Requirements – Intro to Excel 2016 Data Analysis


​E-mail Requirements 
Students must have an e-mail account to register for the course and for all correspondence with JHS Consulting.
It is expected that all E-mail correspondence to JHS Consulting will be conducted in a professional manner. When utilizing E-mail for this class, please use the same email address as the registration email provided and state your full name in the email.

Computing Requirements

Recommended Hardware
To adequately perform the exercises in this course and for the best learning experience the following hardware specifications are recommended for PC and Macintosh users. If you do not understand these specifications, you may email Jimmy Scarbrough with your questions at:

Excel 2016 PC Requirements

  • 1Ghz Processor
  • PC Operating Systems that can be used : Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10, Windows 11
  • RAM: 1 GB for 32-bit processors; 2 GB for 64-bit processors (4GB is recommended for 32-bit or 64-bit processors)
  • Free Hard Disk Space: 3 GB
  • Internet Connectivity: 56K modem (broadband recommended)
  • Graphics Card: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver 

Excel 2016 Macintosh Requirements

  • 1Ghz Processor
  • Operating System: OS X
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Free Hard Disk Space: 6 GB
  • Internet Connectivity: 56K modem (broadband recommended)
  • Video: 1280 x 800 Display Resolution
  • Microsoft Net Framework 3.5

Note: Windows XP/Vista may be used as the operating system for a PC but for the best experience Windows 7 SP1 or later is recommended.

Recommended Software

A pdf reader is required to open and view the Excel Basics Student Guide, which is in pdf format. Adobe Acrobat Reader is recommended for this, as it is free, can be downloaded from the Adobe web site, and is an industry standard. 
To download Adobe Reader go to:

There are several videos to view during this course. The standard Windows video player is the Windows Media Player. Windows 10 has problems with mp4 videos, which are related to the H264 codec.

Recommended Microsoft Office Version
Microsoft Office 2013/2016 is the recommended Office version for this course although Microsoft Office 2010/2007 is acceptable. Using a Microsoft Office version prior to 2007 is not acceptable since the versions are of a different configuration.

Excel Online As Alternative
If you do not have Microsoft Office or Microsoft Excel installed on your computer, you may still take this course using the free online Excel version. To use the free online version of Excel go to: Realize that since online Excel does not show the Quick Access Toolbar, not small portion of the training will be available to online Excel users. 

Differences between Online Excel and Standard Excel are as follows:

  • There are some mouse symbol differences but they work the same way.
  • The Ribbon looks a little different since it does not include all of the feature icons that the Standard Excel Ribbon contains.
  • Files cannot be saved to the hard drive; they can only be saved to the Cloud.

These differences are addressed in the course videos and referenced in the Excel Basics Student Guide.

Browser Required
Students must have a web browser installed on their computers to view and interact with online courses. Internet Explorer 11 is the recommended browser, although you may use a previous version but may experience some minor issues during the course.
The above policy applies to the browsers listed below. You should be using the latest browser version for the best experience, but if you use an older version you may experience some minor issues.

You may also use Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla (Firefox), and Safari browsers.

Modification of the Syllabus and Schedule
The instructor reserves the right to modify the syllabus and schedule at any time. Notice of any change will be E-mailed and posted as an announcement.