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Get the guide that makes learning Microsoft Excel plain and simple! This full color, no-nonsense book shows you the quickest ways to solve a problem or learn a skill, using easy-to-follow steps and concise, straightforward language. You'll analyze, manage, and share information in more ways than ever before.

Here’s WHAT You’ll Learn

  • Manage your data quickly and efficiently
  • Filter, sort, summarize, and crunch your numbers
  • Use formulas and functions to do the heavy lifting
  • Bring data to life with charts and graphics
  • Share data between Microsoft Office documents
  • Work as a team, online and in the cloud

Here’s HOW You’ll Learn It

  • Jump in wherever you need answers
  • Follow easy STEPS and SCREENSHOTS to see exactly what to do
  • Get handy TIPS for new techniques and shortcuts
  • Use TRY THIS! exercises to apply what you learn right away
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735672437
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2013
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 281,769
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Curtis D. Frye is the author of several books on Microsoft Excel and Access, including Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step, along with numerous online training courses.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: About this book;
1.1 No computerese!;
1.2 Useful tasks...;
1.3 ...And the easiest way to do them;
1.4 A quick overview;
1.5 A few assumptions;
1.6 Adapting task procedures for touchscreens;
1.7 A final word (or two);
Chapter 2: What’s new and improved in Excel 2013;
2.1 Using Excel 2013 in Windows 8;
2.2 Analyzing data instantly by using the Quick Analysis tool;
2.3 Entering data quickly by using Flash Fill;
2.4 Creating the right chart by using chart recommendations;
2.5 Filtering Excel tables by using slicers;
2.6 Creating a recommended PivotTable;
2.7 Editing a workbook in SkyDrive and the Excel Web App;
2.8 Formatting charts by using the new tools interface;
Chapter 3: Getting started with Excel 2013;
3.1 Surveying the Excel program window;
3.2 Starting Excel;
3.3 Adding Excel 2013 to the Start screen;
3.4 Starting Excel 2013 in Windows 7;
3.5 Opening existing workbooks;
3.6 Using file properties;
3.7 Creating a new workbook;
3.8 Working with multiple workbooks;
3.9 Sizing and viewing windows;
3.10 Zooming in or out on a worksheet;
3.11 Saving Excel workbooks;
3.12 Changing the default file folder;
3.13 Closing workbooks and exiting Excel;
3.14 Using the Excel Help system;
3.15 Finding Excel Help on the web;
3.16 Searching for a workbook;
Chapter 4: Building a workbook;
4.1 Selecting cells;
4.2 Entering text in cells;
4.3 Entering numbers in cells;
4.4 Entering dates and times in cells;
4.5 Entering data using fills;
4.6 Entering data by using Flash Fill;
4.7 Entering data with other shortcuts;
4.8 Creating an Excel table;
4.9 Editing an Excel Table;
4.10 Editing cell contents;
4.11 Inserting a symbol in a cell;
4.12 Creating hyperlinks;
4.13 Creating hyperlinks to web and email resources;
4.14 Cutting, copying, and pasting cell values;
4.15 Undoing or redoing an action;
4.16 Pasting values with more control;
4.17 Clearing cell contents;
4.18 Using the Office Clipboard;
4.19 Finding and replacing text;
4.20 Checking the spelling in your worksheet;
Chapter 5: Managing and viewing worksheets;
5.1 Viewing and selecting worksheets;
5.2 Renaming worksheets;
5.3 Moving worksheets;
5.4 Copying worksheets;
5.5 Inserting and deleting worksheets;
5.6 Hiding or showing a worksheet;
5.7 Changing worksheet tab colors;
5.8 Inserting, moving, and deleting cells;
5.9 Inserting columns and rows;
5.10 Setting insert options;
5.11 Deleting rows or columns;
5.12 Moving rows or columns;
5.13 Hiding and unhiding columns and rows;
5.14 Entering data and formatting on many worksheets at the same time;
5.15 Changing how you look at Excel workbooks;
5.16 Naming and using worksheet views;
Chapter 6: Using formulas and functions;
6.1 Creating simple cell formulas;
6.2 Assigning names to groups of cells;
6.3 Using names in formulas;
6.4 Creating a formula that references values in an Excel table;
6.5 Creating formulas that reference cells in other workbooks;
6.6 Changing links to different workbooks;
6.7 Analyzing data by using the Quick Analysis lens;
6.8 Summing a group of cells without using a formula;
6.9 Creating a summary formula;
6.10 Summing with subtotals and grand totals;
6.11 Exploring the Excel function library;
6.12 Using the IF function;
6.13 Checking formula references;
6.14 Debugging your formulas;
Chapter 7: Formatting the cell;
7.1 Formatting cell contents;
7.2 Formatting part of a cell’s contents;
7.3 Formatting cells containing dates;
7.4 Formatting cells containing numbers;
7.5 Adding cell backgrounds and shading;
7.6 Formatting cell borders;
7.7 Defining cell styles;
7.8 Modifying and deleting cell styles;
7.9 Aligning and orienting cell contents;
7.10 Formatting a cell based on conditions;
7.11 Editing and deleting conditional formats;
7.12 Changing how conditional formatting rules are applied;
7.13 Displaying data bar and icon set formats;
7.14 Displaying color scales based on cell values;
7.15 Deleting conditional formats;
7.16 Merging or splitting cells or data;
7.17 Copying formats with Format Painter;
Chapter 8: Formatting the worksheet;
8.1 Applying workbook themes;
8.2 Changing theme fonts and effects;
8.3 Creating new workbook themes;
8.4 Coloring sheet tabs;
8.5 Changing a worksheet’s gridlines;
8.6 Changing row heights and column widths;
8.7 Resizing multiple rows or columns;
8.8 Inserting rows or columns;
8.9 Setting insert options;
8.10 Moving rows and columns;
8.11 Deleting rows and columns;
8.12 Grouping and ungrouping worksheet rows;
8.13 Hiding rows and columns;
8.14 Outlining to hide and show rows and columns;
8.15 Protecting worksheets from changes;
8.16 Locking cells to prevent changes;
Chapter 9: Printing worksheets;
9.1 Previewing worksheets before printing;
9.2 Printing worksheets with current options;
9.3 Choosing whether to print gridlines and headings;
9.4 Choosing printers and paper options;
9.5 Printing part of a worksheet;
9.6 Printing row and column headings on each page;
9.7 Setting and changing print margins;
9.8 Setting page orientation and scale;
9.9 Creating headers and footers;
9.10 Adding graphics to a header or a footer;
9.11 Setting and viewing page breaks;
Chapter 10: Customizing Excel to the way you work;
10.1 Opening ready-to-use workbook templates;
10.2 Saving a workbook as a template;
10.3 Adding commands to the Quick Access toolbar;
10.4 Moving the Quick Access toolbar;
10.5 Removing a ribbon element;
10.6 Adding and reordering ribbon elements;
10.7 Creating new ribbon tabs and groups;
10.8 Renaming a ribbon element;
10.9 Choosing the color Excel uses to display errors;
10.10 Hiding and displaying ribbon tabs;
10.11 Controlling which error messages appear;
10.12 Defining AutoCorrect entries;
10.13 Controlling AutoFormat rules;
Chapter 11: Sorting and filtering worksheet data;
11.1 Sorting worksheet data;
11.2 Creating a custom sort list;
11.3 Filtering data quickly with AutoFilter;
11.4 Filtering data with a search filter;
11.5 Clearing a filter;
11.6 Creating an advanced filter;
11.7 Filtering Excel tables visually by using slicers;
11.8 Clearing and removing slicers;
11.9 Validating data for correctness during entry;
11.10 Validating data using a list;
11.11 Creating a recommended PivotTable;
Chapter 12: Summarizing data visually using charts;
12.1 Creating a chart;
12.2 Changing a chart’s layout and style;
12.3 Changing a chart’s appearance;
12.4 Formatting chart legends and titles;
12.5 Adding and removing data labels and grid lines;
12.6 Formatting chart axes;
12.7 Changing a chart’s data source;
12.8 Adding and deleting data series;
12.9 Filtering charts;
12.10 Manipulating pie charts;
12.11 Creating a stock chart;
12.12 Adding a trendline to a chart;
12.13 Summarizing data using sparklines;
12.14 Formatting and deleting sparklines;
Chapter 13: Enhancing your worksheets with graphics;
13.1 Adding drawing objects to a worksheet;
13.2 Adding graphics to worksheets;
13.3 Adding text to a shape;
13.4 Applying shape styles;
13.5 Changing a shape’s fill color or image;
13.6 Adding effects to drawing objects;
13.7 Resizing and rotating pictures and objects;
13.8 Removing the background from an image;
13.9 Aligning and grouping drawing objects;
13.10 Using WordArt to create text effects in Excel;
13.11 Inserting clip art into a worksheet;
13.12 Inserting and changing a diagram;
13.13 Creating an organization chart;
13.14 Changing the layout and design of a SmartArt graphic;
13.15 Adding an equation to a shape;
13.16 Reordering objects;
Chapter 14: Sharing Excel data with other programs;
14.1 Linking and embedding other files;
14.2 Exchanging table data between Excel and Word;
14.3 Copying Excel charts and data into PowerPoint;
14.4 Exchanging data between Access and Excel;
14.5 Importing a text file;
Chapter 15: Using Excel in a group environment;
15.1 Sharing workbooks in Excel;
15.2 Adding and viewing cell comments;
15.3 Editing and deleting comments;
15.4 Tracking changes in workbooks;
15.5 Accepting or rejecting changes;
15.6 Maintaining a change history;
15.7 Saving worksheets to the web;
15.8 Dynamically updating worksheets published to the web;
15.9 Retrieving web data using Excel;
15.10 Copying web data to Excel;
15.11 Modifying web queries;
15.12 Saving data to the cloud using SkyDrive;
15.13 Interacting over the web using XML;
15.14 Editing a workbook in the Excel Web App;
15.15 Sharing Excel workbooks on the web;
15.16 Making workbooks available on the web;
About the Author;

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    A Must Have for Any Excel Skill Level

    I found this book to be written and formatted in an easy to use style. The author did a really good job with the easy to follow steps and the look of the pages. I give it 2 thumbs up!

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