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Formulas and Functions with Microsoft Office Excel 2007

Formulas and Functions with Microsoft Office Excel 2007 by Paul McFedries
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“If you’ve never quite grasped formulas and functions, Paul McFedries will radically expand your understanding and use of Excel. And if you’re already an expert and you’re moving up to Excel 2007, this book will quickly show you features you’ve only dreamed of until now...”

—Thomas ‘Duffbert’ Duff, Duffbert’s Random Musings,


Develop your Microsoft Excel expertise instantly with proven techniques

  • Master Excel Ranges
  • Create Powerful Arrays
  • Troubleshoot Formula Problems
  • Validate Worksheet Data
  • Perform What-If Analysis
  • Model Your Business
  • Track Trends and Make
  • Forecasts
  • Analyze Data
  • Find Optimal Solutions
  • Build Dynamic Loan
  • Schedules 

Most Microsoft® Excel users learn only a small percentage of the program’s features. They know they could get more out of Excel if they could just get a leg up on building formulas and using functions. Unfortunately, this side of Excel appears complex and intimidating to the uninitiated—shrouded in the mysteries of mathematics, finance, and impenetrable spreadsheet jargon.

Sound familiar? If you’re a businessperson who needs to use Excel as an everyday part of your job, then you’ve come to the right book.  Formulas and Functions with Microsoft® Office Excel 2007 demystifies worksheet formulas and presents the most useful Excel functions in an accessible,  jargon-free way.  This book not only takes you through Excel’s intermediate and advanced formula-building features, it also tells you why these features are useful to you and shows you how to use them in everyday situations. Throughout the book you’ll find no-nonsense, step-by-step tutorials and lots of practical examples aimed directly at business users.


     •    Focuses like a laser on the four technologies that you must master to get the most out of Excel: ranges, formulas, functions, and data analysis tools.

     •    Shuns spreadsheet theory in favor of practical know-how that you can put to use right away.

     •    Provides numerous real-world examples and techniques to help you learn and understand the importance of each section.



1    Getting the Most Out of Ranges

2    Using Range Names

3    Building Basic Formulas

4    Creating Advanced Formulas

5    Troubleshooting Formulas
II    Harnessing the Power of Functions   

6    Understanding Functions

7    Working with Text Functions

8    Working with Logical and Information Functions

9    Working with Lookup Functions

10  Working with Date and Time Functions
11  Working with Math Functions

12  Working with Statistical Functions

III    Building Business Models   

13  Analyzing Data with Tables

14  Analyzing Data with PivotTables

15  Using Excel’s Business-Modeling Tools

16  Using Regression to Track Trends and Make Forecasts

17  Solving Complex Problems with Solver

IV    Building Financial Formulas   

18   Building Loan Formulas

19   Building Investment Formulas

20   Building Discount Formulas

Paul McFedries is well-known as a teacher of Windows and Office, particularly Excel, and is the president of Logophilia Limited, a technical writing company. Paul has been working with spreadsheets for more than 20 years and has been developing Excel solutions since the late 1980s. Now primarily a writer, Paul has written more than 50 books that have sold more than three million copies worldwide. These books include Microsoft Office Access 2007 Forms, Reports, and Queries; Tricks of the Microsoft Office 2007 Gurus (all from Que); and Microsoft Windows Vista Unleashed (Sams).


Category  Office Productivity Suite

Covers    Microsoft Office Excel 2007

User Level         Intermediate - Advanced


Pearson Education; March 2007
542 pages; ISBN 9780768674590
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Title: Formulas and Functions with Microsoft Office Excel 2007
Author: Paul McFedries
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