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Suppose you walked into work this morning and found Excel 2000 sitting on your desk. On the box was a note from your supervisor that said: "We need a budget report for Friday's meeting. Here are the numbers. See what you can do."

So, What Can You Do?

Well, you could start by wading through Excel's Help system to find out how to perform a specific task—but that might take a while, and you're running out of time. Anyway, the Help system might tell you more than you really want to know (or nothing at all).

Because you're short on time (and patience), what you really need is a practical guide to Excel, one that tells you exactly how to create and print the worksheets, reports, and graphs you need for Friday's meeting.

Welcome to Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Excel 2000 in 10 Minutes

Because most people (including you) don't have the luxury of sitting down uninterrupted for hours at a time to learn Excel, this book doesn't present material in huge chapters you don't have time to read. Instead, it focuses on the most often-used features, covering them in self-contained lessons designed to take 10 minutes or less to complete.

In addition, this book teaches you how to use Excel without relying on technical jargon. By providing straightforward, easy-to-follow explanations, and numbered steps that tell you which keys to press and which options to select, Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Excel 2000 in 10 Minutes makes learning the program quick and easy.

So Why Should You Use Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Excel 2000 in 10 Minutes?

Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Excel 2000 in 10 Minutes is for people like you who:

  • Need to learn Excel quickly

  • Feel overwhelmed or intimidated by the complexity of Excel

  • Want to learn the tasks necessary to accomplish particular goals

  • Want a clear, concise guide to the most important features of Excel 2000

How to Use This Book

Sams Teach Yourself Microsoft Excel 2000 in 10 Minutes consists of a series of lessons that cover the basic, intermediate, and some advanced features of Excel. If this is your first encounter with Excel 2000, you should probably work through Lessons 1 through 14 in order. Those lessons lead you through the process of creating, editing, and saving a worksheet. Subsequent lessons tell you how to use the more advanced features to customize your worksheet, including how to use your worksheet as a database; how to add, create, and print graphs (charts); and how to publish your work on the Internet.

Icons and Conventions Used in This Book

The following boxed sidebars have been scattered throughout the book to help you find your way around:


These icons mark shortcuts and hints for using Excel efficiently.

Plain English

These icons draw your attention to definitions of new terms.

Panic Button

These tips denote places where new users often run into trouble.

Upgrade Tip

These boxes help you identify features that are new to Excel 2000 so you can quickly learn to take advantage of the advanced timesaving features of the latest version of Excel. In addition, you'll see some special tips along the way that identify how you can use Excel on the Internet.

The following conventions have been used to clarify the steps you must perform:

  • Menu items or other commands you select onscreen appear in colored type.

  • Data you need to type appears in bold, colored type.

  • Command, Field, and Key names appear with the first letter capitalized.

  • Onscreen messages appear in bold.


Many thanks to the people at Macmillan who have helped me with this project. First, thanks to Jamie Milazzo, Acquisitions Editor, for asking me to write this book. Thanks also to Stephanie McComb, who took over the project and handled it magnificently. Thanks to Nick Goetz, Development Editor, for his help on developing this book. Thanks to Linda Seifert, Project Editor, for keeping the manuscript in great shape. And thanks to all the other people at Macmillan who helped turn this book around on such an aggressive schedule.


All terms mentioned in this book that are known to be trademarks or service marks have been appropriately capitalized. Sams cannot attest to the accuracy of this information. Use of a term in this book should not be regarded as affecting the validity of any trademark or service mark. Windows 95, Windows 98, Excel, and Toolbar are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

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