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Matthew MacDonald
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Jan. 6 2007 0596527594 978-0596527594 1

Microsoft Excel continues to grow in power, sophistication, and capability, but one thing that has changed very little since the early '90s is its user interface. The once-simple toolbar has been packed with so many features over the years that few users know where to find them all. Microsoft has addressed this problem in Excel 2007 by radically redesigning the user interface with a tabbed toolbar that makes every feature easy to locate and use. Unfortunately, Microsoft's documentation is as scant as ever, so even if users can find advanced features, they probably won't know what to do with them.

Excel 2007: The Missing Manual covers the entire gamut of how to build spreadsheets, add and format information, print reports, create charts and graphics, and use basic formulas and functions. Like its siblings in the Missing Manual series, this book crackles with a fine sense of humor and refreshing objectivity about its subject, guiding readers through the new Excel with clear explanations, step-by-step instructions, lots of illustrations, and friendly, time-saving advice. It's a perfect primer for small businesses with no techie to turn to, as well as those who want to organize household and office information.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Extract from a full review Aug. 25 2007
Another of those O'Reilly books "that should have been in the box", this one is written by Matthew MacDonald for Pogue Press, and offers insight into the mysteries of the latest version of Microsoft's Excel spreadsheet program.

The introduction suggests that users of prior versions of the software (notably Excel 2002 or 2003) should seek help from "Excel 2003: The Missing Manual". However, I would suggest that the basics, and many of the advanced features of Excel, are adequately covered in the current work. The main thing in Excel 2007 that's different is a set of features of the user interface (e.g. the Ribbon, Office Menu, Quick Access Toolbar, and Save-as-PDF), many of which are just icing on the cake rather than must-have functions. So, if you use Excel (or, like me, a clone such as Open Office Calc), you will find lots of extremely useful how-to information in this book.

The text consists of a substantial 831 pages plus a colophon (a new word for me - "a tail-piece in old books... giving information now placed on the title-page" - The Concise Oxford Dictionary). Excel 2007 is organized in eight parts - Worksheet Basics, Formulas and Functions, Organizing Worksheets, Charts and Graphics, Advanced Data Analysis, Sharing Data with the Rest of the World, Programming Excel, and an Appendix.


The section on formulas and functions is worth the price of admission by itself since it provides a valuable reference to the capabilities of the myriad of functions contained in Excel. This is information that is quite difficult to obtain from the program's help system, especially if you don't know that a specific function exists!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what the Doctor ordered April 12 2011
By M. Yakiwchuk TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I've used this book as an Excel 2007 reference off-and-on since 2009. As usual, corporate environments are slower to transition to the latest versions of Microsoft Office, and this holds true for Excel as well. Furthermore, the Ribbon feature introduced in Excel 2007 carries forward into Office 2010, so if you learn this version you'll be better prepared to use other Ribbon-based versions of Office. The author of this book (Matthew MacDonald) has also written a Missing Manual book for Excel 2010 which you might want to check out if that version of Excel is more relevant to you.

So, how well is this book written? In my view it's excellent, for 3 main reasons: 1) It's easy to read. As the author points out on the back jacket, many computer manuals read like dry catalogs of information. Not so with this one. The entire book (or at least the 15 or so sections I've read) are written in a conversational style that never sounds forced or professorial. 2) It's relevant. Just about every Excel function and operation - from beginner all the way through to advanced level - is covered here. Regardless of your experience level, this will be your go-to resource. 3) Online integration. When I first received the book, I was alarmed: There's no CD! Flipping to the back of the book, I soon discovered that all of the examples created in the book (there are over 150) can be downloaded - for FREE - from the Missing Manuals website. The total download size is just over 3 MB and includes all of the examples the author uses in the book. I have found this to be extremely useful as I have neither the time nor the inclination to re-create dozens of 50 to 100-row Excel Spreadsheets simply for the benefit of my own learning! Fortunately for all of us, Mr.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything You Wanted to Know about Excel 2007 April 8 2007
By Joel Miller - Published on Amazon.com
An easy to read and easy to understand manual. The Tip Paragraphs are very helpful. I really like the examples and the illustrations.

The extensive sections on Formulas and Macros really makes this book powerful and invaluable.

Althought the manual does not come with a CD, many examples and downloads are available online.

I recommend this to any Excel 2007 user.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, But Lost By a Hair to Excel 2007 Bible... Nov. 7 2007
By A Work In Progress - Published on Amazon.com
Excel 2007 Missing Manual is a very good book that serves as a valuable resource for beginning as well as intermediate users. The author does a good job of reviewing the improvements of 2007 as well as exploring many uses of the program. However, Excel 2007 Bible covered a tad more information, hence, the 4 star review for this book. Though I must admit that this is still a very good resource for beginner's as well as intermediate users.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Master Excel 2007 like nobody in your office! July 6 2007
By G. Tairov - Published on Amazon.com
Based on the above listed reviews, mine is going to be short and sweet. This is a book to have if you need to get up-to-speed with the new version of Excel. MS Excel is a de-facto standard in spreadsheet software, whether you like it or not. This book will take you from A to Z on the subject of Excel 2007. It provides real-life examples to real-life questions. There may be more simple books out there on the topic, but O'Reilly is my choice. 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excel-lent book Sept. 6 2008
By Bonnie - Published on Amazon.com
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I love these Missing Manuals for Excel. The descriptions are written in a clear conversational tone, and the examples are easy to follow. I use Excel for basic list and schedule making, to type notes for college, to calculate statistics for my tennis team, and for different finance calculations and reports at work. Sometimes the help function that comes with Excel is sufficient for quick questions, but for more complicated use and/or plainer explanations, I prefer the book to the help function. I have the manuals for both Excel 2003 and 2007, and the manuals are not interchangeable for the two versions. Whichever version of Excel you use, whether you want to look up basic how-to's, do complicated computations, or get into the bells and whistles, I would recommend the Missing Manual.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Have It! June 22 2009
By Gary Dennis - Published on Amazon.com
Just like the cover says... "The book that should have been in the box." Most people only take advantage of about 2% of Excel's power. If you want to do more that add and subtract and would like to see Excel do truly amazing things, you must have this book. I'll never understand why MicroSoft spends so much time building such a feature rich program as Excel and refuses to publish a guide because these things just ought to be intuitave. They are not only non intuitive but many of the more powerful features are actually hidden. The secrets will be revealed with The Missing Manual.
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