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Nothing is difficult once you have learned it.That applies to Excel as well, and once you have learned it, you
will be able to do things you never dreamed of!You will be able, to make calculations more complex than
NASA did when they sent the first man to the moon!
It may sound like big words, but in the case of Excel -or spreadsheet programs in general -it is quite
true.Spreadsheets can process large amounts of data and give you the calculation results in no time.And
when the calculations are made, you can have them presented as beautiful tables and graphs.
I know of many who are reluctant to engage with Excel because they find it difficult.Granted, Excel is a
program that requires some basic skills before embarking on it, and if you have no feeling for or interest in
numbers it can appear meaningless.With word-processing programs like Word, you can basically just start
typing right away, but with spreadsheets it is a different story.
In return, you can achieve some pretty amazing results when you master Excel at a reasonable level.I have
made such diverse things as budgets, accounting, production planning, production simulation, energy
accounting and quality statistics in Excel, and as long as it involves numbers, the only limit is your
Excel is a program that you never quite finish learning about.I have used Excel for many years and have
tried most things,and I still find it challenging.
Even if you are familiar with all the basic functions, you will find occasion to continue challenging yourself
and find new things you can squeeze out of the program.And when the program cannot perform the tasks
you require, it also has an entire programming language, enabling you to make your own small programs
I would think Excel is the program in the Office package which over time hashad the greatest impact on the
business sector.Word may be far more sophisticated than even the most advanced typewriter, but Excel
enables you to make calculations in a few hours that previously would have taken several days, weeks or
even years to perform.
Being a "numbers nerd" I find it hard to hide my enthusiasm for Excel.I hope that, after you have finished
reading this book, you will also have discovered how powerful a tool you now have at your disposal.
A Small Reader’s Guide
If you have not worked with Excel before, I would recommend that you read the entire book from one end to
another.You can subsequently use it as a reference. I have tried to arrange the book in a logical manner so
you can quickly find a chapter that deals with a problem similar to the one you are trying to solve.