Excel Timesaving Techniques for Dummies

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Covering formulas, charts, data lists, macros, and versions 2000, 2002, and 2003, this book offers more than seventy easy-to-follow techniques that show both new and experienced Excel users how to save time and avoid tedious or redundant tasks. Bestselling author Greg Harvey includes information on customizing Excel's menus and toolbars; modifying Excel's editing settings; using add-ins, AutoCorrect, AutoFill, AutoFormat, and data validation; copying and moving data between worksheets; encrypting workbook files; ...
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Overview

Covering formulas, charts, data lists, macros, and versions 2000, 2002, and 2003, this book offers more than seventy easy-to-follow techniques that show both new and experienced Excel users how to save time and avoid tedious or redundant tasks. Bestselling author Greg Harvey includes information on customizing Excel's menus and toolbars; modifying Excel's editing settings; using add-ins, AutoCorrect, AutoFill, AutoFormat, and data validation; copying and moving data between worksheets; encrypting workbook files; creating external database queries; converting worksheet data and charts into Web pages; and much more.
* Written by Greg Harvey, one of the bestselling technology authors of all time, whose books have combined sales of more than four million copies
* A unique, two-column format makes it easy for readers to grasp and apply each technique-and begin working more efficiently
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The more time you spend in Excel, the more time its shortcuts and automation features can save you. But those goodies are buried in many Excel books. Not this one: It’s nothing but timesavers, all the way through.

Even Greg Harvey’s simplest tips are very helpful. Do you constantly find yourself adding or removing blank worksheets whenever you create a new workbook? Why not adjust the default setting so you get the number of worksheets you want, right off the bat? Are you always changing column widths? Incorporate a new default into a template you can use for all your workbooks. While you’re at it, if you’re always fiddling with the Save folder to place your workbooks somewhere besides Excel’s defaults, why not change your default Save folder, too?

The book really takes off when it moves into more advanced terrain. Tailoring Excel’s built-in error checking capabilities to your needs. Building smarter formulas -- and avoiding mistakes that can lurk quietly, raising havoc with decision making. (Did you know Excel can read your entries back to you aloud, to help make sure they’re right?) Along similar lines, Harvey shows how to use data validation to make sure nobody can enter data that’s the wrong type, or way out of range.

There’s a full section on data listing and analysis -- including easy “what-if” techniques and a quick guide to Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts (it’s time you got comfortable with these). From importing web data to automating table lookups, sharing to printing, this book’s easy techniques will make you more effective with any recent version of Excel. Bill Camarda, from the January 2005 Read Only

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764574276
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/28/2004
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Harvey is a computer trainer and the author of some 50 books on technology. He operates Mind Over Media, a venture in multimedia publishing.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Making Excel Work Your Way.

Technique 1: Customizing the Excel Screen Display.

Technique 2: Customizing the Excel Menus and Toolbars.

Technique 3: Perfecting Your Spreadsheet Workspace.

Technique 4: Saving Your Worksheets So You Can Find Them.

Technique 5: Tailoring Excel’s Error Checking to Your Needs.

Technique 6: Utilizing Excel’s Editing Settings.

Technique 7: Streamlining Excel Program Startup.

Technique 8: Saving Time with Excel Add-ins.

Part II: Quick Worksheet Creation Tricks.

Technique 9: Navigating the Worksheet in a Snap.

Technique 10: Making the Most Efficient Cell Selections.

Technique 11: Speeding Through Long Data Entries with AutoCorrect.

Technique 12: Data Entry Tricks.

Technique 13: Speeding Up Data Entry with AutoFill.

Technique 14: Ensuring Accurate Data Entries with Data Validation.

Technique 15: All Aboard the Numerical Entry Express!

Technique 16: Verifying Entries with Text to Speech.

Part III: Handy Ways to Format and Present Worksheet Data.

Technique 17: Instant Range Formatting.

Technique 18: Style Formatting Magic.

Technique 19: Controlling When Certain Formats Are Used.

Technique 20: Customizing Number Formats.

Technique 21: Dazzling Alignments for Data Entries.

Technique 22: Charting Data in a Snap.

Technique 23: Chart Customization Tricks.

Part IV: Worksheet Formula Timesavers.

Technique 24: Efficient Formula Copying.

Technique 25: Speeding Up Table Creation with Array Formulas.

Technique 26: Using Range Names.

Technique 27: Smarter Formula Construction.

Technique 28: Trapping Those Terrible Errors.

Technique 29: Eliminating Errors with Error Tracing.

Technique 30: Creating Efficient Date and Time Formulas.

Part V: Worksheet Editing Timesavers.

Technique 31: Quickly Finding the Workbook You Want to Edit.

Technique 32: Controlling the Worksheet Window Display.

Technique 33: Managing Worksheet Windows.

Technique 34: Quick and Easy Insertion and Deletion.

Technique 35: Outline and Subtotal Magic.

Technique 36: Consolidating Data from Different Worksheets.

Technique 37: Editing with Search & Replace and Spell Check

Part VI: Tips for Printing, Sharing, and Reviewing Workbooks.

Technique 38: Spreadsheet Security.

Technique 39: Printing Tricks for Flawless Reports.

Technique 40: Sharing Data with Other Office Programs.

Technique 41: Sharing Workbooks on a Network.

Technique 42: Sending Workbooks Out for Review.

Part VII: Streamlining Data Listing and Data Analysis.

Technique 43: Adding and Editing Data Lists with the Data Form.

Technique 44: Sorting Worksheet Data.

Technique 45: Quick and Easy Basic Data List Filtering.

Technique 46: More Data List Filtering plus Statistical Analysis.

Technique 47: Doing What-if Analysis in a Snap with Data Tables.

Technique 48: Easy What-if Analysis through Scenarios and Goal Seeking.

Technique 49: Summarizing Data with Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts.

Part VIII: Internet-Related Timesavers.

Technique 50: Saving Worksheets as Web Pages.

Technique 51: Importing Web Data into the Worksheet.

Technique 52: Using Hyperlinks to Make Jumps in Workbooks.

Part IX: The Scary (Or Fun) Stuff.

Technique 53: Instant Lists in Excel 2003.

Technique 54: Sharing Excel Workbooks and Lists with a Share Point Web Site.

Technique 55: Entering Data and Issuing Commands by Voice.

Technique 56: Sprucing Up Your Spreadsheets with Graphics.

Technique 57: Doing Automated Table Lookups.

Technique 58: Using Text Formulas for Fun and Profit.

Technique 59: Creating Queries to Import Data from an External Database.

Technique 60: Automating Repetitive Tasks with Macros.

Technique 61: Creating Custom Functions to Use in Your Worksheets.

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