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Improve Your Productivity By Using Conditional Formatting in Microsoft Excel by John Smith explains what conditional formatting is, and how that can multiply the information content of a spreadsheet. Use of different colors, selective highlighting, and appropriate positioning of cells are some of the topics discussed in this book. As anyone working on computers will appreciate, John begins this book with an important topic – how to reverse the formatting. Use of these techniques in finding duplicate information, as well as custom formatting rules, is also discussed. The author has indicated the availability of a formal training course with online discussions.
Improve Your Productivity By Using Conditional Formatting in Microsoft Excel is a book with tremendous potential in actual use. The capabilities of Excel of selective highlighting are of great use when it comes to effective information display. Also discussed is the utility of selective highlighting in locating errors and discrepancies in a table. Though I have seen the use of spreadsheets quite extensively, instances of such advanced techniques of data presentation have been observed to be minimal.
This book explains such aspects quite well, in a manner that is simple and easy to follow. The necessary procedural details and commands are shown in a clear and unambiguous manner to make the whole activity completely error free. Screenshots are also shown to make it very user friendly. In short it is a very useful book; it taught me a few tricks I was not aware of.