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Excel 2003 For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Greg Harvey PhD
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Book Description

Every time you turn around, you run into Excel. It’s on your PC at work. It’s on your PC at home. You get Excel files from your boss. Wouldn’t you like to understand this powerful Microsoft Office spreadsheet program, once and for all? Now, you can crunch financial data, add sparkle to presentations, convert static lists of numbers into impressive charts, and discover what all the shouting’s about regarding databases, formulas, and cells. You may even decide that getting organized with a good spreadsheet is downright useful and fun!

Flip open Excel 2003 For Dummies, and you’ll quickly start getting the basics of Excel in plain English. Written for the rest of us, this down-to-earth book gently shows you how to:

  • Create a spreadsheet from scratch
  • Apply the basics of formatting cells
  • Take on database forms—even add records—and prevail
  • Get organized and stay that way
  • Save worksheets as Web pages for your company intranet

In a clear and easy-to-understand style, veteran software trainer and technology writer Greg Harvey explains the basics of worksheets and workbooks, how to enter data and work with formulas, and how to print your masterpieces. When you’re feeling very bold, he’ll have you adding comments and pictures, saving files with security protection, and learning to zip between multiple worksheets in a workbook with ease. And there’s much more:

  • Clip and save the Top Ten Beginner Basics of Excel 2003
  • Pay heed to the Top Ten Commandments of Excel 2003
  • Impress your colleagues by creating a company org chart
  • Re-open those documents and add or edit new data with aplomb
  • Move between these sheets without trouble
  • Decipher and take charge of helpful tools and commands such as Sort, Filter, Format Cells, and PivotTable

You’ll finally be able to stop pestering the Excel experts in your office. Become your own expert with the friendly and down-to-earth practical instruction you’ll find in Excel 2003 For Dummies.

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From the Back Cover

Format cells, enter formulas, and print your worksheets

You too can excel at organizing information in spreadsheets, charts, graphs, and more

There it sits on your computer – Excel 2003. Now, what do you do with it? Hundreds of things, and this friendly guide gets you started! It gently leads you through the basics, so you can build great ways to organize business data, create cool charts for presentations, or just keep track of what’s in your pantry.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun

About the Author

Greg Harvey is a veteran computer trainer, consultant, and the author of more than 50 books. He also owns and manages a multimedia publishing venture, Mind Over Media.

Product Details

  • File Size: 18780 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (July 28, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001B8NWA0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,701 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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112 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book For Beginners October 24, 2003
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Never used Excel before? Don't worry. This book shows you how to create your own spreadsheets in no time. It covers everything from entering data and using formulas to formatting and printing spreadsheets, working with multiple worksheets, and creating graphs with the chart wizard. Perfect for beginners!
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I can't find anything on pivot tables March 17, 2006
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I already knew almost everything in this book, so I was disappointed when it arrived and I started looking through it. I ordered it hoping it would give me a simple explanation "for dummies" on what pivot tables are and how to create/work with them. They're not even listed in the index!

This book is great at covering all the very basic how-tos for someone who's never worked with Excel before; but it doesn't delve deeply enough into what the program can really do.
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85 of 95 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just a Manual June 17, 2005
This is just a version of the manual without any sample exercises or anything. If that's all you need, its fine. I needed a tutorial with exercises, sample data to play with, etc. I found just what I was looking for in "Excel Personal Trainer 2003" which includes a cd with a lot of sample sheets and step-by-step exercises. In that book, the tutorial loads by itself but you have to manually copy over the sample spreadsheets.

BTW, I am actually using Quattro Pro 10 from Corel/Wordperfect but most things are the same or close enough to figure out.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excel for the beginner August 14, 2007
My son-in-law owns two gas stations and all of his records are on Excel spread sheets. I wanted to help him so I needed to learn how to operate the Excel sheets. He is running the older computers which have the 2003 version on them. I had to get a book about the 2003 version. I did buy this book and I read it from cover to cover. I was surprised at how much Excel could do. Once you learn the basics of Excel you can perform most of the functions in simple steps. You can do almost anything on a spread sheet. I kept going back to the book to look up procedures as I got into more complicated procedures. The book has a good table of contents. I even look up some of the words so I could better understand what the program required me to do to get the right results. Later I looked at the Microsoft manual for Excel. The manual has the same information but it seems more technical and it has a minimal table of contents. The Dummies book was more user friendly and it was easier to use as a reference to answer a simple question.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite "...for Dummies" book October 3, 2005
Basically all the "...for Dummies" books are easy to understand and they guide you step by step on how to do just anything like teaching a three year old how to write "A". I also bought "Word for Dummies" and I can only say the same. It helped me quite a bit since I really don't know anything about computers. I've studied them back when we used "Cobol".
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can be a dummy at a lot of things... January 4, 2007
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
...but this is step-by-step and easy enough to folllow along, I'm glad I bought it to help teach myself Excel.....
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excel 2003 for Dummies March 12, 2007
I found this book to be very helpful. I had taken Excel classes before but this book helped me to reinforce my understanding and showed me some new techniques I did not know. I recommend this book for beginners as well as advanced users of Excel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Helpful as it Could Be February 6, 2008
I was disappointed. Although it is good for very basic beginners, I was hoping it would help with functions that are more difficult. The Dummies Books are so good at explaining things in friendly terms. I was looking for the friendly terms to help me understand complicated functions. I was out of luck. I would only recomment this product for the very basic beginner.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to use
Very handy. easy to use.
Published 1 month ago by Bass player
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book has been a great help in leaning Excel.
Published 3 months ago by Bill Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars For all us Dummies
Love it!
Published 4 months ago by Leonie Easterbrook
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Great help for an on line course. Very easy to follow. I still use it as a reference.
Published 4 months ago by Linda A. Clark
2.0 out of 5 stars For beginners satisfactory introduction to Excel 2003
Gets you started with Excel with ease and good for beginners.
Published 5 months ago by Subhash Mehta
4.0 out of 5 stars not bad
This is definitely not a bad book for those who no knowledge of Word. I found it useful during the time I needed it
Published 8 months ago by sendrain
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't understand
To technical for me to understand. I acquired a used laptop, and have never used Excel before. Was not sure which Excel was installed, therefore taking a chance I bought the 2003... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gwen
3.0 out of 5 stars Still a dummie
Unfortunately, I'm still in the dark about some entries,but have been able to muddle thru. If you have the time to sit and read the whole book I'm sure things would come... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Shan Sparshott
4.0 out of 5 stars Excel 2003 For Dummies
A very helpful book for those of us who aren't the biggest Excel gurus out there. Great for anyone willing to take the time to learn how to use Excel properly.
Published 14 months ago by acetolman
4.0 out of 5 stars exactly that its for dummies!
Myself included in that so it was quite informative, as I know very little so it helped a lot. Not for those who know there way round the computer.
Published 17 months ago by isis
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More About the Author

Greg Harvey has authored tons of computer books, the most recent being Excel Timesaving Techniques For Dummies and Roxio Easy Media Creator For Dummies, and the most popular being Excel 2003 For Dummies and Excel 2003 All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies. He started out training business users on how to use IBM personal computers and their attendant computer software in the rough and tumble days of DOS, WordStar, and Lotus 1-2-3 in the mid-80s of the last century. After working for a number of independent training firms, he went on to teach semester-long courses in spreadsheet and database management software at Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
His love of teaching has translated into an equal love of writing. For Dummies books are, of course, his all-time favorites to write because they enable him to write to his favorite audience, the beginner. They also enable him to use humor (a key element to success in the training room) and, most delightful of all, to express an opinion or two about the subject matter at hand.
Greg received his doctorate degree in Humanities in Philosophy and Religion with a concentration in Asian Studies and Comparative Religion last May. Everyone is glad that Greg was finally able to get out of school before he retired.

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