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December 20 , 2010

Excel Basics In 30 Minutes (2nd Edition)

The beginner’s guide to Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets


(NOTE: This is the revised and expanded edition of the popular In 30 Minutes® guide to Microsoft Excel, updated for the latest versions of Excel as well as Google Sheets) Do you want to learn how to use Microsoft Excel, for a career boost or for school, or to better handle numbers, lists, and other data? The revised and expanded edition of this popular Excel user guide will quickly get your Excel skills up to speed with basic spreadsheet concepts, tips, and tricks! Excel Basics In 30 Minutes, 2nd Edition is written in plain English, with lots of step-by-step instructions and screenshots that demonstrate exactly what to do. 

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This Excel book can be used with recent versions of Excel, including Excel 2013, Excel for Office 365, and Excel Online, as well as older Excel versions. For users who don't own Excel, the guide explains how to use a free online spreadsheets program called Google Sheets (part of the Google Drive online office suite).

Topics include:

  • Screen layout, cells, and terminology
  • Formatting cells and text
  • AutoFill
  • Excel formulas and functions
  • How to make charts
  • Sorting and filtering
  • Printing
  • Importing and exporting PDFs, .CSV files, and other formats

This is not an Excel bible or an Excel book for dummies, but rather a quick guide that answers the core questions that most new Excel users will have:

  • What is a spreadsheet?
  • What are cells?
  • What is the button with the Greek letter for?
  • How can spreadsheets create basic financial projections?
  • How can certain data in a worksheet be highlighted?
  • How can data be alphabetized or ranked?
  • How to edit a chart in Excel
  • How to print an Excel spreadsheet without cutting off columns

Excel Basics In 30 Minutes, 2nd Edition is authored by Ian Lamont, an award-winning technology writer and author of Google Drive & Docs In 30 Minutes, Twitter In 30 Minutes, and Dropbox In 30 Minutes.

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