- Paperback: 1020 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (3 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 144935727X
- ISBN-13: 978-1449357276
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 5.1 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 477,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Excel 2013: The Missing Manual Paperback – 3 May 2013
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About the Author
Matthew MacDonald is a science and technology writer with well over a dozen books to his name. Web novices can tiptoe out onto the Internet with him in Creating a Website: The Missing Manual. HTML fans can learn about the cutting edge of web design in HTML5: The Missing Manual. And human beings of all description can discover just how strange they really are in the quirky handbooks Your Brain: The Missing Manual and Your Body: The Missing Manual.
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First the bad stuff. You read this as you want to spend less time in front of a computer screen and get a better result doing it. The book is THICK. I mean close to 3" thick! The prose addresses the broad user community so describes everything from creating a worksheet to grouping tabs for concurrent formatting. I am a late 90s strong Lotus 123 convert so much of the text is irrelevant. Its author also attempts to be your mate as he is writing, attempting to humanise the prose with little attempts at bonhomme. I do not want to be friendly with anyone that has the time and attention to detail to write this, I want to learn how to use the product better, so this is wasted characters and frustrating for me.
But the things you will learn from this book and the impact this will have on your excel make it worth the pain of working through it. Yes, you probably already know 80-95% of it, but the value you will get from the tricks and tips you find make the effort worthwhile.
Highly recommended for 5+ hour a week Excel users. For occasional, or no aspirations to be a power Excel user, get something about 1/2 thick. Or find someone with this on their desk and watch them work. But stay away from this book, unless you want something that in a desperate situation can also be usefully employed in home defense.