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Excel Can Be Fun
Excel Can Be Fun
“Excel can be fun” may sound like a nerdy thing to say, but once you start to get the
hang of it, Excel can be a rather entertaining application, in addition to simply being a
tool for enhancing your work routine. There’s a kind of interactive, video game quality to
the way Excel does its thing—enter a number in one cell, and watch another cell
change, even if that cell is many rows away. Enter a value and watch the cell in which
you’ve typed it automatically turn a different color (there’s a reason for that, of course—
to be discussed in Chapter 5). Change one of the bowling averages from Figure 1–4 and
the chart will change—again, automatically. And it’s all happening under your direction.
(Unfortunately, the video game analogy doesn’t go much farther than this, though—no
machine guns, aliens, or Formula 1 racetracks here.)
Let’s face it; there are lots of intelligent people out there who can think of an awful lot of
things they’d rather do than concoct a spreadsheet—not out of lack of interest, but
because it’s hard to hold a mouse in your hand when you have cold feet. It’s important
not to let self-intimidation get in the way of acquiring basic (and even more advanced)
spreadsheet skills, and there isn’t much reason why you can’t do so.
It’s also important to note that if you have experience with pre-2007 releases of Excel
only, you’ll have to acquaint yourself with a different interface—that is, a revised
arrangement of the buttons and commands on the screen. So, with the learning, there
may be a bit of unlearning, too. But speaking from experience, it’s all doable.
While of course you’ll need to experiment and practice with it a bit, remember that there
are millions of people worldwide who use Excel, and not one of them was born knowing
how. And all of them have more to learn.
So let’s start learning!