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    Beginning Excel 2019

    (25 reviews)

    Noreen Brown

    Barbara Lave

    Julie Romey

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    Last Update: 2019

    Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

    Language: English

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    Reviewed by Ashley Hogan, Adjunct Instructor, Linn-Benton Community College on 3/22/24

    This is a great basic Excel text. It also covers the mac users (something I have not found with other texts). read more

    Reviewed by Xinyu Zhang, Teaching Assistant Professor, West Virginia University on 5/5/23

    This book is comprehensive for Excel beginners from non-STEM major. It also includes instructions for Mac user, which is very useful for students using Mac. The examples and practice problems are largely related to financial and career decision... read more

    Reviewed by Angel Escalona, Adjunct Professor, Middlesex Community College on 11/21/22

    The book is clear and really easy to understand. read more

    Reviewed by Nkechi Obodozie, Instructor, Eastern New Mexico University on 12/10/21

    The book is for Beginners on Excel however will have appreciated if some of the BI tools used commonly at workplaces was covered in the book such as PivotTable. In addition there is no index nor glossary , or teacher's guide though it can be... read more

    Reviewed by Geethalakshmi Shivanapura Lakshmikanth, Assistant Professor, Emporia State University on 10/18/21

    The textbook is comprehensive enough for learners who are learning Excel for the first time, just as the textbook is intended to be. The pictures along the way are a big plus for self- learners and students. The students however need to be... read more

    Reviewed by Maggie Schlerman, Associate Professor of Accounting, Central College on 6/4/21

    The concepts covered range from beginner to intermediate and are appropriate for undergraduate coursework. However, the online version does not have an index or glossary, both of which would be helpful for a learner who may be unfamiliar with the... read more

    Reviewed by Kris Ball, Associate Professor, Kansas City Kansas Community College on 4/14/21

    The text is a good, comprehensive review of beginning Excel features, including fundamentals, math, formulas, functions, logical and lookup functions, charts, tables, and working with multiple worksheets. The book contains instructions for Windows... read more

    Reviewed by Mary Lebens, Assistant Professor, Metropolitan State University on 3/9/21, updated 6/1/21

    This book is a fairly comprehensive overview of Excel for beginning students. I would like to see an expansion of the functions and formulas to include a few more commonly used functions and formulas. It would also be helpful to include a chapter... read more

    Reviewed by Robin Gilcrist, Associate Professor, University of Alaska, Southeast on 11/18/20, updated 12/16/20

    The text covers to each topic thoroughly and with tips for PC and Mac users. The glossary is helpful for getting to specific content quickly. Each chapter builds on the prior chapter, providing an excellent sequence for learning the program. This... read more

    Reviewed by Micheline Al Harrack, Visiting Faculty, Marymount University on 7/31/20

    This textbook covers basic Excel topics relevant for an introductory spreadsheet course. It is well produced. It is designed for students freshly exposed to excel/spreadsheets or needing a review. It can also be incorporated as a reference book in... read more

    Reviewed by Eunju Lee, Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell on 6/27/20

    This book is comprehensive and well-organized with detailed explanations and screenshots. Learning Objectives at the beginning of each section helps readers understand the key topics of the section, and useful tips are additionally provided in... read more

    Reviewed by Jerome Socolof, Associate Professor, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts on 5/27/20

    This book covers the ins and outs that all but the most advanced users of Excel will need. For a fairly succinct text, it establishes a sound foundational knowledge of the program, including formulas, formatting, conditional formatting, and... read more

    Reviewed by Nikki (Felecia) May, Assistant Professor, LSUE on 4/29/20

    This book is detailed, comprehensive, and teaches concepts in a step-by step manner. All menus and functions are covered in detail. read more

    Reviewed by Jason Lucas, Associate Director, Radford University on 1/31/20

    This book is very comprehensive for all MS Excel basics. It covers basic formatting, formulas, conditional formatting, PivotTables, and even shortcuts. I have used MS Excel and taught MS Excel for over 20 years. This book covers all basics I... read more

    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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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    About the Book

    This textbook was written for a community college introductory course in spreadsheets utilizing Microsoft Excel. While the figures shown utilize Excel 2019, 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. This textbook includes instructions for Excel for Mac also.

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    Barbara Lave

    Julie Romey

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