Learning MS Excel

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by umdjb, Jun 19, 2007.

  1. umdjb macrumors regular

    May 27, 2006
    Washington D.C.
    Anyone recommend any good books for learning MS Excel on the Mac? Or for that matter the PC as well?
  2. Airforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    Heck, the new excel on Windows is so dang easy to understand now, you wouldnt need a book. Everything is laid out so well in the new tool bar!
  3. Angrist macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2005
    MI or NJ
    *inhales deaply*

    You forgot your \sarc tag.

    I've used MS Office products on a semi-regular basis for a good long time now (10 years or so), usually related to school stuff. Which as an engineer includes more Excel than I'd prefer.

    I've never bothered with a book, just poked around the application and the internet. But I've heard that there's a good "Office for Dummies" book, and I'd bet that there are about 50 different variants in your local big-chain bookstore.

    What specifically do you want to learn to do with Excel?
  4. Airforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    No need as I wasn't be sarcastic.
  5. kentfrancisco macrumors member


    Jun 6, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I would just find someone who knows Excel really well and pick their brain. I work in Supply Chain/Logistics and have learned everything I know on the job from office gurus. I have the Excel 2003 for Dummies book but have never cracked it.
  6. portent macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2004
    Then perhaps you've never actually used Office 07 for any work?

    It took me ten minutes (and several searches in the help system) to find out that the big Office logo was the new File menu.

    I suppose if you're new to computers, and you've never worked with menus before, then it might not be so bad. I mean, File > Save as and Edit > Copy aren't any more or less natural than (Big Office Logo) > Save as or (Unlabeled icon)

    On the other hand, for those of us who know our way around, it might as well be in Chinese.
  7. Airforce macrumors 6502a


    Jan 12, 2006
    I use it on a daily bases and have been an Office user since 97. Some folks are a bit faster at catching onto things than others? Who knows ;)
  8. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    Depends on how deeply you need to go into. I don't think creating pivot plots in Excel is an intuitive or user friendly. Then again, I cannot make Excel place the grids in both x and y direction or place the values at the grid marks instead of between grid marks. It does not seem like plotting capabilities of Excel has improved much or became any more user friendly than 5 years ago. I still use MATLAB for simple plots because of that. Of course, Excel has almost no competitor, so I understand why MS does not spend much resource on it.

    Books are always good if you don't have any people around you to learn from. Just make sure you take notes about how to do certain things so that you don't end up asking the same question to the same person in a month.
  9. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    Mr. Excel has some great books. You can read reviews of particular books of his on Amazon.

    Also everyday he makes a new excel podcast (a new tip everyday) where you can download in iTunes for free.
  10. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
    Wouldn't it be a drag to learn Excel now with Office:Mac 08 so close with a new interface?
  11. HKL macrumors newbie

    Aug 6, 2007
    Printing labels from Excel??

    Can someone help me with this!!

    How do I print adress labels from excel????
  12. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    You need to do a Mail Merge

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