and workplace.

  • The tutor is a wonderful educator who makes sure everyone in the class understands. The teaching technique and the knowledge is second to none.

  • I was a little intimidated as I was concerned the course content may have been pitched above my level. Our tutor soon alleviated those concerns with his consultative, personalised and professional style. Nobody appeared to be left behind; and I certainly feel more confident as I start to put those skills into action. Certainly encouraged me to continue to expand my studies.

  • I thoroughly enjoyed the course and can put those skills to practice now. The tutor was fantastic and was patient and precise in teaching us.

  • The tutor for this course is great. I was especially impressed with the so-called computer “magic tricks”. Highly recommended.

  • Rarely does a short course teach you what it claims to in the description. This course was excellent, mainly due to the trainers knowledge and teaching method.

  • A great teacher, able to explain course material in a very practical way. Highly recommend your courses to others.

Microsoft Office Course: Essentials

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What others say.

  • An excellent tutor and I'm delighted to have gained so many shortcut options after years of the same old habits. The course provided a well rounded overview of Office.
  • The tutor was eloquent and patient. The pace was comfortable and I left feeling confident that I was now adequately proficient in the programs that you promised to teach me. Thanks!
  • The tutor is fantastic in the delivery and explanations. I would recommend the services again and attend more courses.