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25 of 26 found the following review helpful:
Not for the NoviceDec 22, 2011
By Guy Crouchback
I learned Lotus 123 in the mid-80's and was writing fairly sophisticated programs using its macro language a few years later. This wasn't a hobby; it put bread on the table. At some point I (and everyone) moved to Excel. I never developed the skill with Excel that I had with 123 (I was a "boss" by then), but I was competent enough for routine recordkeeping and short programming.
Now in retirement, I find I must update to X2010 - having missed several program upgrades. I find the Office 2010 program vastly different from what I used in the past, and so I ordered Microsoft's book "Step by Step." That title suggests, "OK, we'll take this one step at a time, from the beginning." But the book is nothing of the sort: by page 25 or 30, the reader is already confronted with what I'd call Advanced (or at least specialized) Topics. Information on such elementary things as changing the settings that were once found in Tools > Options is not explained (indeed, Tools isn't there anymore; most of such stuff now seems to be found within the File menu option).
The Tools menu having departed, it seems the Help menu has as well. The program offers a "Help" of sorts, but it's neither consistent nor robust across the range of topics. All of which suggests the need for good basic books for beginners or those making a "deep upgrade." This is not such a book.
38 of 43 found the following review helpful:
Correction: Readers DO get a free digital copyAug 13, 2010
By Steven Weiss
To make a few key points about the preceding review:
1. Microsoft Press & O'Reilly Media are in a strategic alliance to produce Microsoft Press books and other resources. There are still lots and lots of people working at Microsoft who are at the center of Microsoft Press publishing.
2. Anyone who buys a print edition of this book gets a free, downloadable, fully searchable PDF of the book. You just follow the directions on a voucher card in the back of the book, register (completely free) at Safari Books Online, use the unique code on your scratch-off voucher card, and you'll be able to view the book online or download the book.
3. The link book's exercise files are here: [...]indeed, some readers have found the link descriptions a little hard to read; we're working to fix that in upcoming titles and in reprints).
4. The reason we replaced having CDs in books with making material available online is: bundling CD-ROMs means those media can get scratched and cracked, and even removed from books while at the store (not the case with Amazon, of course). Also, system configuration issues can get in the way. Someone sits down with their new book, the CD doesn't work, they're frustrated. We've switched to making ancillary files available online, which has been deeply appreciated by most of our readers (which isn't to de-legitimize the opinions of those who'd still prefer a bundled CD, of course.) As well, it makes it possible to update those files as necessary throughout the entire life of a book.
Hoping this helps,
--Steve Weiss, associate publisher, Microsoft Press / O'Reilly Media (steve[at][...]
20 of 22 found the following review helpful:
Great Excel Learning ToolSep 02, 2010
By Dan McKinnon
'Microsoft Excel 2010 Step by Step' is a great resource for anyone looking to learn Excel and get playing with their spreadsheets as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Clocking in at 400+ pages, content is as follows:
01. Creating a Workbook
02. Working With Data & Tables
03. Performing Calculations
04. Changing Workbook Appearances
06. Summarizing Data
07. Combining Data From Multiple Sources
08. Alternative Data Sets
10. Charts & Graphics
13. Playing Nice With Other Microsoft Office Apps
The writing is tight and to the point, examples are relevant and interesting, and using this book was a pleasant experience. If you need a great Excel book to teach you the 2010 way, take a step to 'Step by Step'!!
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Step by Step 2010Jul 15, 2011
I like this book. The exercises are very helpful, and interactive and takes you deeply into the functionality of the software. I am in an accounting program, and my current position does not involve the creation or use of spreadsheets. Recognizing the importance and widespread use of Excel, I decided to take a self study course. I used two others before purchasing this book, and this is more interactive and I am learning more.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
Not Worth the PrintingFeb 27, 2012
This book is not worth ordering, as it is so hard to understand and follow. It is not worth your time. If you need a book, order the book for dummies and you will have something thats right to the point on each subject. The one I order given came to me damaged.
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