Curtis Frye

Curtis Frye

Excel expert and keynote speaker

Portland, Oregon

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Curtis Frye is the author of numerous books on Excel and other Office products, most recently Microsoft Excel 2013 Step by Step. He graduated from Syracuse in 1990 with a degree in political science, and then moved to Washington, DC, where he worked as a defense trade analyst for four years and as the director of sales and marketing for an ISP for one year. He moved to Portland, Oregon, in 1995 to launch his freelance writing career. When Curt's not writing, and often while he is writing, he is a keynote speaker, mentalist, and professional improvisational comedian.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Excel
  • teambuilding
  • corporate entertainment
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • writing



“A powerful pick for any who would learn Office Professional 2010.”
— James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review: The Bookwatch, The Computer Shelf, July 2012, Volume 7, Number 7
“Like other Step by Step books, this one doesn’t go into every last detail of every last thing one can do with Office 2010, but concentrates on giving people confidence with the tasks they’ll do most often.”
— Marte Brengle, Windows 7 Tutorials
“Bottom Line: Would I buy Microsoft Home and Student 2010 – Step by Step? Yes, for beginners and casual users it offers invaluable help that does not always seem accessible on-line.”
— Miss Bob Etier,
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010 Step by Step...does a fine job of introducing the basics of Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.”
— Craig S. Mullins, Data and Technology Today
“Another of the Plain & Simple series, the introduction states just what the book is: “You want the information you need—nothing more, nothing less—and you want it now.” That is exactly what this book does is give you the quick step-by-step to complete the needed task.”
— Brian D. Halley, MCP, A+, Gulf States Conf IT Help