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on 27 October 2010
This book, I won't call it a textbook as it's much too good for that title, is fantastic. I've looked for years for a book that covers the basics of Excel in an easily referenced guide and at last I've found it.
The note inside says the book is written for novices who have never used the software, and yes, it would serve that group well. My problem has always been that I use Excel infrequently so consistently forget how to do simple things like link sheets and put titles on charts. This book caters for users like me too, as you can dip in to a section very easily and remind yourself how to do a particular task.
Topics are grouped into sections like 'Building formulas' and 'Analysing Excel data' and cover the basics from how to enter data into a cell to more advanced tasks (for me anyway) such as setting data validation rules. Regular users of Excel with a good working knowledge of the program would probably find this a bit basic in places, but would no doubt find it useful as a reference.
The book is consistent in its approach, with each topic, e.g. 'Entering text in a cell' and 'Track workbook changes' covering two page sides only, so you don't wade through over-lengthy explanations and get bogged down. Each topic is well illustrated with screengrabs from Excel and are easy to understand.
This is a fantastic book and would be well worth purchasing for people who are either beginners or infrequent users of Excel.