Excel 2007 For Dummies Quick Reference Plastic Comb – 10 Jan 2007
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Fast answers to frequently asked questions Excel 2007 essentials at your fingertips! If you like your answers quick and your information up–to–date, look no further. With this concise, superbly organized reference, you′ll quickly find just what you need to know about navigating the new interface; using the Ribbon and Quick Access toolbar; saving, protecting, and recovering workbook files; entering and editing data; creating formulas and functions, and much more.
About the Author
John Walkenbach is a leading authority on spreadsheet software and is principal of JWalk and Associates Inc., a small San Diego–based consulting firm that specializes in spreadsheet application development. He is the author of approximately three dozen spreadsheet books and has written hundreds of articles and reviews for a variety of publications, including PC World , InfoWorld , Windows magazine, and PC/Computing . John graduated from the University of Missouri and earned a master’s and a PhD from the University of Montana. Visit his Web site at www.j–walk.com. Colin Banfield has been working in the telecommunications field for more than twenty–five years and has been using spreadsheet programs for more than two decades. Colin’s largest Excel project to date is a comprehensive tool that is designed for telephone central office equipment configuration, pricing, and manufacturing and used by sales, engineering, and manufacturing personnel. In between his telecom consulting duties, Colin works with organizations to extract information from corporate databases for business intelligence reporting in Excel. In his spare time, Colin writes and reviews books for Wiley and enjoys photography, astronomy, and expanding his musical repertoire. Colin holds a BSc (Honors) in Electrical Engineering from the University of the West Indies and has received extensive training in many advanced technologies.
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First, you're a newcommer to Excel and want to be hand held from the beginning to get started. I suppose that there must be at least a few people out there who don't know Excel - Well, my mother doesn't, but she's not likely to read this book anyway.
Second, and I suspect most of us fit into this category, we've been using Excel for a lot of years, but at a fairly rudimentary level. We do expense accounts, a few formulas to check things out, maybe use it as a calculator, etc. We don't do things like macros or pivot tables.
Now though, there's a new version of Excel - Excel 2007. It is worth spending the bucks on? What does it have that I might find useful? And I don't want to just see the Microsoft hype, I want a bit more than that. So here for twenty bucks or so is not only a description of what's new, but how to use it.
As best I can tell, the biggest change in Excel 2007 in in its user interface. There's a new look on the screen called the ribbon. This seems to replace all the various toolbars and the like from previous versions with a new layout that puts the bulk of the Excel commands you use only one click away. (The existing File button is replaced by an 'Office' button.) Furthermore, the Ribbon appears to be a dynamic thing. As you are doing something different, for example charting, a different set of frequently used commands appear in the Ribbon. The Ribbon is also easy to customize, so if you're doing a spreadsheet for someone else to use, you can get rid of things that might get them into trouble.
Down inside there are a bunch of other changes. Instead of being limited to a fixed number of columns and rows, how big a sheet you can build is limited only by the memory size. The formatting and fonts area is changed a bunch.
That's just the first chapter of this book. It's a great way to see if the new Excel is for you. And, oh by the way, if you decide that maybe you do want to do a pivot table, it's Chapter 9, and yes, there have been a few changes here as well.