January 10, 2005
"Excel Annoyances": A Cure for Excel Angst
Sebastopol, CA--"There's a lot of accumulated Excel angst out there," says
Curtis Frye, author of the new Excel Annoyances (O'Reilly, US $24.95).
"But you don't have time for nail biting. You need solutions now. The
faster you can navigate around the roadblocks, the faster you can make
good decisions, earn that bonus, get promoted to partner, retire with full
salary, and never use Excel again."
Toward that end, Frye delivers Excel Annoyances, the key to fixing all
the problems that most annoy Excel users. In this, his seventh book on
Excel, author, Excel guru, and professional improvisational comedian Frye
comes to the rescue of the many users who are "at their wits' end because
of some Excel 'feature,' bug, quirk, flaw, or just plain dumb design
decision," as he observes.
Microsoft Excel is the must-have spreadsheet program that's used for
everything from running Little League teams to managing the budgets and
forecasts of businesses all over the planet. But with such power comes
perils: date formats that mysteriously change, lists that won't sort
properly, formulas with tangled references, endless recalculations, and
charts that refuse to be labeled.
Based on real-world gripes from Excel users around the globe, Excel
Annoyances tackles the frustrations, inconsistencies, limitations, and
hidden features found in Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. It also guides
readers to useful utilities, web sites, and other resources that are
likely to make their lives easier.
Divided into practical, logical chapters dedicated to topics like data
entry, formulas, formatting, exchanging data, printing, charts,
macros/VBA, and more, this fully illustrated, entertaining guide is
brimming with smart and simple fixes for most every annoyance users
encounter. It covers:
Handling faulty formats, using conditional formats, and
exporting/importing with ease
Making formulas snap by using arrays and names ranges, and
troubleshooting wonky references
Sorting and filtering like a pro, using lookups, and mastering
Creating and manipulating charts
Printing reports the intended way
Moving data to and from Access, SQL databases, and the Web
From eliminating Clippy, to using if-then statements, to bringing up the
magic 8-ball, the fixes, tools, and tips in Excel Annoyances will help
readers make Excel do precisely what they want it to--and plenty more they
never considered--as they customize Excel inside and out.
ISBN: 0-596-00728-0, 235 pages, $24.95 US, $46.95 CA
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