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Have you ever wanted to learn how to use Microsoft Excel, for a career boost or to better handle figures, lists, and other types of data? In just 30 minutes, this book will get you up to speed with basic spreadsheet concepts, as even some special Excel tricks!

"Excel Basics In 30 Minutes" is written in plain English, with lots of step-by-step instructions and screenshots t
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Paperback, 107 pages
Published January 2013 by i30 Media (first published October 2012)
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Kelli Wilson
DEMYSTIFYING EXCEL!

Excel has an image problem. Are you someone who assumes Excel is only meant to be used by accountants, analysts, mathematicians or any other related “geeky” stereotype you can think of? Do not worry, you are in the majority. The author of this guide wants to dispel that myth. The point of this quick introduction into Excel is to not only get you up to speed on the basic concepts, but also show you examples of all the modern day uses for which anyone can use Excel. Including fo
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Yodamom
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
I finally got it ! I have wanted to understand excel for years. This book was simple to use, easy to understand and so clearly written with screenshots for a visual. I couldn’t imagine and easier way to learn this. I have bought other books on excel over the years and found them difficult and abandoned them. I read this following the steps and didn’t finish it in 30 min but under two hours without any stressful confusion and ended with a new skill I understand. I would suggest this to anyone who ...more
Carrie
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I've been telling myself forever to learn Excel once and for all, so when I saw this book on NetGalley, I thought I'd give it a read. Glad I did because it forced me to finally tackle the program. Lamont keeps it pretty basic which was good. Anything more and I would have been overwhelmed. He also discusses how to do things on Google Sheets and mobile apps, which is a nice plus for readers choosing those routes.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy.
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Jennifer
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I found this book (which I won in a GoodReads giveaway) to be very informative and easy to follow. It took me about an hour to get through it since I was making sample spreadsheets as I read. I have used Excel before but only in a limited fashion - this book taught me how to use formulas, make charts, and sort. I really liked the screenshots in the book because I could check to see if my sample spreadsheet matched the one in the book. I would definitely recommend this guide to a friend!
Zandt McCue
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book out of curiousity as to what Ian would be presenting. I am not a beginner to Excel or Google Sheets, so I was looking at this from the perspective of someone who knew what he was doing. Is this a good book for beginners? I'd say it is. It's instructive, step by step, and teaches you everything you need to know if you were just starting out. My only qualm would be that this information is freely available on the internet. Particularly people who would use Google Sheets might be m ...more
June
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: computing, howto, ng
Tech manuals are confoundingly difficult to write, so I am always impressed when an author manages to produce a guide that is accurate, user-friendly, and not deadly dull to read. This book ticks the boxes for the reader who is perhaps self-taught or knows a little bit, but has much more to learn.

Thanks to the publishers and NetGalley for a digital ARC for the purpose of an unbiased review.
Jonathan
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a First Reads contest.

It will take readers more than 30 minutes to complete this book, even if they are experienced in Excel or in Google Spreadsheets. It takes more than 30 minutes just to read the book, without following the tutorial.

This book teaches readers the basics on the use of spreadsheet programs. Unlike many other tutorial books, this book is applicable to more than one version of Excel, and is also applicable to Google Spreadsheets. The author uses a single example
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Paula
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a goodreads gift and it is very much appreciated. I have used excel a lot in my job but mostly just basic stuff, nothing too flashy. I have been a SAHM for about three years so I thought this was a great refresher book for someone who hasn't used it in some time or a great intro to a new user. The screenshots were good and I loved that he also explained a lot of google docs examples as well. I thought this was well done and I would recommend it to others. Great job! ...more
Lauren White
Jan 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Nice guide to learning how to use Excel for most basic functions. As someone who only uses Excel occasionally, I found the tutorials to be easy to follow. Additionally the visual aids (images of what your screen should look like) were beneficial. It is an easy book to reference if you are having an issue with a particular Excel task.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.
Mark Hiser
This is a fast-and-dirty introduction to the basics of Excel and Google spreadsheets. Actually, it is a good first introduction. The reader will not be an expert, but the book will begin to demystify spreadsheets.
Robin
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1st-reads
I have been out of the office environment for several years and now starting to use Excel again. This has been a great refresher course. Thanks so much for the free books. I have read through and now it sits next to my computer as a reference manual. Thanks again.
Danny
Apr 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Fast and easy this book is everything it claims to be. The material presented is very basic but it is also incredibly accessible with step by step screenshots and a friendly tone more like a friend or co-worker explaining how to use Excel than a technical manual.
roxi Net
Feb 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roxiown, roxidiy
Recently choosing a job that involves building budgets (from writing to budgets. Why?!), I decided to 'refresh' my skills in Excel -- or develop more -- and having a basic book was very helpful. I'm still a fan of researching specific questions in seconds rather than read through a book on Excel (because of my retention capabilities), however I did find Excel Basics very helpful and I"m very glad to have this resource in my e-library. ...more
Muhammad Ali
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book you can gift /recommend to someone getting started on Microsoft Excel and needs a crash course. The writing style is conversational, which makes it easy to follow, comprehened and retain. Though the book is a short and quick read, it still gives you multiple ways of doing the Excel basics whilst mentioning when to use which method. And off course you will end up liking the ninja tips and will see it as a must read as these are your potential excel time savers.
Jodee
May 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am an accounting student and have to take several excel classes and the teacher think that we know everything. The information contained here helped fill in the blanks for what the teachers thought I knew but didn't. This information helped me to learn how to do some of the things that I needed to know in order to pass my class without me having to spend lots of money on and excel book or a tutor. ...more
Kathy Carberry
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent quick reference for anyone who wants to learn Excel quickly and easily. Well written and easy to follow. The best part is that you can refer to it over and over as needed. If you get stuck the answers are easy to find and simple to follow. A great guide for the Excel newbie.
Cherry
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A helpful and easy-to-read starter guide or refresher for Excel and Google Sheets. Very handy to get going quickly with clear instructions and step-by-step screenshots.
Annarella
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An helpful and great resource if you use Excel.
It made me learn something new about this tool.
Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Sarah
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
"Excel Basics in 30 Minutes" really only gives the most basic of instructions which even the most casual user should already know. ...more
Thomas
May 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, skills
I received a copy through the Goodreads "First-Reads" giveaway, so my thanks to Goodreads and the Author.

It's like a "Cliffnotes" book for Excel 101.

It actually did take me 30 minutes to get through this - I may have had an edge because I use Excel at work so a complete newbie may need more time. But still, after 30 minutes you'll know a good amount. To be efficient like that is a big plus to the author.

My Excel use at work is in a very general capacity and usually have to troubleshoot through
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April
I received Excel Basics free through Goodreads First Reads.
Chapter 1:The Basics; Took more than 30 min but was pretty easy and I answered all the quiz questions no problem.
Chapter 2:Percentages, Pasting, and Rows; Took over an hour. While I was able to replicate everything in the exercise I learned nothing! I hate math and the formulas were not explained well enough for me to understand how to ever apply them in real life. As for the quiz.... not flipping clue how to answer the questions.
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Judy
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book to keep by your desk. I am always forgetting how to work Excel when I need something.
This book is for the person that doesn't use Excel all the time…and can't remember that next step. I'm going to keep my copy on the shelf next to my desk. Don't want to be without this book.
I won this book from GreatReads.
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