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When you think of number-crunching and spreadsheets, you think ofExcel, right? After Word, it’s the most popular program inthe Microsoft Office suite. But if technical jargon isn’tyour first language, you may have found Excel just a teeny bitfrustrating. It can be really hard to pick your way through themany features and make Excel do what you need for it to do.

Once you know how, you can use Excel to

  • Create fill-in-the-blank forms
  • Prepare expense reports and invoices
  • Manage all sorts of data
  • Keep sales and inventory records
  • Analyze financial data and create forecasts
  • Present information in charts and graphs

Excel 2003 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies tamesthe Excel monster. Nine minibooks break things down intomanageable, logical sections covering the basics, worksheet design,formulas and functions, worksheet collaboration, charts andgraphics, data management, data analysis, working on the Web, andtweaking Excel with a programming language called Visual Basic forApplications, or VBA. In the friendly, plain-English ForDummies style, this book makes it easy to find whatyou’re looking for and get instructions for doing what youneed to do. You’ll be able to

  • Find your way around Excel’s menus, toolbars, and dialogboxes, and access online help
  • Format a professional-looking spreadsheet that presents datathe way you choose
  • Edit an existing spreadsheet without disturbing its design orcontents
  • Build Excel formulas and use built-in functions to produce thecalculations you want
  • Share spreadsheet data with other people and programs, andcollect comments
  • Create great-looking charts and find out how to choose theright format to display your data effectively
  • Use Excel to maintain large amounts of data, then filter thedata to extract the information you need
  • Publish spreadsheets and charts on the Web in HTML format
  • Explore ways to customize Excel with VBA

Best of all, it’s easy to find what you need in Excel2003 All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies. Before you know it,you’ll discover you’ve developed a friendship withExcel that will make your life easier, boost your business, andimpress your friends!

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