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The expertise, knowledge, and production skills that go into a book like Special Edition Using Excel 97 for Windows requires teams of talented people. A book of this size and detail can be updated only through conscientious and dedicated work from each person. To meet incredibly short deadlines while covering Excel in the depth it deserves, everyone missed weekends and worked long hours—and in some cases, all night. Thank you for your work and skill.

Que, the world's largest publisher of computer books, continues to stay ahead of the competition through the energy and skills of its people. We appreciate their grace and humor while under incredible time and quality pressure.

David Solomon, Elizabeth South, Kathie-Jo Arnoff, Julie McNamee, Joyce Neilsen, and all the editors did a very smooth job on what, to my knowledge, has been the fastest turnaround ever of a large book. The development and editing teams worked the long hours necessary to get this book through development and editing. Their contributions and long hours give the book that distinctive Que style.

Special thanks go to the software consultants, professional writers, and technical editors who helped revise Special Edition Using Excel 97 for Windows. Their expertise and long hours of work revised this book so it would be available when Excel 97 for Windows was released. However, the responsibility for errors that may have slipped through their knowledgeable watch lies solely with me. Should you find an error, please check for corrections or report book errata at the Ron Person & Co. World Wide Web site listed at the end of these acknowledgments.

I truly appreciate the long hours, overlapped schedules, and missed time with families that it took to meet these tough deadlines. My thanks to the following experts:

Bob Voss, Ph. D., deserves special thanks for his work in bringing this book together. He updated chapters on charting and topics ranging from formatting to running Web queries. Bob has made a significant contribution to this edition and to many of Que's best-selling books, including Special Edition Using Word 97 for Windows. Bob is an independent technical writer and Microsoft Office trainer in San Rafael, California. He can be reached via CompuServe at 71630,3337.

Sharon Podlin put her extensive knowledge to work updating chapters on pivot tables and external queries as well as writing about the new Visual Basic for Applications. Sharon is a graduate of the University of Texas and is president of PTSI, a consulting firm specializing in the development and presentation of computer training courses. Sharon has over 15 years of experience in the industry and has primarily worked with Fortune 100 companies including J. C. Penney, Hyatt International Hotels, and United Airlines. She actively participates in the Microsoft Certified Professional program as well as being a Microsoft Certified Trainer for a wide range of products, including MS SQL Server, Excel, Visual Basic for Applications, and Window NT. She can be reached via CompuServe at 76350,1424.

Pamela Palmer did a very precise job of updating database topics and writing about the new drawing tools. Pamela is an independent consultant who has been working with computers for 13 years. She has contributed to Que's Using Visual Basic 3 and is a Microsoft Certified Instructor for Visual Basic. She develops applications using Visual Basic, Visual Basic for Applications, and Word Basic. She also trains users and writes books and training documentation. She can be reached on CompuServe at 74170,1526.

Shelley O'Hara contributed her considerable writing experience by updating chapters on navigating, moving, and selecting in worksheets. Shelley is a freelance writer in Indianapolis. She has written over 50 computer books, including the best-selling Easy series. In addition to writing, Shelley does training for the Division of Continuing Studies of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. She has a B.A. in English from the University of South Carolina and a M.A. in English from the University of Maryland.

Daniel H. Fylstra is president of Frontline Systems, Inc., the software firm that developed the Solver in Excel for Microsoft, the Optimizer in Quattro Pro for Borland, Novell, and Corel, and the new Solver in Lotus 1-2-3 97. He has played a major role in the spreadsheet business and PC industry, first as founding associate editor of BYTE Magazine, and later as founder of VisiCorp, where he introduced and popularized the first spreadsheet program, VisiCalc. Dan has a B.S. in EE and computer science from the M.I.T. and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Carlos Quiroga updated the chapter on how to get around in Excel. Carlos has also contributed extensively to Special Edition Using Word 97 for Windows. Carlos is the owner of Pacific Technical Documentation, a high-technology writing firm in Windsor, California. Pacific Technical Documentation has considerable experience producing customized written documentation, online help, and training systems for high-technology software, products, and services. You can reach Pacific Technical Documentation at 707-838-0918.

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