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Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step Paperback – Jun 2 2010
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Curtis D. Frye is the author of several books on Microsoft Access and Excel, including Microsoft Office Excel 2007 Step by Step and Microsoft Office Excel 2003 Step by Step, along with numerous online training courses.
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Now in retirement, I find I must update to X2010 - having missed several program upgrades. I find the Office 2010 program vastly different from what I used in the past, and so I ordered Microsoft's book "Step by Step." That title suggests, "OK, we'll take this one step at a time, from the beginning." But the book is nothing of the sort: by page 25 or 30, the reader is already confronted with what I'd call Advanced (or at least specialized) Topics. Information on such elementary things as changing the settings that were once found in Tools > Options is not explained (indeed, Tools isn't there anymore; most of such stuff now seems to be found within the File menu option).
The Tools menu having departed, it seems the Help menu has as well. The program offers a "Help" of sorts, but it's neither consistent nor robust across the range of topics. All of which suggests the need for good basic books for beginners or those making a "deep upgrade." This is not such a book.
Clocking in at 400+ pages, content is as follows:
01. Creating a Workbook
02. Working With Data & Tables
03. Performing Calculations
04. Changing Workbook Appearances
06. Summarizing Data
07. Combining Data From Multiple Sources
08. Alternative Data Sets
10. Charts & Graphics
13. Playing Nice With Other Microsoft Office Apps
The writing is tight and to the point, examples are relevant and interesting, and using this book was a pleasant experience. If you need a great Excel book to teach you the 2010 way, take a step to 'Step by Step'!!