7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant book for all standards of user,
This review is from: Excel 2003 All-in-one Desk Reference for Dummies (Paperback)
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.