Excel 2007: The Missing Manual Paperback – Dec 27 2006
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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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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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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.Read more ›
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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.
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