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John Walkenbach's Favorite Excel Tips & Tricks [Paperback]

John Walkenbach

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July 8 2005
  • This unique book offers valuable tips and tricks to maximize the capabilities of Excel, the indispensable and immensely popular spreadsheet application
  • An ideal resource for advancing beginners and intermediate-level users, this book offers shortcuts that are sure to speed up application development with Excel and take readers' skills to the next level
  • Some of the author's favorite tips and tricks include dealing with function arguments, creating "impossible" charts, tweaking Pivot Tables, copying print settings across sheets, taming "automatic" toolbars, and using a UserForm
  • Additional tips and tricks show how to create dynamic chart data, use Analysis Toolpak, sort on more than three columns, attach toolbars to worksheets, enter fake data for testing purposes, apply custom functions, and much more

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Want some advice from Mr. Spreadsheet? Here it is!

Nobody knows Excel like John Walkenbach. For this one-of-a-kind collection, he's handpicked over 200 of his favorite shortcuts, secrets, and workarounds for Excel 2000, 2002, and 2003. He'll help you tame automatic toolbars, create charts you thought were impossible, find what you need in Excel's help system, and deal with function arguments.

You'll learn to streamline routine procedures and create complex solutions. Build dynamic charts. Transform data with or without formulas. Troubleshoot common setup problems. Create custom add-ins, hide field buttons in a PivotChart, and control automatic functions. Record and run macros with workbooks. And more.

Mr. Spreadsheet knows how to make Excel work for you.

  • Tip # 39 Creating a drop-down list in a cell
  • Tip # 59 Setting up alternate row shading
  • Tip # 96 Displaying a calendar in a range
  • Tip # 118 Creating a picture chart
  • Tip # 153 Reducing the size of a workbook

About the Author

John Walkenbach is a leading authority on spreadsheet software, and principal of J-Walk and Associates Inc., an Arizona–based consulting firm that specializes in spreadsheet application development. John is the author of about 40 spreadsheet books, and has written more than 300 articles and reviews for a variety of publications, including PC World, InfoWorld, PC Magazine, Windows, and PC/Computing. He also maintains a popular Internet Web site (The Spreadsheet Page, www.j-walk.com/ss), and is the developer of the Power Utility Pak, an award-winning add-in for Microsoft Excel. John graduated from the University of Missouri, and earned a Masters and PhD from the University of Montana.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Interesting Little Points Given Here July 6 2005
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
There are only a few reasons to get a copy of John Walkenbach's books: One, he knows what he is talking about. His books show an insight far beyond the traditional click here to do this approach. Two, he writes far better than any other Excel writer that I have ever seen. Three, he gives you his e-mail address. He invites comments or suggestions about the book and says that he unfortunately cannot answer specific questions. But on the couple of occassions where I've had questions, I asked and he answered. They were, I think, pretty good questions, it well may be that he can't take the time to answer the simple obvious questions where the answers are in his book.

As the title implies, this book consists of a couple of hundred quick little things that mostly fall into the "I could have done that if I'd only thought that this was what I wanted to do" type. This includes things like wrapping text in a cell.

Some of the other points, like why does Excell take a credit card number and make the last digit a zero, fall into the obvious once you see the explanation.

This is not for the absolute beginner, you need to have some experience with Excell before you realize that you need the information that is here. For the advanced beginner to intermediate or even advanced user, the tips and tricks here will save you time and effort.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Power packed...loaded with useful items. Sept. 12 2006
By M. DUNTON - Published on Amazon.com
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My only regret is that I didn't get the book sooner. This is a must for any serious Excel user who needs to hone their general skills and improve their efficiency. Efficiency is the name of the game for Excel, because if you're not making use of it's more advanced tools and utlilities, then you are not making the most of the program.

The book is practical in it's examples and in it's explanations. It's a general use book. It's a great spring board to Walkenbach's other, more thoroughly detailed books on charts, formulas, and VBA programming.

Excel is an amazing program that will astound you at what it can do--if only you took the opportunity to discover it's amazing assembly of tools.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Excel Tips & Tricks Nov. 18 2006
By J. Lower - Published on Amazon.com
I would recomend this book to anyone who is just learning excel or would like to improve their existing skills. This is not for advanced user. Some intermediate users may find it too basic. I was introduced to his book in one of my computer classes at Cornell University. Since then, I have purchased three more of his excel books.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!! Dec 7 2005
By Trixiedog - Published on Amazon.com
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent!!! Highly recommended for all levels of users. Lots of clever & interesting tips & tricks. Some which you may never need, but knowing what they are and how to do them is quite beneficial!! I recommend all of John Walkenback's books, best Excel author around.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ! Full of information not found in other books. Feb. 24 2006
By William E. Polen - Published on Amazon.com
I consider myself a Excel pro - I use about 6 hours a day to to order and manage $200 million in materials every year form multiple locations in US and Canadia. I've learned a ton of tricks and short cuts. His book on formulas is also one of the best I've used.

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