How to Use Microsoft® Excel® The Careers in Practice Series

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Joseph Manzo, Lehigh University

Pub Date: 2012

ISBN 13:

Publisher: Saylor Foundation

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Reviewed by Chuck McGill, Teaching Specialist, University of Minnesota, on 6/11/2015.

This book is extremely detailed and comprehensive. It teaches Fundamental Skills, Mathematical Computations, Logical and Lookup Functions, and … read more



Reviewed by Diane Shingledecker, Full Time Computer Applications Instructor, Portland Community College, on 1/8/2016.

The skills covered in the text are very comprehensive including a lot of screen prints. Unfortunately, we teach tables and working with multiple … read more



Reviewed by Carrie Pedersen, Instructor, Portland Community College, on 1/8/2016.

Learning objectives are provided for each section. Review questions are available. Chapter review assignments and chapter tests are provided for … read more



Reviewed by Joni Meisner, Instructor, Portland Community College, on 8/22/2016.

The textbook provides comprehensive coverage of the fundamental skills of Excel, including mathematical computations, logical and lookup computations … read more



Reviewed by Ihab AbuZayda, Assistant Professor, Reynolds Community College, on 2/9/2017.

This textbook is very well-written. It is comprehensive and covers a wide spectrum of important spreadsheet software topics. Nonetheless, there are … read more



Reviewed by Paul Ewell, Department Chair , Virginia Wesleyan College, on 2/9/2017.

This is an extremely comprehensive book that provides a significant level of detail guiding the user from the very introductory stages of how to use … read more


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Fundamental Skills
  • Chapter 2: Mathematical Computations
  • Chapter 3: Logical and Lookup Functions
  • Chapter 4: Presenting Data with Charts

About the Book

This core Microsoft® Excel® text provides students with the skills needed to execute many personal and professional activities. It also prepares them to go on to more advanced skills using the Excel software. The text takes the approach of making decisions using Excel. Personal decisions introduced include important purchases, such as homes and automobiles, savings for retirement, and personal budgets. Professional decisions include budgets for managing expenses, merchandise items to mark down or discontinue, and inventory management. Students are given clear, easy-to-follow instructions for each skill presented and are also provided with opportunities to learn additional skills related to the personal or professional objectives presented. For example, students learn the key terms with respect to home mortgages and understand the impact interest rates have on monthly mortgage payments. This text also places an emphasis on “what-if” scenarios so students gain an appreciation for the computational power of the Excel application. In addition, students learn how Excel is used with Microsoft® Word® and Microsoft® PowerPoint® to accomplish a variety of personal and professional objectives.

About the Contributors


Joseph M. Manzo is a professor of practice in the Accounting department and is the director of the Rauch Center for Business Communications in the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University. He has authored several textbooks addressing practical applications for Microsoft® Office. These textbooks teach students how to use Microsoft Office applications for professional and personal needs. Manzo also developed the Excel Competency program and the Presentation Design program for the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University.