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Preface

Preface

On the surface Excel appears to be a very straightforward program. But it doesn't take long to figure out that there is really more to it than you initially realized. Although I had used Excel extensively prior to taking on this project, I never realized its full complexity until I had to write about it. Excel is a large, powerful program that provides a lot of features, which are covered extensively in this book.

When I decided to write this book, I wanted to create something different than what was already available on the market. After all, every other publisher has at least a couple of Excel books on the market. So my efforts turned to filling the void of what was missing.

The first thing that was missing was a good reference to the hundreds of functions available in Excel. Yes, some books had provided a description of each function, but I wanted to get in and really describe when and how to use each function. As a result, the third section of this book has been devoted entirely to the functions within Excel, containing good examples, tips, notes, and other details.

The other major effort in writing this book was to provide an in-depth reference for the menu commands available within Excel. Each of the Excel menus is covered, and I try to avoid telling you the obvious, but attempt to get in and tell you what you really need to know.

This book fits the title of the "In a Nutshell" series. It provides a great reference for finding the stuff you need to know without weighing you down with a bunch of unimportant drivel. Hopefully with this book you will not only realize what is sitting under the hood of Excel, but also how to use it when you need it.

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