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Excel 2003 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies

Excel 2003 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Greg Harvey
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When you think of number-crunching and spreadsheets, you think of Excel, right? After Word, it’s the most popular program in the Microsoft Office suite. But if technical jargon isn’t your first language, you may have found Excel just a teeny bit frustrating. It can be really hard to pick your way through the many features and make Excel do what you need for it to do.

Once you know how, you can use Excel to

  • Create fill-in-the-blank forms
  • Prepare expense reports and invoices
  • Manage all sorts of data
  • Keep sales and inventory records
  • Analyze financial data and create forecasts
  • Present information in charts and graphs

Excel 2003 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies tames the Excel monster. Nine minibooks break things down into manageable, logical sections covering the basics, worksheet design, formulas and functions, worksheet collaboration, charts and graphics, data management, data analysis, working on the Web, and tweaking Excel with a programming language called Visual Basic for Applications, or VBA. In the friendly, plain-English For Dummies style, this book makes it easy to find what you’re looking for and get instructions for doing what you need to do. You’ll be able to

  • Find your way around Excel’s menus, toolbars, and dialog boxes, and access online help
  • Format a professional-looking spreadsheet that presents data the way you choose
  • Edit an existing spreadsheet without disturbing its design or contents
  • Build Excel formulas and use built-in functions to produce the calculations you want
  • Share spreadsheet data with other people and programs, and collect comments
  • Create great-looking charts and find out how to choose the right format to display your data effectively
  • Use Excel to maintain large amounts of data, then filter the data to extract the information you need
  • Publish spreadsheets and charts on the Web in HTML format
  • Explore ways to customize Excel with VBA

Best of all, it’s easy to find what you need in Excel 2003 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies. Before you know it, you’ll discover you’ve developed a friendship with Excel that will make your life easier, boost your business, and impress your friends!

From the Back Cover

9 books in 1– your key to Excel 2003 success! Your one–stop guide to building worksheets, creating formulas, managing data, and more Excel is famous for its incredible range of capabilities – accompanied by incredibly complex explanations that only a devout techie can understand. Jettison the jargon with this perfectly organized reference guide! You’ll discover how to use Excel’s every feature, and best of all, find the answer in a hurry should you still get stuck. The Dummies Way Coverage of the essentials and beyond Explanations in plain English "Get in, get out" information Thumbtabs and other navigation aids Tear–out cheat sheet A dash of humor and fun

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 37132 KB
  • Print Length: 840 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (28 July 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #307,011 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Written in plain english 27 Mar 2007
By T.W
What a breath of fresh air to find a down to earth explanation of how to get on with Excel 2003. It's written in plain english, with a sense of humour thrown in. With clear step-by-step instructions and plenty of illustrations to get you through each subject, you can't go wrong. In just a few days, I've read the book and carried out the instructions of the exercises with ease, and I'm not a computer whizz by any stretch of the imagination. Well worth the money.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book for all standards of user 8 Dec 2009
I am an entirely self taught Excel user. Having had to learn quickly to use formulae, charts, pivot tables and macros I found this book invaluable as a complete beginner and also later as a quick reference guide. I understood the basics i.e. copy, paste but only used Excel for writing lists but could not do anything productive with them.

This book explains the basics of Excel really well and in easy to follow language. The only negative being that the book really is aimed at total beginners to advanced users so will teach you quite simple things like how to save documents etc but I tended to skip these parts. You also do need to have a computer to hand so that you can try out the things you learn otherwise it can get a little complicated. The positive side of going through this, however, is that you actually learn why you need to do certain things and later, when your Excel knowledge has improved, this makes it easier to understand advanced functions and macros etc.

My Excel knowledge is now quite advanced but I still find myself nipping in and out of this book whenever I am confronted with a request that I am unsure about. It pretty much has everything in here that you need. I particularly like the Understanding Errors bit. There are also quite a few picture examples given though a few more would have been great as I find these quite useful.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who needs a good Excel book. Just be aware that this book is aimed at all user abilities.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good reference book which will suit most users 4 Dec 2009
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We use this book when we deliver our Excel introduction and Excel Intermediate courses. The guide is laid out in a strange way. The first book (there are 9 mini books in one) contains some good topics like terminology and screen layout etc but the same book goes on to customising Excel with new Menu Bars and Speech commands that most people will never use.

The information is laid out in an easy to follow way and the screen shots and example scenarios do make sense. We recommend that our delegates use the book as a reference book back at work when stuck on something specific. The index is comprehensive and we usually find what we are looking for (although not always in the most logical of places!)

We would advise NOT to read this book as it is printed - it doesn't make sense and some topics appear much harder.

If you have used formulas in Excel before then this book is for you - it will answer your questions when you are stuck or need to use something new. If you havent used Excel at all before then be wary - there is no logical order to the book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great point of reference 24 Oct 2011
By Steph
My Excel knowledge was quite good anyway and I thought this book would be great to teach me the things I don't know such as Macros etc, however I decided to read it cover to cover and I have picked a couple of great pointers such as shortcuts and settings etc. Great point of reference for any self-taught Excel user and also anyone who uses the package regularly.
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55 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 Mar 2004
By Alex
This book helped me to understand and explore the use of Excel, it gave me a real helping hand when coming to do my As ICT coursework and would recommend it to anyone...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
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Exactly what I expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars does what it says on the tin 30 Mar 2013
By jp
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this book is as described and will be very useful helping me get more from excel and spreadsheets thank you
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4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job 26 Mar 2013
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Bought this some time ago when learning excel. Easy to read etc. I refer only occasionally to it now but can usually find answers to anything i need without problem.
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It is a really comprehensive book for someone who is more than Excel literate ,but by the title I would have thought it to be an idiot's guide, this it is not. Read more
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Great good book, easy to use. Instructions are clear and simple. Just what I wanted. nice and easy and i can understand more now.
Published 23 months ago by Stephen Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excel 2003 All-in-one Desk Reference for Dummies
I think I was too ambitious - it's far too comprehensive and detailed for me. I think it would be great for someone who was going to do an awful lot with Excel, so a great book, I... Read more
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Published on 27 Nov 2012 by silki66
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money.
I paid 9pence for this product and it takes you step by step. Awesome and in excellent condition. I don't know how to use Excel, now with this book, I will gain confidence.
Published on 31 Oct 2012 by Jit
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I'm so glad I bought this guide. It really is very easy to understand and has helped me a lot!
Published on 13 Jun 2011 by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Even good for heavy duty Excel users
I do lots of tables and reporting in Excel and this book is very helpfull with their detailed description of the subjects. Read more
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