Microsoft Office Excel 2007: The L Line, The Express Line to Learning by Kathy Jacobs


Microsoft Office Excel 2007: The L Line, The Express Line to Learning

  • Author: Kathy Jacobs
  • Softcover: 470 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley(May 7 2007 12:00AM)
  • Book dimensions: 8.9 x 7.3 x 1.3 inches
  • ISBN: 047010788X
  • ITBookworm score: 4.5 /5

Score Reasoning

I have no real complaints about this book. I only gave it a 4 because I would liked to have seen a little bit more detail in some areas, but there’s really nothing wrong with it. It’s a good solid book.

Synopsis

Boy, somebody really likes trains. I’m not sure I get the whole theme here with the trains, and the train station, but they’re at least consistent. The entire book is filled with references to platforms, information kiosks, etc. That aside though, the book has plenty to offer. Each chapter has plenty of screenshots, walkthroughs, and real world advice on using the features of Excel. At the end of the chapter are exercises and questions to help you solidify what you learned. In truth, I started thumbing through this book, and I just couldn’t put it down. The first couple chapters do a really good job of walking you through the basics of Excel and its new interface. The screenshots are clear, and you can easily tell what the author is trying to show you. One thing that sets this book apart from other Excel materials is that it has a series of sample workbooks it uses to illustrate examples and give you practice with some of the finer points of the program. It’s one thing to tell me about a feature, and it’s another thing entirely to have thought it out enough to give me a sample and let me work through it myself. Of course, this also gives the author the ability to give more specific walkthroughs to further drive his point home. Another thing I really like about this book is that it gives you keyboard shortcuts and other helpful tips along the way. It also gives you the most complete breakdown of different chart types I’ve ever seen in one place. There are many chart types that are difficult to read or even figure out what they’re for. Here, you’ll find some good guidance on what some of these chart types can be used for and how to read them. It also gives you plenty of practice and advice on working with data and data formatting. There are a couple formatting features I wasn’t aware of, so I was pleased to see them covered here so well. Pretty much, all the basics are covered. Everything from the extreme basics, to formulas, to data, to charts, to file types, etc. I really don’t think you’ll become a guru from this book. It just doesn’t go into that kind of depth, but you’ll easily learn Excel very well if you apply what’s in here. It will take you from nothing to being a very strong user. From there, you can get a more advanced book and be ready to understand enough of what you’re doing to make it work for you.

Who is this book really for?

This book is for practically anyone who wants to learn Excel 2007. It starts from a very elementary point though, so if you’re already pretty good with the product you’ll probably get bored. However, if you don’t mind that, and you want a really good walkthrough of all the features in a really practical way, this book is for you.

Writing Style

Trains, trains, trains. What can I say about the writing style except ALL ABOARD!! It’s a well-written book with plenty of examples. The author is concise without being boring. She gives plenty of examples too. She really doesn’t attempt to make too much conversation or amuse you with funny Excel stories though. There’s just plenty of good advice.

Condition

It’s very well put together. My son is 2 1/2yrs and I let him play with it a few times just to see if he could get the binding off. It’s solid. You shouldn’t have any trouble getting this one to stay together on you.

-Sean McCown, ITBookworm.com

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