Introduction to Microsoft Office

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Important: Please note that you must register on the EG Website before performing the lab.


The objective of this lab is to master the basics of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word and become accustomed with the tasks for which each application is best suited. The goal is to create templates you will use for EG1003 with these applications.


This lab is designed to teach the skills needed to become proficient with the three primary Microsoft applications: Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. These programs are widely used throughout academia and business so familiarity is not uncommon. Completing assignments in EG1003 will require a basic competency in them; the following exercises are designed to ensure you are capable of teaching yourself these fundamentals.

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office is a software suite that bundles Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and more.

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program. Its function is collecting, manipulating, and analyzing data. Microsoft Excel has many features that streamline data analysis. You can use it to generate tables, charts, and graphs. Excel is used for general data manipulation and analysis. It is useful for uncovering the relationships between data sets and identifying trends. Graphs will be required for many lab reports and presentations.

Microsoft PowerPoint is a presentation program; its function is to create slides for presentations. In this course, you will be creating and giving presentations on your lab work and semester-long design project.

Microsoft Word is a document preparation program. Its function is writing and editing text. In this course, you will use Microsoft Word to write lab reports.

Materials and Equipment

  • Lab PC
  • Microsoft Office suite


For students who need an in-depth look at Microsoft Office, see the Microsoft Office Skill Builder.

In each of the following exercises:

  • Change all generic (highlighted in yellow) text to your own information.
  • Copy and paste Excel tables and figures as a picture; screenshots are not acceptable in this class.
  • Label tables and figures.
  • Use Insert Equation in Word and PowerPoint.

Microsoft Excel

Edit the Microsoft Excel Template to illustrate Charles' Law.

Use the following formulas to fill the spreadsheet:

{^\circ C} = \frac{5}{9} \left( {^\circ F} - 32 \right)\,

K = {^\circ C} + 273.15\,

PV = nRT\,

Microsoft PowerPoint

Recreate the Lab Presentation Template for lab presentations to be given throughout the semester.

Printing Instructions for Recitation

When printing handouts for recitation, select the following options in the print dialog:

  • Handouts, 6 Slides Horizontal
  • Portrait Orientation
  • Pure Black and White or Grayscale

Microsoft Word

Recreate the Lab Report Template for lab reports to be written throughout the semester.

Saving Work

The information on the Lab PCs cannot be accessed outside of the lab rooms. Email copies of all the files you created to your personal account.

The templates created in this exercise for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint do not need to be submitted on