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Beginning Excel®

(11 reviews)

Multiple Authors

Pub Date: 2017

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

Language: English

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Reviewed by Mindy Bean, Faculty, Linn-Benton Community College on 6/19/18

This book covers the basics of Microsoft Excel 2016. It includes all the basic skills necessary to create most documents in excel. It uses the terminology well so it can be translated precisely. The practical uses of logical and lookup functions,... read more


Reviewed by Walter Lambert, Adjunct, Metropolitan State University on 2/1/18

This reviewer’s interest in this text is as a detailed self-paced supplement for students studying business and finance. All of the Excel topics related to those studies are included in a sequence and format that would allow students to review... read more


Reviewed by Fay Gallacher, Senior Advisor, The Open Univeristy on 2/1/18

The book is covering all of the essential areas which a person will need when starting to use Excel. read more


Reviewed by Beth Bjerregaard, Professor, UNC-Charlotte on 2/1/18

The book is fairly comprehensive for a beginning book. I would not expect it to cover much more. The table of contents clearly describes the topics covered in each chapter. read more


Reviewed by Veronica Gibson, Assistant Professor, Virginia State University on 6/20/17

Very good outline/table of content layout and coverage of basic skills needed. read more


Reviewed by Ihab AbuZayda, Assistant Professor, Reynolds Community College on 2/8/17

This textbook is very well-written. It is comprehensive and covers a wide spectrum of important spreadsheet software topics. Nonetheless, there are topics I cover in my class, which are not covered in this textbook (e.g., Excel tables,... read more


Reviewed by Paul Ewell, Department Chair , Virginia Wesleyan College on 2/8/17

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 the software program through more advanced applications. I was particularly appreciative of the... read more


Reviewed by Joni Meisner, Instructor, Portland Community College on 8/21/16

The textbook provides comprehensive coverage of the fundamental skills of Excel, including mathematical computations, logical and lookup computations and presenting data with charts. The scope and sequence of the material is sufficiently detailed... read more


Reviewed by Diane Shingledecker, Full Time Computer Applications Instructor, Portland Community College on 1/7/16

The skills covered in the text are very comprehensive including a lot of screen prints. Unfortunately, we teach tables and working with multiple sheets/files in our Beginning Excel class, and these topics are not included. read more


Reviewed by Carrie Pedersen, Instructor, Portland Community College on 1/7/16

Learning objectives are provided for each section. Review questions are available. Chapter review assignments and chapter tests are provided for evaluation. Comprehensive coverage of the material is provided, but a glossary/index are not.... read more


Reviewed by Chuck McGill, Teaching Specialist, University of Minnesota on 6/10/15

This book is extremely detailed and comprehensive. It teaches Fundamental Skills, Mathematical Computations, Logical and Lookup Functions, and Presenting Data with Charts in a step-by step fashion and to a detailed level. This level of skill... read more


Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 - Fundamental Skills
  • Chapter 2 - Mathematical Computations
  • Chapter 3 - Formulas, Functions, Logical and Lookup Functions
  • Chapter 4 - Presenting Data with Charts
  • Chapter 5 - Tables
  • Chapter 6 - Multiple Sheet Files

About the Book

This textbook was written for a community college introductory course in spreadsheets utilizing Microsoft Excel. While the figures shown utilize Excel 2016, the textbook was written to be applicable to other versions of Excel as well. The book introduces new users to the basics of spreadsheets and is appropriate for students in any major who have not used Excel before.

About the Contributors


Noreen Brown, Barbara Lave, Julie Romey, Mary Schatze and Diana Shingledecker