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Excel 2003 for Starters: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual [Kindle Edition]

Matthew MacDonald
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Book Description

The dominant spreadsheet program and one of the most widely used software applications in the world, Microsoft Excel is unbelievably powerful--and can be downright intimidating. If you're new to Excel or among the many existing Excel users who are dazed and confused by all that the program can do (and by how little it has actually done for you), Excel for Starter: The Missing Manual is your ideal resource.

For everyone who wants to quickly get up to speed on Excel to create, organize, and present household and/or office data and information, this smart new guide delivers just the essentials: it concentrates on the must-have information and the best, most practical Excel features that people like you can use to maximize your productivity and minimize your spreadsheet confusion and frustration.

Excel for Starters: The Missing Manual demystifies spreadsheets and explains how to use them most effectively and efficiently. Clear explanations (with lots of examples), step-by-step instructions, helpful illustrations, and timesaving advice guide you through all the most common and useful features of Excel 2002 and 2003--including how to build spreadsheets, add and format information, print reports, create charts and graphics, and use basic formulas and functions.

Sure, there are plenty more thorough, more massive Excel books on the bookstore shelves. But why wade your way through a swamp of details you'll never need--or want--to use? Let author Matthew MacDonald, an educator and software developer who also wrote the highly popular Excel: The Missing Manual, be your trusted guide as you learn which Excel features will serve you best and which are best ignored.

Utterly practical and refreshingly funny, this down-to-earth guide gives you nothing more (and nothing less) than what you need to make Excel do exactly what you want it to do. It's a quick read you'll want to keep on hand for reference again and again.



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About the Author

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.


Product Details

  • File Size: 6458 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (February 9, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026OR2S6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,894 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn Excel The Quick And Easy Way December 29, 2005
Format:Paperback
Another gem by Pogue Press!! I just finished reviewing another one of the books from this line and then I am hard-pressed to come up with a lot of things to say other than "buy it" for this book as well. Excel is probably one of the most well-known applications on the planet, forget about the ones just developed by Microsoft. If you are new to spreadsheets and want to learn how to create workbooks, input data, work with formulas, sort, etc. save the time and money of driving to a class and just pick up 'Excel for Starters' by Matthew MacDonald and I guarantee you will NOT be disappointed!!

***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excel for Starters - The Missing Manual March 31, 2006
By cher1
Format:Paperback
Because I was not totally computer illiterate, I started using Excel, keeping extensive records. Then, when I wanted to do something other than just entering data into a cell, the "boom was lowered" and that is when I found out all the things I didn't know.

This book showed me all the things that this application can do. It did this in language and examples that were clear and that was easily understood. How refreshing that is when you pick up a manual for a new product.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars extremely helpful December 15, 2009
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This was affordable and useful. 2003 and win XP are widely used in business networks. I needed just a bit of a boost in Excel. This book was perfect for my needs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for those new to excel September 22, 2010
By A. Drum
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This is a fantastic overview of Excel and as labeled it is "For Starters" if you are already regularly using Excel and wanting to expand your knowledge you might want to look elsewhere. If you are just starting your work with Excel this is a great foundation book to learn from.
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Matthew MacDonald is a science and technology writer with well over a dozen books to his name. He's particularly known for his books about building websites, which include a do-it-from-scratch tutorial (Creating a Website: The Missing Manual), a look at cutting-edge HTML5 (HTML5: The Missing Manual), and a WordPress primer (WordPress: The Missing Manual). He's also written a series of books about programming on and off the Web with .NET, teaches programming at Ryerson University, and is a three-time Microsoft MVP.

In everyday life, Matthew is endlessly amazed by the odd, unusual, and just plain bonkers workings of the natural world. Those who don't have tech problems to solve can check out Matthew MacDonald's science books, where he debugs the quirks and complexities of the human brain (Your Brain: The Missing Manual) and body (Your Body: The Missing Manual). Both books include a mash-up of full-color pictures, trivia, and philosophical head-scratchers. Matthew lives in Toronto, with his wife and two daughters.

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