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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Excel Formulas and Functions: The Complete Excel Guide For Beginners by Harjit Suman is a self-help book for those who are familiar with Microsoft Excel but less familiar with the full scope of its capabilities. Spread out over six distinct sections and nine complete chapters, Harjit covers a whole host of operations from simple formulas, explanations, and cell references, to summing, counting, logical, lookup, and text functions, and tips to tighten up loose strings and ensure the longevity of the program's use. This is achieved in a streamlined initiative comprised of both step-by-step instruction with illustrations and general information on the why and why nots. Ultimately, Harjit is able to define and simplify a complex system with close to five hundred functions, allowing a reader to unlock what might otherwise feel impossible without expert guidance.
It took me about half a minute to get on board with Excel Formulas and Functions, and there was no way I was about to proceed without opening up the program itself and testing Harjit Suman's work. While I am not exactly a technophobe, I've had little use for spreadsheets. My husband, on the other hand, is an accountant and stood by ready to pounce as I worked in Harjit's formulas. I personally found the text functions and manipulation of strings to be the most interesting, and Harjit's screenshots and brief explanations were perfectly easy to work through. In addition to the more straightforward guidance, the book also has links to further enhance one's education and experience via Harjit's own website, which has a combination of free and paid resources. Overall, this is an excellent introduction to Excel that will likely find many appreciative readers with larger goals in mind.