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Excel 97 for Windows For Dummies [Paperback]

Greg Harvey
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3 Jan 1997 For Dummies
Just because electronic spreadsheets like Excel 97 have become almost as commonplace on today′s personal computers as word processors and games doesn′t mean that they′re well understood or well used. In fact, many computer users – even those well versed in the art of writing and editing in Microsoft Word – have little or no idea of what they could or should do in Excel. Do you fall into that category? If so, rest assured – you′re not alone. Excel is a great organizer for all types of data, be they numeric, textual, or otherwise. Because the program has loads of built–in calculating capabilities, most people turn to Excel when they need to set up financial spreadsheets and create fancy reports with charts and graphs. But those aren′t the only things Excel can do, and Excel 97 For Windows For Dummies can help you discover all the cool things you can do with Excel. Written in a breezy, easy–to–understand style by veteran Dummies author Greg Harvey, Excel 97 For Windows For Dummies is the perfect resource for anyone who uses Excel, whether you′re new to spreadsheets or you′ve been using them for a while and want to pick up some additional pointers. Here′s just a sampling of what you can find in Excel 97 For Windows For Dummies : Moving around in the Excel interface Creating a spreadsheet from scratch Entering your spreadsheet data with ease Making your spreadsheet presentable Creating charts and putting your spreadsheet on the Web Working with multiple worksheets and collaborating with others Top Ten lists on setting Excel preferences, creating Excel macros, and customizing your Excel toolbars So, if all you want to know is how to accomplish the things you need to do in Excel – and without having to become a spreadsheet guru – then Excel 97 For Windows For Dummies is the perfect introduction to the world of spreadsheets.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (3 Jan 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076450049X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764500497
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 19 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,238,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Get time–saving tips on data entry, formatting, and more Find out how to put worksheets on the Web Get up and running fast — even if you don′t know a spreadsheet from a bedsheet Excel 97 can help you keep records, crunch numbers, and track trends — once you get the hang of it. That′s where this friendly guide comes in. Packed with expert tips and tricks, it walks you step–by–step through Excel fundamentals — and shows you how to take advantage of AutoFill, HTML formatting, macros, and other cool features. Discover how to Create worksheets and enter data Use formulas and functions Make your spreadsheets look fabulous Organize multiple worksheets Work with charts, databases, and hyperlinks Customize Excel 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 Get smart! www.dummies.com Register to win cool prizes Browse exclusive articles and excerpts Get a free Dummies Daily ™ e–mail newsletter Chat with authors and preview other books Talk to us, ask questions, get answers

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Greg Harvey is a veteran software trainer and the author of more than thirty computer books.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Believe me, I do not delve into new software with eager anticipation and great optimism. Never having worked with a spreadsheet, I thought I was in for a frustrating, drawn out process in trying to learn Excel from a book. I quickly read through the first two chapters (delighted to realize that I already knew a bit of what was being presented)and sat down to create a perfect spreadsheet, replete with formulae and formatting! It was such a thrill to add this powerful ally to my bag of tricks that even after I had completed the work task at hand, I continued to read and play with the features. Fear not. Jump right in with Excel for Dummies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, pretty helpful 25 Oct 1998
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Format:Paperback
Although I have had alot of previous self-taught experience with Excel 97, I found myself flipping through the book and picking up a lot of very useful tips that I was unaware of. After going through the book, I realized that the Excel software had a lot more room for potential and creativity than I was previously unaware of.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pivot Tables not covered! 20 May 2002
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Format:Paperback
I have just taken delivery of the book and enthusiastically opened it up....but can't find anything about pivot tables! - which was the reason I purchased the book (for work). As there is no 'Advanced Excel 97 for Dummies' I hadn't thought that the topic would not be covered - quite disappointing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Technophobe creates beautiful spreadsheet on first try! 18 Jan 1999
By Phyllis B. Horowitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Believe me, I do not delve into new software with eager anticipation and great optimism. Never having worked with a spreadsheet, I thought I was in for a frustrating, drawn out process in trying to learn Excel from a book. I quickly read through the first two chapters (delighted to realize that I already knew a bit of what was being presented)and sat down to create a perfect spreadsheet, replete with formulae and formatting! It was such a thrill to add this powerful ally to my bag of tricks that even after I had completed the work task at hand, I continued to read and play with the features. Fear not. Jump right in with Excel for Dummies.
39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't have been easier! 7 May 2000
By neets - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm the first to admit, I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer. But when my job duties grew to include spreadsheets, I got smart really fast with this book. In just a few hours I learned not only what a spreadsheet was, but how to create one, and make IT do the computations I had formerly done by hand and calculator. I never thought one piece of software could simplify so much of my work load, and I never thought one book could teach me so much in a simple, easy to understand, easy to replicate style. I am now the Spreadsheet Queen, second to none!
50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, pretty helpful 25 Oct 1998
By motsam@yahoo.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Although I have had alot of previous self-taught experience with Excel 97, I found myself flipping through the book and picking up a lot of very useful tips that I was unaware of. After going through the book, I realized that the Excel software had a lot more room for potential and creativity than I was previously unaware of.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dumber Than A "Dummy?" 23 July 2000
By Dan H. Gulley - Published on Amazon.com
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You have to be far from an Excel "Dummy" in order to make good use of this book. It starts out showing you the various shortcuts and tricks that make Excel operate more efficiently, but it does nothing for the person who's knowledge of Excel is limited to booting up the program. My biggest gripe that at no point did it give you a start-up spreadsheet that would allow you to build your knowledge as you went along, using the shortcuts and tips that the book includes, so after you are about 100 pages into the book, you are saying to yourself, "So, if I want to set up a spreadsheet for my business, what do I put in 'A1'?"
My advice is to find someone who knows Excel, pay them the price of the book for an hour of their time, and go from there. You'll learn more in that hour than the entire book will tell you. That is, if you're a "Dummy" like me.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still holds up... 29 Aug 2002
By mellion108 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Yep, this one is outdated just a bit, but I have to admit, I still reach for it when I need to work out those little problems with spreadsheets. This is a very easy to read, humorous, and down-to-earth guide to Excel. I especially love the chapter titled "Top Ten Thousand Keystroke Shortcuts." The chapter headings and sub-headings are very easy to follow, and the author includes clear screen shots that guide the Excel user through each step. The Dummies line of how-to books are excellent, and this is no exception. It still holds its own even with software upgrades.
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