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K2's Formatting Excel Spreadsheets The Right Way

Total Credits: 2 including 2 Computer Software & Applications - Non-technical

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Thomas G. Stephens Jr., CPA.CITP, CGMA
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2 Hours
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Some estimates indicate that business professionals spend as much as half their time in Excel working on formatting. If you are interested in getting better formatting results in less time, participate in this session to learn the best practices for applying formats in Excel. 

In this session, you will learn the right way to apply formats in your workbooks. More specifically, you will learn about features such as Custom Format Codes, Templates, Styles, the Accounting Format, Precision as Displayed, date formats, and many others, all of which can save you substantial amounts of time when working in Excel.

Basic Course Information

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the benefits of using Styles for formatting
  • Specify which Custom Format codes are necessary for specific situations
  • List advantages of using Excel template files
  • Cite examples of when using the Accounting format is useful

Major Subjects
  • Creating and using Styles in Excel
  • The Accounting Format and why you should use it
  • How to Create Custom Formats  
  • Formatting dates for maximum impact
  • The advantages of storing formats in templates

Course Materials


Thomas G. Stephens Jr., CPA.CITP, CGMA's Profile

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K2 Enterprises

Tommy Stephens received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree (Major in Accounting) from Auburn University in 1985. In 1992, he earned a Master of Science degree (Major in Finance) from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Presently, Tommy is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Information Technology Professional, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

During his professional career, Tommy has gained valuable experience in a variety of positions, including:

  • Working as an auditor and technology consultant for an Atlanta-based public accounting firm;
  • Leading an Internal Audit staff and managing a Cost Accounting team for a Fortune 500 company;
  • Serving as a Chief Financial Officer for an international engineering organization; and
  • Founding and managing his public accounting firm that provides accounting, tax, and consulting services to individuals and a variety of small and emerging businesses.

In 1995, Tommy began authoring and presenting continuing professional education courses to accounting and finance professionals. In 2003, he affiliated with K2 Enterprises, and in 2007, he joined the firm as a partner. To date, he has lectured internationally on subjects such as internal controls for small businesses, technology strategies, computer hardware and software applications, tax strategies and compliance, and financial accounting standards and applications. Over the past twenty-five years, Tommy has presented over 2,700 educational sessions to over 70,000 participants throughout the United States and Canada.

Presently, Tommy resides in Woodstock, Georgia, where he enjoys an active personal life with his wife. His hobbies include snow skiing, fishing, running, and other outdoor activities. Tommy maintains professional memberships with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, he is a past member of the Institute of Internal Auditors.


Tue, Jul 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:50am EDT
Thu, Aug 12, 2021 - 12:00pm to 01:50pm EDT
Tue, Aug 24, 2021 - 02:00pm to 03:50pm EDT
Thu, Sep 09, 2021 - 04:00pm to 05:50pm EDT
Tue, Sep 28, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:50am EDT
Thu, Oct 14, 2021 - 12:00pm to 01:50pm EDT
Tue, Oct 26, 2021 - 02:00pm to 03:50pm EDT
Thu, Nov 11, 2021 - 04:00pm to 05:50pm EST
Tue, Nov 23, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:50am EST
Thu, Dec 09, 2021 - 12:00pm to 01:50pm EST
Tue, Dec 28, 2021 - 02:00pm to 03:50pm EST
Wed, Jan 12, 2022 - 04:00pm to 05:50pm EST
Mon, Jan 24, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:50am EST
Tue, Feb 08, 2022 - 12:00pm to 01:50pm EST
Fri, Feb 25, 2022 - 02:00pm to 03:50pm EST
Tue, Mar 08, 2022 - 04:00pm to 05:50pm EST
Fri, Mar 25, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:50am EDT
Tue, Apr 12, 2022 - 12:00pm to 01:50pm EDT
Fri, Apr 22, 2022 - 02:00pm to 03:50pm EDT
Mon, May 09, 2022 - 04:00pm to 05:50pm EDT
Fri, May 27, 2022 - 10:00am to 11:50am EDT
Tue, Jun 14, 2022 - 12:00pm to 01:50pm EDT
Fri, Jun 24, 2022 - 02:00pm to 03:50pm EDT

Additional Info

Basic Course Information

Original Recording Date 2021
Date Added to Catalog 07/01/2021
Prerequisites None
Advanced Preparation None
Designed For

Business professionals desiring to learn the most effective and efficient ways to format Excel spreadsheets

Course Developer K2 Enterprises
Yellow Book No

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