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Part III: Playing the Numbers with Excel
In this part . . .
If you need to manipulate numbers for business,
scientific, or financial reasons, you can use the most
popular spreadsheet program in the world – Microsoft Excel.
Anyone who has used another version of Excel in the past
will find that Excel 2010 simply provides easier access to
the complicated features buried within Excel’s silicon
brain.
For anyone not familiar with Excel or spreadsheet
programs at all, this part of the book starts with the basics by
explaining what a spreadsheet does, how they work, and
the parts you’ll need to create your own spreadsheet
within Excel.
After you get comfortable with Excel, additional chapters
show you how to create formulas to make Excel do all its
fancy (and accurate) calculations and convert your rows
and columns of numbers into easy to understand pie, line,
and bar charts.
Think of Excel as your personal calculating machine. Just
feed it numbers, define formulas, and Excel cranks
through your numbers to spit out different results so you
can forecast trends, analyze past results, or play “What
if?” games with your numbers such as asking, “What if I
gave myself a 25 percent raise and laid off 3,000
employees? How would that affect my stock options by
increasing profits in the short-term?”
Calculating numbers can be fun, especially when those
numbers represent profits and losses. With the help of
Excel, you can maximize your profits and minimize your
losses, or at least have fun fantasizing about different
results by playing around with Excel.
 
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