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Book:   Excel Hacks
Subject:   Excellent book for Excel tips and tricks
Date:   2007-08-03 09:34:28
From:   jdruin
Rating:  StarStarStarStarStar

This book could be titled "The Top 138 Excel Tips" book as well. The title seems to come from being a part of Oreilly's "Hack Series". The book is aranged roughly as 138 separate short chapters, one chapter per tip. Each tip is to the point and well explained. Samples, screenshots, and explanations accompany each tip. The tips are grouped into 8 actualy chapters that cover workbooks, built in features, naming, pivot tables, charts, formulas, macros and cross-application (such as Access integration). There are enough tips covered that different people will appreciate various parts of the book. It is not designed to be read cover to cover but to be indexed when trying to solve a problem in Excel. The titles of each tip are verbose enough that I can find what I am looking for by just scanning the table of contents rather than having to flip through the actual pages. This makes it easy to use and quicker; especially when I am at the computer and I just need to figure out how to do soemthing. I used tip #17 (validate data from a list on another worksheet) immediately to validate data being prep for posting to a database. Other tips were used within a few days so the book has already made itself useful in a short time.