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Excel 2003 Formulas Paperback – Oct 17 2003

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (Oct. 17 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764540734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764540738
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 4.7 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #873,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Everything you need to know about

  • Mastering operators, error values, naming techniques, and absolute versus relative references
  • Debugging formulas and using the auditing tools
  • Importing and exporting XML files and mapping the data to specific cells
  • Using Excel 2003’s rights management feature
  • Working magic with array formulas
  • Developing custom formulas to produce the results you need

Here’s the formula for Excel excellence

Formulas are the lifeblood of spreadsheets, and no one can bring a spreadsheet to life like John Walkenbach. In this detailed reference guide, he delves deeply into understanding, creating, and applying formulas in everything from basic workbooks to charts, pivot tables, and more advanced Excel applications. He examines financial formulas, explores the many options made possible with array formulas, teaches you to develop custom worksheet functions with VBA, and much more. Once again, "Mr. Spreadsheet" will astound you with the breadth and depth of Excel’s capacity.

CD-ROM Includes

  • Trial version of the author’s award-winning Power Utility Pak 5
  • More than 90 sample workbooks illustrating key formula concepts

About the Author

John Walkenbach, principal of JWalk and Associates Inc., is a leading authority on spreadsheet software and creator of the award-winning Power Utility Pak. He has written more than 30 spreadsheet books and over 300 articles and reviews for publications including PC World, InfoWorld, and Windows, and maintains the popular Spreadsheet Page at

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Excel 2003 Formulas provides some amazing ways to really master Excel. Walkenbach's formulas are the best! He covers operators, naming techniques, debugging, auditing, developing custom VBA functions, array formulas, imported 1-2-3 files, etc. Oh, and the CD that comes with this one is load too!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9b44c5b8) out of 5 stars 36 reviews
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b55b018) out of 5 stars Not the best option March 8 2007
By RKIF - Published on
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I have this and the Excel 2003 Bible. Don't waste time on this. Go right for Excel Bible. This one seems to be a duplicate with only a small amount of expansion. Excel 2003 Bible will help you through a lot more problems.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b55b264) out of 5 stars Okay, but no cigar Aug. 2 2006
By Book Buyer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Typically these technical how-to books are badly written and rushed to print and I found this one to be no exception. Although it offers some helpful hints not found in other Excel guides, it is rather wordy and vague in places. Some of the sample formulas simply do not work or else are not explained fully in context. Added to this, the accompanying CD skimps on the first four chapters, making it impossible to follow along on some the exercises the author provides. In some cases, he doesn't even provide a sample table. I went out and bought a copy of Microsoft's Excel Data Analysis and Business Modeling and find this to be better written, much more comprehensive, and easier on the wallet.
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b55b4a4) out of 5 stars It's the BOM! Jan. 27 2005
By Mfg Cost Analysis - Published on
Format: Paperback
I use Excel non-stop for Bill Of Material (BOM) and pricing/cost analysis for manufacturing. This is by far the best publication available for the number crunching workhorse. I just find it peculiar that John decided to introduce "financial formulas" in Chapter 11. But seriously, it's loaded with boo-koos of real word examples that have made my work much more automated and easier.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b55b720) out of 5 stars Excellent book, but there's a better choice July 30 2007
By Michael - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've found that some reviewers say that this book doesn't give enough theory or examples are trivial or you can find that all in the Help. However, I believe that only advanced Excel users might be dissatiafied with "Excel 2003 Formulas". While that's true that it's not overloaded with the advanced theory (which is what professionals look for), it does give the beginners or intermidiate users all they need to know about formulas, and the tips and tricks offered by Walkenbach really help to discover the world of Excel.
However, on the other hand if you're interested not only in formulas, but you're also planning to study the Excel as a whole then I would recommend to get the "Excel 2003 Bible" of this author. The reason is that the "Formulas..." for the most part just copy the "Bible..." which describes usage of the whole Excel and has a lot more information than the "Formulas".
43 of 56 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b55ba14) out of 5 stars Very weak and expensive cookbook Nov. 4 2006
By kievite - Published on
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This is an eclectic collection of various recipies for Excel. This is a strange "lemmings" effect that it has such a high rating on Amazon.

The book is essentially a badly written cookbook as it does not provide underling mechanics and key ideas behind the Excel formulas. Chapters are more or less disconnected and most of them can be read in any order.

At the end the reader is left with very few good findings that probably are not worth the price of the book.

Pagecount is very deceptive -- considerable part of the book is fluff -- brainless reproduction of basic things that one can find in help and that is not worth even one dollar. Many examples are very trivial and not worth reading.

Tricks like Appendix B are simply disgusting -- the author just copied the listing of functions that has no practical value whatsoever just to inflate the pagecount.

Explanations mostly are extremely fuzzy. The author has real talent to make simple things complex and complex things impossible. Also this is just "do like I said" type of cookbook: the author never tries to explain concepts that are used (use of absolute adressing vs relative, the syntax intricacies of the second argument of countif and similar functions, etc)

Also the book suffers from frequent references to previous versions of Excel, which only distract the reader. One can assume that if the reader really wants to use one of the previous versions of Excel he can buy prev. edition of the book and save money.

In few places were things became more interesting they are also incomplete and/or incorrect (creation of your own VBA functions and collection of functions, usage of array functions like frequency, etc).

My impression is the author is just a book writer and does not have rich real world experience with Excel, the experience that is necessary to distinguish between important and trivial things.

As a result he cannot provide the reader any help in getting the grasp of underling architectural ideas, that are often very non-trivial (Excel is extremely powerful analytical tool disguised as a commodity spreadsheet).