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Excel 2010 Made Easy [Paperback]

Lynn Wright
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5 Oct 2012 Made Easy
Whether you are new to Microsoft Excel or keen to polish your spreadsheet skills, find out how to make the most of this useful program with Microsoft Excel 2010 Made Easy. From getting started with ready-made templates to setting up your own formulas and building charts and graphs, this book guides you step-by-step through Excel's key features. Written in straightforward language with jargon busters throughout, this book will help you master all the Excel tools you need.


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Which? Books (5 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844901432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844901432
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Consultant editor, Lynn Wright, is an editor and journalist with 20 years' experience in writing about computing, technology and digital photography.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excel: perfect partner! 1 Nov 2012
By Duncurin VINE VOICE
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As a young lad I remember saving for a Sinclair Spectrum, which eventually arrived complete with programs on cassette tapes. Included in these was a spreadsheet and I remember wondering what possible use could there be for such a program! Years later and I'm sure few would argue that the current incarnation of Excel represents the almost perfect evolution for this type of software. Software that is used increasingly to define and measure doctors' performance, underspends, overspends and other delights I won't bore you with.

Sadly as software has become more complex, more powerful and more expensive, manuals have become scarce and though of course we can use online help and help files; in my view there is nothing better than relaxing with a paper manual and certainly nothing that can give you great insight and an overview, quickly about a programme's overall uses and capabilities. I am of the view this detached nature of the help files and online assistance has created a generation of users who simply content themselves with just a part of the overall functionality of some pretty impressive software - like this. This excellent book which is beautifully presented and illustrated seeks to reverse this and I believe it does so with aplomb. It gives and excellent overview of the main features and is backed up with clear screen shots so that one knows exactly where to find what one is looking for and what results will be achieved. In truth I would have liked more worked examples, but one could argue that all Microsoft software, these days, comes with hundreds of predefined templates and examples that one can modify once the basics have been learned.

In conclusion then, this excellent volume is pitched perfectly between clarity, ease of understanding and detail and describes the vast array of functions available to the person who has mastered its contents - such that few spreadsheet difficulties will elude you. One for the bedside table - many thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An accessible and helpful guide 8 Mar 2013
By L. H. Healy TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This guide is from the Which? organisation who are well-known for providing straightforward and honest advice and recommendations about all sorts of consumer goods and services. Here they have produced a book as a guide to Excel 2010, which is full of examples, easy to follow, clear text, and lots and lots of useful screenshots. I find these images really helpful and important in a book like this because I can refer to them to confirm that what I should have on the screen in front of me after following the written instructions looks the same as what they show in the book, and thereby know that I am working along the right lines. There are plenty of full colour screenshots; I think there's one or more on virtually every page.

The book is organised into logical sections, beginning with getting started and the basics of opening and saving a workbook. Then it moves on to worksheets and cells, formulas and functions, photos and graphics, and viewing and analysing date. There's also a section on keyboard shortcuts, a `jargon buster', and a decent index.

I think this is a very accessible book with clear text and helpful images, and is an ideal starting point for teaching yourself about Excel. It should be particularly useful for anyone who is totally new to using the Excel software and also for people who can use it a little but would like to learn a bit more and improve their skills. I imagine that there are much more advanced things that can be done with the software which may not be covered here, but this is certainly a useful introduction or refresher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Which Microsoft 2010 10 Feb 2013
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Bought this to help with remembering Excel as it's a few years since I have used it and also to help my daughter who has just got a job in an office using word & excel.

She found it very easy to understand and so do I, I also liked the colour pictures which helped with understanding, the chapters are very informative and it definately makes for easy reading. I had looked at other books before buying this book and most are in black & white and I think those books wouldn't of help at all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for Excel beginners 3 Jan 2013
By Dodster TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I use excel sometimes in my job. Far from an expert. I found this book is very useful. The book assumes no previous knowledge, but by the end you've encountered formulas, can create charts and are able to view and analyse data.If you are an occasional user and want to develop your skills, it's good for that too. The presentation is colourful and easy to follow.
I would have liked a resource base of spreadsheets to practise on rather than having to create from scratch, which takes time. That niggle aside, this is an excellent resource and is thoroughly recommended. Microsoft Excel 2010 Made Easy
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By Tim from Surrey VINE VOICE
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Excel 2010 made easy

I chose this book because where I work I have to use spreadsheets, and I often forget some of the very simple concepts about spreadsheets.

I began to work through this book at a slow pace, just as if I was learning to use spreadsheets for the very first time. The writers of the book assume that the user really doesn't know anything about spreadsheets, which is a very good premise to work from.

The style of the book is clear: it shows a typical spreadsheet with data, and explains what it all means, giving the correct names (for example `cell' and `column'). The first section is straightforward, and is designed to `get started' using a spreadsheet. Yes, it does include such basic items as how to print a spreadsheet. All throughout the book, which is in colour, it gives a `photoshot' of the spreadsheet and highlights the area that is being worked on, and giving a beautifully clear description of what to do, and how to do it.

The next section is about the spreadsheet, adding data, moving data, modifying the data, and formatting. A typical problem is after entering written data into a cell, being able to see all that data, and this section shows how to make the text fit. Within this section, it gives a example of a birthday party, and how to change font, size, colour, alignment, before it moves into conditional formatting.

The third section, which is always a hard one, is the formulae and functions area. But this book really does `excel' by working through and giving very clear guidance and instructions. Interestingly, although this is potentially the most complex area of using spreadsheets, the book shows just the basics - which is probably the most sensible option. It prevents overload!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Churned out without enough thought.
This book does little more than take you through the functions of Excel one by one, with noisy screen dumps as examples. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Prof TBun
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book For A Total Novice
I use excel a lot in my job but don't by any means consider myself an expert. I can do just about enough to get through what I need. Read more
Published 19 months ago by RozziD
4.0 out of 5 stars Good clear starter manual
This is a perfect starter book for those just beginning to use this ubiquitous application.
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Published 20 months ago by John W. Edelman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners
The range of computer guides 'made easy' are all well laid out with good use of colourful screen shots and clear highlighting of what to click in a step-by-step approach. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Alison
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCEL 2010 WHICH
The WHICH series usually stands for a quality and helpful unbiased product. This is an independent book that has not been written in conjunction with Microsoft in anyway. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mr. William Oxley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners
I'm an intermediate Excel user and hoped to pick up some helpful tips for the upgrade to Office 2010. However I found the book was really aimed at the absolute Excel beginner. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mimi Moor
4.0 out of 5 stars Baffled no more...
I have always hated Excel comparing its lack of user-friendliness to the dark days of the Gestapo... with cries of 'Who made this?''... and 'Why! Read more
Published 20 months ago by P. Keeling
5.0 out of 5 stars An in depth basic guide
A nice colourful and well laid out book that looks at the basics of Excel in quite a bit of details. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Fraser the Frank Fish
4.0 out of 5 stars Worksheet Update.
As with the other Which guides I have used...this is an easy to follow, logical walk through excel. Very good use of colour screen shots and back up notes. Read more
Published 20 months ago by T. Satchwell
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