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Excel Project 1 – MS Excel (Spring 2021)

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If you are using a Chromebook, the only Excel product available from the Google Play Store is not a full version of Excel and cannot be used to complete the steps in our Excel projects (it is missing about 30% of the normal Excel functions). The Chromebook will not allow you to download the full Excel from

UMGC 365.

If you are using a Chromebook, you can complete the Excel Projects using the online Virtual Lab option. In LEO, under Content, Virtual Lab Access, you’ll find instructions for accessing the virtual lab.

Use the following project description to complete this activity (all the details are included in this document, in the 22 steps below). For a review of the rubric used in grading this exercise, click on the Assignments tab, then on the title “Excel Project 1.” Click on Show Rubrics if the rubric is not already displayed.


Create a Microsoft Excel workbook with four worksheets that provides extensive use of Excel capabilities including charting, and written analysis and recommendations in support of a business enterprise.

A large rental car company has two metropolitan locations, one at the airport and another centrally located in downtown. It has been operating since 2018 and each location summarizes its rental car revenue

quarterly. Both locations rent four classes of cars: economy, premium, hybrid, SUV. Rental revenue is maintained separately for the four classes of rental vehicles.

The data for this case resides in the file 2021rentalcars.txt and can be downloaded by clicking on the Assignments tab, then on the data file name. It is a text file (with the file type .txt).

Do not create your own data. You must use the data provided and only the data provided.

Default Formatting. All labels, text, and numbers will be Arial 10, There will be $ and comma and decimal point variations for numeric data, but Arial 10 will be the default font and font size.


Change the name of the worksheet to Analysis by.


Note: Tutorials that address activities used in this project have been assigned in Week 1, 2 and 3.





Open Excel and save a blank workbook with the following name:

a. “Student’s LastFirstInitial Name Excel Project 1” Example: SmithJaneP Excel Project 1.

b. Set Page Layout Orientation to Landscape.

Use Print Preview to review how the first worksheet would print.


In the Analysis by worksheet:

a. Beginning in Row 1, enter the four labels in column

A (one label per row) in the following order: Name:,

Class/Section:, Project:, Date Due:

b. Place a blank row between each label. Please note

the colon : after each label.

c. Align the labels to the right side in the cells

It may be necessary to adjust the column width so the four labels are clearly visible within Column A (not extending into Column B).

Format for column A:

• Arial 10 point

• Normal font

• Right-align all

four labels in the cells






In the Analysis by worksheet with all entries in column C:

a. Enter the appropriate values for your Name (in cell C1), Class and Section, Project, Date Due across from the appropriate label in column A.

b. Use the formatting in the Comments column (to the right).

It may be necessary to adjust the column width, so the four labels are clearly visible and are clearly visible within Column C (not extending into Column D).

Format for column C:

• Arial 10 point

• Bold

• Left-align all four

values in the cells


a. Create new worksheets:

Data, Sorted, and Airport.

Upon completion, there should be Analysis by as well as the three newly created worksheets.

b. Delete any other worksheets.

Note: The three new worksheets might not have Arial 10 point as the default type so it may be necessary to change the font and point to Arial 10 for the new worksheets.


If necessary, reorder the four worksheets so they are in the following order: Analysis by, Data, Sorted, Airport.


After clicking on the blank cell A1 (to select it) in the Data worksheet, import the text file 2021rentalcars.txt into the Data worksheet. In Excel 2019/365 this is done via the Data tab, Get & Transform Data: Click ‘From Text/CSV’ and follow the prompts. If you are using an earlier version of Excel, you can find additional instructions under Additional Tutorials for Excel 2013/2016, Importing a Text File into Excel (Excel 2016 or earlier). The data should begin in Column A. Row 1 should contain the labels for each Column.

It will be necessary to change Revenue data to Currency format ($ and comma (thousands) separators) with NO decimal points, and to change NumCars data to number format, with NO decimal points, but with the comma (thousands separator). Note: in the Currency format there is NO space between the $ and the first numeric character that follows the $.

Though the intent is to import the text file into the Data worksheet, sometimes when text data is imported into a worksheet, a new worksheet is created. If this happens, delete the blank Data worksheet. Then change the name of the new worksheet with the imported data as “Data”. Make sure worksheets are in the correct order per Item 6.

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