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Can I complete the lessons for Excel 2013 with Excel Online

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#1 Guest_Ken_*

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Posted 02 May 2015 - 04:18 PM

It seems that the functionality may be somewhat different. Will Excel Online serve users who have only Mac computers to complete the Essential Skills and Expert Skills courses for Excel 2013?

#2 Mike


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Posted 05 May 2015 - 12:12 PM

Dear Ken


If you watch this short 3-minute video lesson:


Lesson 8-4: Understand Excel Online 


... you'll understand the differences between the cut-down free Excel 2013 cloud version (Excel Online) and the full desktop version of Excel 2013 (that you have to pay for).  


The purpose of Excel Online isn't to replace the desktop version but to provide new (and better) ways to share Excel 2013 workbooks with users that do not have an Excel license. Excel Online is primarily intended to allow users to view your Excel workbooks rather than to create or change them. For example, you can't apply conditional formatting, use find and replace, add slicers or use What-If analysis tools in Excel Online.


If you watch this video lesson:


Lesson 8-6: Share a link to a workbook 


... you'll see how you can use Excel Online to share cloud-hosted workbooks with other users without having to attach a workbook to an e-mail.


Having said this, Excel Online does provide some of the simpler editing features found in the full Excel 2013 product.  Microsoft's official description is that "users can view and lightly edit files using Excel Online". You can use this "Lightly Edit" ability to allow several users to edit a workbook at the same time via the cloud.  As each user makes a change it is almost instantly visible on all of the other users screens.  You can see this feature in action in this video lesson:


Lesson 8-7: Edit a workbook simultaneously with other users using Excel Online


But, to answer your question, you will not be able to complete any of our courses using the free Excel 2013 Online version as it does not support many of the features that are taught in the courses.


You've correctly stated that Excel 2013 is a windows-only application.  The Apple operating system isn't capable of running a Windows application. Some Apple users work-around this by installing both the Windows operating system and Excel 2013 onto their Apple hardware.  You can find more on this in this thread:


Can I use the course to learn Excel on my Mac?


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Mike Smart 

Mike Smart is the author of ten world best-selling Excel books. The books are available in printed form for for Excel 2007, Excel 2010, Excel 2013, Excel 2016 for Windows and Excel 2016 for Apple Mac. Mike has also recorded over 850 video lessons (that you can watch online) for Excel 2007, Excel 2010 and Excel 2013.
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