What You Need to Have

To make the best use of this book, you need a copy of Excel. Although the book was written with Excel 2002 in mind, most of the material also applies to Excel 2000 and Excel 97. If you use an earlier version of Excel, you're reading the wrong book. Most of the material in this book also applies to Excel for Macintosh. However, I did no compatibility testing with the Mac version, so you're on your own.

Any computer system that can run Windows will suffice, but you'll be much better off with a fast Pentium-based machine with plenty of memory. Excel is a large program, and using it on a slower system or a system with minimal memory can be extremely frustrating.

I recommend using a high-resolution video driver (800 x 600 is okay, 1024 x 768 is excellent, and 1600 x 1024 is sheer heaven). A standard VGA resolution will do in a pinch, but it just doesn't let you see enough on-screen.

To make use of the examples on the companion CD, you will also need a CD-ROM drive.

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