What You Need to Know

This is not a book for beginning Excel users. If you have no experience with Excel, I recommend that you read either of the following books:

Excel 2002 for Windows For Dummies, by Greg Harvey, is written for users who want to know just enough to get by, and want to be entertained in the process.

♦ Excel 2002 Bible (by yours truly) provides comprehensive coverage of all the features of Excel. It is meant for users of all levels.

To get the most out of this book, you should be a relatively experienced Excel user. I didn't spend much time writing basic how-to information. In fact, I assume that you know the following:

♦ How to create workbooks, insert sheets, save files, and so on

♦ How to navigate through a workbook

♦ How to use the menus and shortcut menus

♦ How to manage Excel's toolbars

♦ How to enter formulas

♦ How to use Excel's worksheet functions

♦ How to name cells and ranges

♦ How to use basic Windows features, such as file management techniques and the clipboard

If you don't know how to perform the preceding tasks, you may find some of this material over your head, so consider yourself warned. If you're an experienced spreadsheet user who hasn't used Excel 2002, Chapter 2 presents a short overview of what this product offers.

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