Book Review - F1 Get The Most Out Of Excel by Joseph Rubin
I received a really cool book today titled F1 Get The Most Out Of Excel by Joseph Rubin, CPA (Limelight Media). A unique format that has a lot of practical use...
Chapter list: What's New in Excel 2002 & 2003; Working Inside; Excel Environment; Text, Date, Times; Summing & Counting; Formulas; Printing & Mailing; Lists, Analyzing Data; Index
I like books that are practical, but I don't think I've ever seen one that is set up to be *this* practical. There are 322 tips spread out over the chapters listed above. Each tip occupies a left/right page arrangement. On the right page is the title of the tip, the explanation of how to accomplish the task, and a screen print that illustrates the point. On the left, you have an area for "Notes" and "My Tips/Shortcuts". So not only do you have the author's information, but you can build up your own collection of notes on Excel tricks. At the very bottom of the left page, there's a reference to any related tips or shortcuts. I'm very impressed with the layout of this book. It's excellent. Also, each tip notes the versions of Excel that the tip relates to. The vast majority of the information encompasses Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.
With all the tips and information, the book runs over 800 pages. It's printed in a smaller format, so it's pretty easy to carry around. About the only thing I can fault the publisher for (*not* the author) is the thickness of the paper used in the book. The paper is pretty thin in order to keep the book from getting too bulky. The problem is that ink will easily bleed through if you aren't careful with your own notes (or even if you *are* careful). I think you better plan on using a pencil for any notes.
Excellent material in a unique, practical format... A definite winner for Excel users.