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Simply Excel 2010
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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Having used earlier versions of Excel and now revisiting as a result of my work this book covers the basics of the latest version. In no way is it a complete course, but the information it contains is well laid out and is presented in an easy readable style.

Shortly before receiving this volume i commenced this course
Learn Excel 2007 Essential Skills with The Smart Method: Courseware Tutorial for Self-instruction to Beginner and Intermediate Level

Working my way though that and being able to transfer that knowledge to the new version has been interesting.

If you're looking to learn Excel the 'Essential Skills' book is the way to go, it's packed with far more information and has the advantage that there is an accompanying DVD, albeit at extra cost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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As this book makes clear, it's very much a novices' guide for those who aren't that computer savvy and don't want to have to navigate the wilds of Excel's own help pages or work it out for themselves by trial and error, so it's pretty much redundant for anyone who's had experience with Excel or similar programs. But with more people relying on computer software accounting programs without necessarily being especially computer literate, the simple layout and step-by-step instructions clear and concise, which is ideal if you're just looking to find out which buttons to press to get the right result. Naturally that means a lot of it is pretty basic stuff, but it acts well as a good refresher course if you're not a regular user for the more difficult functions as well. It doesn't get bogged down in extraneous detail and in a couple of places the decision to strictly limit each subject to two pages seems a little too rigorously enforced, and it's also a problem that it's not entirely backward compatible - if you're operating on an older version, you might end up beating your head against the keyboard looking for functions your program doesn't have. But overall, it's a well presented and easy to use guide that's ideal for the novice and the casual user looking to brush up on a few points.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 16 December 2010
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This is a useful and good value book. It will be most suitable for entry level excel users, but does have value for more experienced excel users who are new to the software changes that were made in office 2007 and now added to in the 2010 version. If you are new to both excel and excel 2010 then this book is an ideal way to start.

The use of highlighted screen shots using full colour is an effective way of describing the functionality. The index is well set out, and generally the book is ordered in a way that makes it easy to find what you want quickly. In truth there isn't much here that a user couldn't find within the help section of excel, but there is no doubt that many of us are self-taught in using software and you don't know what you don't know. For excel in particular reading a book like this can show you easier ways of doing things which you might never have thought of.

Overall then, if you have need of a basic, entry level guide, clearly set out and fully embracing of the `Microsoft ribbon' (which still frustrates me!) then this is a worthwhile investment.
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I am an experienced Excel user, but with older versions of the application.
I was managing to find my way around the new look and layout of the latest Excel version but found it frustrating and time consuming.
This book is useful because it manages to explain core and key features in simple terms, and has pictures in support which really do help.
This means you can learn very quickly without having to read a lengthy tome.
This enables you to get on with your work.
Be aware that this book does not go into heavy weight nested formulae and the minutiae and fine detail of Excel like some of the Microsoft guides, but deals with all of the popular functions you are more likely to use on a daily basis.
This book is ideal for either a basic user or a frustrated veteren irritated by all the changes
Does exactly what it says on the cover.
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Simple Excel 2010 is a concise guide from the basic elements to some more intermediate excel options. So if you are new to Excel 2010, or upgrading from Excel 2000, then this could be the guide for you.

The book is written in clear English with well laid out pages based around screen shots used for actual examples. A good use of colours then highlight the different elements that are key to understanding what you need to do. This means that it is easy for you to replicate what the book is showing you by looking at the screen shots and following the steps.

The early chapters are for those new to Excel itself, then we move onto entering text, numbers, and symbols into cells and editing data... The sections are:
1. Working with Excel
2. Entering & editing data
3. Working with Excel ranges
4. Formatting Excel ranges
5. Building formulas & functions
6. Manipulating Excel worksheets
7. Dealing with Excel workbooks
8. Analysing Excel data
9. Visualising Excel data with Excel charts
10. Collaborating with other people

Whereas Excel 2010 for Dummies Excel 2010 for Dummies is more than 400 pages, Simply Excel is only 200 pages so it will naturally have less content. But the content is the essential elements, and you will usually be able to find the relevant pages to answer your problem quite quickly. With the large Dummies book I can take ages just to find the right page!

Definitely a useful book for your shelf to call upon when you need to.
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This is a model of good design. It's beautifully laid out, with superb use of colour coding for indexing and locating. The step by step explanations with screenshots are excellent. Not being experienced with Excel, I found this book extremely helpful in preparing a table of figures. It is particularly useful that the screenshots have little arrowed numbered indicators showing exactly where the buttons are onscreen, that the step-by-step text instructions refer to. It's hard to imagine a better way to set out a book on using Excel!
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Although I use Excel every day at work and home, I consider myself as an intermetiate level and I've been feeling I'm stuck there for a while now, so I got this book to improve my skills. This book is not one of those slightly dull ones with black & white or ones with not enough pictures. This book is teaching in the best way for me, as it contains many screen shots in colour, which would explain 100 times better than simply explaining with words. Similar instruction books with CD-ROMs are not as useful as they may sound, unless you have two PCs next to each other, as you can compare them, otherwise you need to flick the windows all the time.

But with this book you can simply follow what it says and shows in the book on your PC at your own speed, so you don't need to attend classes or anything. You'll be able to improve your skills alone quietly and get ahead of others!

The problem is that the PC I use at work doesn't use the 2010 version yet and still use slightly dinosaur the 2003 version, so many of the functions illustrated in this book simply do not exist! So although I want to explor the new skills at work, I haven't been able to do so. So make sure you have the right version at least at home (if not at work) to draw out the maximum potential from this book!

Hope this helps!
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VINE VOICEon 18 November 2010
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This book's target audience really is for someone who has never used Microsoft Excel, regardless of version. Also it is set out in a way that it assumes its reader is not really familiar with how Microsoft Programs work (in their new Ribbon Style format).

In this way it really does provide a very comprehensive guide into doing all of the basics in Excel, from how to change font colour to how to insert a sum or perform conditional formatting etc.

The strength of the book is the beauty of its presentation, really well laid out and making fantastic use of screen shots.

I have used Microsoft programs for years so there is a bit of repetition on the basics, but even I have found the book useful in various areas.

For the quality of the book, its layout, presentation and explanations it is clearly a 5/5 book and essential for an Excel Beginner.

For someone more familiar with Excel (especially since 2007) you will have less new material to read and it may only help you by providing a few short cuts to jobs you already know how to perform.
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VINE VOICEon 15 December 2010
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As an ICT teacher of more years than I care to calculate, I had my doubts over the usefulness of this book, but I was pleasantly impressed. The front cover is aweful, and gives the title gives the impression that the contents will be superficial. However, it manages to cater for several audiences, the relatively new and the experienced both gain from this read. It has extremely well laid out and clear contents, the quality of the print is actually quite striking and makes it more compelling, as far as that is possible with a spreadsheet application. So, I found that the book covers most if not all aspects of the tools available in Excel 2010, with extremely accessible explanations and instructions. A big plus for someone who is used to such book was that you can drop into particular chapters without having to have followed it from page one and completing several tasks. So, worth buying
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