Sean's Technology and Writing Blog

100 Top Tips: Microsoft Excel is out now!

25 February 2020


Following hot on the heels of an updated edition of Scratch Programming in Easy Steps, my latest book is 100 Top Tips: Microsoft Excel, and it's just been published.

Photo of 100 Top Tips: Microsoft Excel, together with an 'I heart spreadsheets' mug

Excel is used for a wide range of applications today, and while there are Excel superusers who really get under its skin, lots of people haven't had much training on Excel. They might not have had the time to really understand its full capabilities, and some of them probably find Excel a bit hard to work with as a result. With this book, I want to make their lives easier. The book helps them to save time with Excel, both by providing a ready reference for common questions, and also by introducing them to time-saving Excel tips they don't already know. Using this book, they can learn more from their data, more easily, and create more useful spreadsheets. The book assumes basic familiarity with Excel, but doesn't require you to be an expert or to invest significant time. There's no VBA involved: it's all about the features and functions built in to Excel, and how you can take advantage of them.

While the title is "100 Top Tips: Microsoft Excel", the format actually means I've been able to squeeze in even more tips. There's one tip or topic per page (with a handful of double page spreads for more complex topics), but sometimes I've included some "oh, by the way..." tips that are relevant to the topic at hand. You can read the table of contents of 100 Top Tips: Microsoft Excel here.

I'd been interested in writing a book like this for a long time, and when In Easy Steps came up with the pocket-sized format for the new 100 Top Tips series, I thought this would be a perfect fit. I'm not sure many people want to sit down and read a lengthy tome about Excel, but I think this book will be of huge value to a lot of readers. One reason I write books is that they are an opportunity to learn as well as to teach, and this project has prompted me to fine-tune my own Excel skills too. I've already saved a lot of time by starting to routinely use the Ctrl+; shortcut to insert today's date! I'll be sharing a few real quickies like this on social media with cards like this one, below. Please follow me on Twitter to collect the set and retweet your favourites.

Excel Time Saver: Ctrl plus semicolon inserts today's date in a cell

There are several ways to use the book. You can read it cover to cover, and the tips are structured to flow sensibly. The book takes you through data entry, formula entry, data analysis, formula creation, using lookups, date calculations, text manipulation, debugging, and visualising data. There's a section on What-If? analysis and using pivot tables, and advice on using tables for consistent data and easier data entry. Finally, there are tips on printing, security (to avoid unintended changes), and a directory of useful keyboard shortcuts. I've included cross references, so if you don't want to read it cover to cover, you can more easily find the relevant part of the book and navigate it according to your interest. 100 Top Tips: Microsoft Excel also acts as a handy pocket reference, including the kind of information you might need to look up from time to time, such as the syntax of common functions (like SUM), and the symbols used in formulas.

The book is pocket sized, and pocket-money priced, with an RRP of £5.99. I remember someone once said that if you don't make your money back on the Writers & Artists' Yearbook (a directory of publishers and paying markets for writers), you're not using the book. I feel much the same way about this book: just a few tips and techniques that you build into your routine use of Excel could dramatically transform your effectiveness, so I believe the book represents extraordinary value.

You can find out more about the book here, and I've collected some links to places where you can order it in my shop. You can also, of course, order it from your local bookshop or request it in your local library. If you do pick up a copy, please consider posting a review of it on your favourite online store. It really does help books to be discovered, because search engines prioritise books with reviews, and reviews help readers to decide whether the book is for them. Thank you!


Permanent link for this post | Blog Home | Website Home

Comments

Post a comment

Dip into the blog archive

June 2005 | September 2005 | January 2006 | March 2006 | April 2006 | May 2006 | June 2006 | July 2006 | August 2006 | September 2006 | October 2006 | November 2006 | December 2006 | February 2007 | March 2007 | April 2007 | May 2007 | June 2007 | July 2007 | August 2007 | September 2007 | October 2007 | November 2007 | December 2007 | January 2008 | February 2008 | March 2008 | April 2008 | May 2008 | June 2008 | July 2008 | August 2008 | September 2008 | October 2008 | November 2008 | December 2008 | January 2009 | February 2009 | March 2009 | April 2009 | May 2009 | June 2009 | July 2009 | August 2009 | September 2009 | October 2009 | November 2009 | December 2009 | January 2010 | February 2010 | March 2010 | April 2010 | May 2010 | June 2010 | August 2010 | September 2010 | October 2010 | November 2010 | December 2010 | March 2011 | April 2011 | May 2011 | June 2011 | July 2011 | August 2011 | September 2011 | October 2011 | November 2011 | December 2011 | January 2012 | February 2012 | March 2012 | June 2012 | July 2012 | August 2012 | September 2012 | October 2012 | December 2012 | January 2013 | February 2013 | March 2013 | April 2013 | June 2013 | July 2013 | August 2013 | September 2013 | October 2013 | November 2013 | December 2013 | January 2014 | February 2014 | March 2014 | April 2014 | May 2014 | June 2014 | July 2014 | August 2014 | September 2014 | October 2014 | November 2014 | December 2014 | January 2015 | February 2015 | March 2015 | April 2015 | May 2015 | June 2015 | September 2015 | October 2015 | December 2015 | January 2016 | February 2016 | March 2016 | May 2016 | July 2016 | August 2016 | September 2016 | October 2016 | November 2016 | December 2016 | January 2017 | July 2017 | August 2017 | October 2017 | November 2017 | January 2018 | February 2018 | August 2018 | October 2018 | November 2018 | December 2018 | January 2019 | March 2019 | June 2019 | August 2019 | September 2019 | October 2019 | January 2020 | February 2020 | March 2020 | April 2020 | May 2020 | June 2020 | Top of this page | RSS

Credits

© Sean McManus. All rights reserved.

Visit www.sean.co.uk for free chapters from Sean's coding books (including Mission Python, Scratch Programming in Easy Steps and Coder Academy) and more!

Discover my latest books

Mission Python book

Mission Python

Code a space adventure game in this Python programming book published by No Starch Press.

Coder Academy book

Coder Academy

Learn to make games and other programs in Scratch, and make a web page in HTML. Highly interactive book for 7-10 year olds.

Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps book

Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps

Discover how to make 3D games, create mazes, build a drum machine, make a game with cartoon animals and more!

Walking astronaut from Mission Python book Top | Search | Help | Privacy | Access Keys | Contact me
Home | Newsletter | Blog | Copywriting Services | Books | Free book chapters | Articles | Music | Photos | Games | Shop | About