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Chapter 1: Excel in a Nutshell
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Excel in a Nutshell
In This Chapter
A brief history of Excel
What’s new in Excel 2010
The object model concept in Excel
The workings of workbooks
The user interface
The two types of cell formatting
Worksheet formulas and functions
Objects on the worksheet’s invisible drawing layer
Macros, toolbars, and add-ins for Excel customization
Internet features
Analysis tools
Protection options
Microsoft Excel has been referred to as “the best application ever written for Windows.” You may
or may not agree with that statement, but you can’t deny that Excel is one of the oldest Windows
products and has undergone many reincarnations and face-lifts over the years. Cosmetically, the
current version — Excel 2010 — barely even resembles the original version. However, many of
Excel’s key elements have remained intact over the years, with significant enhancements, of
course.
This chapter presents a concise overview of the features available in the more recent versions of
Excel, with specific emphasis on Excel 2010. It sets the stage for the subsequent chapters and
provides an overview for those who may have let their Excel skills get rusty.
 
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