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Excel for Starters: The Missing Manual

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The dominant spreadsheet program and one of the most widely used software applications in the world, Microsoft Excel is unbelievably powerful—and can be downright intimidating. If you're new to Excel or among the many existing Excel users who are dazed and confused by all that the program can do (and by how little it has actually done for you), Excel for Starter: The Missing Manual is your ideal resource.

For everyone who wants to quickly get up to speed on Excel to create, ...

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Excel 2003 for Starters: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual

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Overview

The dominant spreadsheet program and one of the most widely used software applications in the world, Microsoft Excel is unbelievably powerful—and can be downright intimidating. If you're new to Excel or among the many existing Excel users who are dazed and confused by all that the program can do (and by how little it has actually done for you), Excel for Starter: The Missing Manual is your ideal resource.

For everyone who wants to quickly get up to speed on Excel to create, organize, and present household and/or office data and information, this smart new guide delivers just the essentials: it concentrates on the must-have information and the best, most practical Excel features that people like you can use to maximize your productivity and minimize your spreadsheet confusion and frustration.

Excel for Starters: The Missing Manual demystifies spreadsheets and explains how to use them most effectively and efficiently. Clear explanations (with lots of examples), step-by-step instructions, helpful illustrations, and timesaving advice guide you through all the most common and useful features of Excel 2002 and 2003—including how to build spreadsheets, add and format information, print reports, create charts and graphics, and use basic formulas and functions.

Sure, there are plenty more thorough, more massive Excel books on the bookstore shelves. But why wade your way through a swamp of details you'll never need—or want—to use? Let author Matthew MacDonald, an educator and software developer who also wrote the highly popular Excel: The Missing Manual, be your trusted guide as you learn which Excel features will serve you best and which are best ignored.

Utterly practical and refreshingly funny, this down-to-earth guide gives you nothing more (and nothing less) than what you need to make Excel do exactly what you want it to do. It's a quick read you'll want to keep on hand for reference again and again.

For everyone who wants to quickly get up to speed on Excel to create, organize, and present household and/or office data and information, this smart new guide delivers just the essentials. It concentrates on the must-have information and the best, most practical Excel features that maximize productivity and minimize spreadsheet confusion and frustration.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596101541
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/15/2005
  • Series: Missing Manual Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,208,258
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew MacDonald is a science and technology writer with well over a dozen books to his name. Web novices can tiptoe out onto the Internet with him in Creating a Website: The Missing Manual. HTML fans can learn about the cutting edge of web design in HTML5: The Missing Manual. And human beings of all description can discover just how strange they really are in the quirky handbooks Your Brain: The Missing Manual and Your Body: The Missing Manual.

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Table of Contents

The Missing Credits;
About the Author;
About the Creative Team;
The Missing Manual Series;
Introduction;
What Excel Does;
About This Book;
About MissingManuals.com;
Part One: Worksheet Basics;
Chapter 1: Creating and Navigating Worksheets;
1.1 Creating a Basic Worksheet;
1.2 Editing Data;
1.3 Navigating in Excel;
1.4 Saving Files;
1.5 Opening Files;
Chapter 2: Adding Information to Worksheets;
2.1 Adding Different Types of Data;
2.2 Quick Ways to Add Data;
Chapter 3: Moving Data Around a Worksheet;
3.1 Selecting Cells;
3.2 Moving Cells Around;
3.3 Adding and Moving Columns or Rows;
Chapter 4: Formatting Worksheets;
4.1 Formatting Cell Values;
4.2 Formatting Cell Appearance;
4.3 Smart Ways to Apply Formatting;
Chapter 5: Managing Worksheets and Workbooks;
5.1 Worksheets and Workbooks;
5.2 Find and Replace;
5.3 Spell Check;
Chapter 6: Viewing and Printing Worksheets;
6.1 Controlling Your View;
6.2 Printing;
Part Two: Worksheet Power;
Chapter 7: Building Basic Formulas;
7.1 Creating a Basic Formula;
7.2 Formula Shortcuts;
7.3 Copying Formulas;
Chapter 8: Templates;
8.1 Understanding Templates;
8.2 Starting from a Template;
8.3 Creating Templates;
Chapter 9: Creating Basic Charts;
9.1 Charting 101;
9.2 Basic Tasks with Charts;
9.3 Practical Charting;
9.4 Chart Types;
Part Three: Appendix;
Appendix A: Getting Help in Excel;
A.1 Asking Questions;
A.2 The Office Assistant;
A.3 Other Help Menu Options;
Colophon;

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