Joseph Rubin, Excel spreadsheet guru, prolific author of the "Mr. Excel" books, and savvy CPA, has put together a pithy, practical, and most of all PORTABLE little field-book giving you quick tips to the nuts and bolts of Excel. If you're a Controller, CFO, Wall Street investment banker and analyst, finance practitioner, corporate finance warrior, and spreadsheet junky---if you use Excel every day---then "F1: Get the Most out of Excel" is for you.
No, it's not a strategy guide to building better spreadsheets, and very likely you know most of this stuff anyway.
But let's back up a second. I live and breathe Excel. I can model Byzantine, insanely detailed spreadsheets in my sleep. Sometimes I DREAM in Excel (yeah, I know, I'm a sicko).
But every now and then you'll be working on a model and need some nugget of Excel esoterica---you'll want a quick crash course on getting the most out Pivot-Tables, say---and you won't have a handy field guide that weighs less than 500 pounds.
That's the glory of Rubin's new book: it's lightweight, it's breezy, it gives you the down-and-dirty from light-speed mobility within the spreadsheet, to navigating and correcting the Dread Circular Reference, to quick and easy formatting, and a host of other necessary things you often neglect. And what would you do without this light-weight little fieldbook? You'd have to haul out one of the gigantic two-ton-Tessy primers---and frankly, that's just not an option all the time.
Just to recap: this is not a revolutionary work. You'll find nothing esoteric here: no novel new ways of building better, faster, stronger valuation models or deeply analytical spreadsheets. That's not what this book is about, and that's not what Rubin set out to do.
What you *will* find is a fine little tome that is a model of simplicity, brevity, style, and practicality. If you find yourself in need of something lightweight that nonetheless helps you burrow into Excel's guts---in virtually any version---then just hit F1---"F1: Get the Most out of Excel", that is. Bravo!