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Press Release: October 22, 2003

"Excel Pocket Guide": A Pocket-Sized Quick Reference to Common and Advanced Excel Tasks

Sebastopol, CA--All too often the novice user's introduction to Microsoft Excel is a case of sudden immersion--one that leaves them in possession of the rudiments but unaware of dozens of features and shortcuts that Excel offers. Rather than sitting in a classroom to learn or having the leisure to work through a friendly tutorial, new users will find themselves confronted with a spreadsheet they've inherited from a predecessor or discover that they need to come up to speed instantly to complete a project. Under these circumstances, they'll master the basics they'll need to use daily, but will forego a deeper understanding of the subtlety, elegance, and power of Excel.

The Excel Pocket Guide (O'Reilly US $9.95) by Curt Frye will fill in the gaps in any Excel user's education in a jiffy. Packed with tips, shortcuts, and step-by-step instruction, this compact reference to the world's most popular spreadsheet application covers the most common tasks in Excel 97, 2000, and 2003. This handy guide provides the quick help Excel users need to:

  • Create, customize, edit, format, and navigate an Excel workbook
  • Manipulate and calculate data, and create and audit mathematical formulas
  • Use Excel to create, edit, and publish pages to the Web
  • Summarize data with PivotTables and PivotCharts
  • This small but potent quick-look-up guide to Excel features is suitable for anyone who uses Excel. Readers who are new to Excel will find easy-to follow instructions and simple tips for getting started with this powerful program. Excel veterans can brush up on forgotten skills and learn about features they never knew existed. The "Excel Pocket Guide" will help users at all levels of expertise become Excel experts.

    Additional Resources:

    Excel Pocket Guide
    Curt Frye
    ISBN 0-596-00534-2, 111 pages, $9.95 US, $15.95 CA
    1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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