Hanging Gardens Intro Workshop


  1. Create a New Folder on your Desktop (or somewhere on your computer where you can easily find it). Rename the New Folder “Excel Intro Workshop“.
  2. Download each of the files below by Right-Clicking and choosing “Save link as…” (or “Download Linked File As…”). Find the “Excel Intro Workshop” folder and save the file inside that folder.
  3. Repeat step 2 until all files are downloaded.

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Technology Requirements

Excel Versions

Every participant must have a fully functional version of Microsoft Excel installed on their computer. That means it has been purchased, and there is a license key. That means you are NOT using a free trial version.

Versions of Excel that WILL work with this class:

Excel 2021 for PC – preferred PC option
Excel 2019 for PC – preferred PC option
 Excel 2016 for PC
 Excel 2013 for PC
 Excel 2010 for PC
 Excel 365 for PC
 Excel 2021 for Mac – preferred Mac option
 Excel 2019 for Mac – preferred Mac option
 Excel 2016 for Mac
 Excel 2011 for Mac
 Excel 365 for Mac

Versions of Excel that will NOT work with this class:

Any Free Trial version for PC
 Any Free Trial version for Mac
 Excel 2007 for PC or earlier
 Excel 2008 for Mac or earlier


  • If possible, it is strongly recommended to NOT use WiFi during the training sessions, since it may not provide a reliable connection.
  • Instead, connect your computer to your modem/router using an ethernet cable for the highest speed and most reliable connection.


  • You may use a laptop or a desktop computer for this class, but because of the nature of the class and the hands on exercises, you may NOT use an iPad, tablet, or smartphone.
  • If using a laptop, bring a power charger so you do not run out of battery! (Sadly, it has happened before).

Zoom Etiquette

  • Keep video on: In order to foster an active and engaged learning environment, please keep your video on during the entire class. Naturally, if you need to take a short break you may temporarily turn off your video to avoid distractions.
  • Be considerate: Please be considerate of other participants by turning off the TV, music, or any other background noise that you can control.
  • Headphones/Earphones: You must use headphones/earphones during the class, to avoid distracting echos.
  • Close all other programs: Please close all other programs except for Zoom and Excel during the class. Not only will your computer run more smoothly, but in case you decide to share your screen, you will avoid potentially embarrassing moments (unfortunately, it has also happened before).