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Overview

It's the solution to almost all of your electronic organization needs. Need to present a detailed expense report? Try an Excel spreadsheet. Keeping track of a complicated budget? Excel to the rescue. Want to keep tabs on your office football pool? You guessed it.Thanks to its incredible versatility and power, Excel has emerged as more than just a mainstream program; it's now one of the most used applications on the planet. Everyone from run-of-the-mill PC users to leading financial analysts count on Excel to make sense of overflowing data. And to keep up with the overwhelming user demand, three different versions of Excel have hit the market since the debut of Excel 97: Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. Naturally, each version offers a new slate of next-generation upgrades—and, of course, operating bugs!At last, Excel users have some relief: Excel Annoyances emerged from the suggestions of numerous Excel users who've struggled with these irritating bugs over the years. Written in the popular Annoyances format, this latest O'Reilly helper addresses all of the quirks, bugs, inconsistencies, and hidden features found in each of the four versions. Chances are if someone, somewhere, found a certain step confusing, then it's addressed in Excel Annoyances.Author Curtis D. Frye breaks down the cavalcade of information into several tip-of-the-finger categories such as Entering Data, Formatting, Charting, Printing, and more. If you're one of the millions of people who use Excel, you're sure to find a goldmine of helpful nuggets that you can use to fix the program's most annoying traits. In the end, Excel Annoyances will help you to truly maximize Excel's seemingly limitless potential.

Readers among the millions of people who use Excel are sure to find a goldmine of helpful nuggets that they can use to fix the program's most annoying traits. In the end, "Excel Annoyances" will help users to truly maximize Excel's seemingly limitless potential.

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What drives you crazy about Excel? Maybe it’s the way it automatically gets rid of leading zeroes you want to keep. Or the maddening way it handles some date/time calculations. Or maybe it’s the PivotTables. Whatever the problem, it’s not you. And it can be fixed, with Excel Annoyances.

Curtis Frye has ferreted out annoyances throughout Excel: in data entry, formatting, formulas, sorting, filtering, what-if analysis, charting, data exchange, printing, customization, VBA, and more. Of course, Microsoft keeps adding more. Frye’s found solutions for 14 new Excel 2003 aggravations, from disappearing Close buttons to XML schema problems.

If you live in Excel, this book will make it a bit more of a luxury resort, and a bit less of a prison. Bill Camarda, from the February 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596007287
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Series: Annoyances Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 7.94 (w) x 9.68 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Curtis Frye is a freelance writer based in Portland, Oregon. The author or co-author of a half dozen books on Microsoft Excel (including O'Reilly's Excel Pocket Guide), he's also written about Microsoft Access, database design, programming languages, home networking solutions, and privacy-enhancing technologies. When he's not writing, Curt is a professional improvisational comedian with ComedySportz Portland.

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Table of Contents

Dedication;
Introduction;
;
Chapter 1: Entering Data Annoyances;
1.1 GENERAL DATA ENTRY ANNOYANCES;
1.2 IMPORTING DATA ANNOYANCES;
1.3 CUT-AND-PASTE ANNOYANCES;
1.4 NAVIGATION AND DISPLAY ANNOYANCES;
1.5 DATA VALIDATION ANNOYANCES;
Chapter 2: Format Annoyances;
2.1 CELL FORMATTING ANNOYANCES;
2.2 CONDITIONAL FORMATTING ANNOYANCES;
2.3 TEMPLATE ANNOYANCES;
2.4 COLOR MANAGEMENT ANNOYANCES;
2.5 WORKBOOK FORMATTING ANNOYANCES;
2.6 CUSTOM FORMAT ANNOYANCES;
Chapter 3: Formula Annoyances;
3.1 FORMULA ENTRY AND EDITING ANNOYANCES;
3.2 FORMULA ERROR AND AUDITING ANNOYANCES;
3.3 ARRAY FORMULA ANNOYANCES;
3.4 RECALCULATION ANNOYANCES;
3.5 DATE AND TIME ANNOYANCES;
3.6 NAMED RANGE ANNOYANCES;
3.7 TEXT FORMULA ANNOYANCES;
3.8 COUNTING AND CONDITIONAL SUM ANNOYANCES;
Chapter 4: Manipulating Data Annoyances;
4.1 SORTING AND FILTERING ANNOYANCES;
4.2 LOOKUP FUNCTION ANNOYANCES;
4.3 WHAT-IF ANALYSIS ANNOYANCES;
4.4 PIVOTTABLE ANNOYANCES;
Chapter 5: Chart Annoyances;
5.1 CHART CREATION AND FORMATTING ANNOYANCES;
5.2 CHART MANIPULATION ANNOYANCES;
5.3 PIVOTCHART ANNOYANCES;
5.4 CHART INTERACTION ANNOYANCES;
5.5 CHART ADD-INS AND HELPER APPLICATIONS;
5.6 3D CHART ANNOYANCES;
Chapter 6: Exhanging Data Annoyances;
6.1 MS QUERY AND DATABASE ANNOYANCES;
6.2 IMPORT AND EXPORT ANNOYANCES;
6.3 DATA FORMAT ANNOYANCES;
Chapter 7: Printing Annoyances;
7.1 BASIC PRINTING ANNOYANCES;
7.2 PRINT LAYOUT ANNOYANCES;
7.3 PRINT CONTENT ANNOYANCES;
7.4 PRINTER MANAGEMENT ANNOYANCES;
Chapter 8: Customization, Macro, and VBA Annoyances;
8.1 INTERFACE CUSTOMIZATION ANNOYANCES;
8.2 TOOLBAR AND MENU BAR ANNOYANCES;
8.3 MACRO ANNOYANCES;
8.4 MACRO SECURITY ANNOYANCES;
8.5 VBA ANNOYANCES;
8.6 HANDY VBA PROCEDURES;
Chapter 9: Excel 2003 Annoyances;
9.1 EXCEL 2003 LIST ANNOYANCES;
9.2 EXCEL 2003 Excel 2003XMLXML ANNOYANCES;
9.3 EXCEL 2003 MENU AND FUNCTION ANNOYANCES;
9.4 EXCEL 2003 PROGRAM INTERACTION ANNOYANCES;
Colophon;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2005

    stomp the paperclip

    Ok, Excel is the dominant spreadsheet. No question of that. But it has some surprising 'features' which this book calls annoyances. It gives a multitude of them, with fixes for all. (Another O'Reilly series might call these fixes hacks.) Logically enough, the book starts off with those difficulties that can be met when inputting data. Many of you will applaud that the leading annoyance is the Paperclip, on which much verbal ire has no doubt been expended. So Frye forthrightly shows how to terminate this pesky little bugger. Later sections talk about formatting, formulae, charting, printing and so on. The chapters essentially follow the main functional structures of Excel. Some features might not be obvious to you; depending on your expertise. But chances are that for the average Excel user, you'll get some good advice from Frye.

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