Excel

United States
February 12, 2007 11:15pm CST
How did you learn to use Excel? Did you take a class in highschool or college? Or did you just pick up a book and figure it out? We just bought a cdrom to teach us called Mavis Beacon teaches Excel... Anyone tried this? What did you try? What worked for you?
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@Debs_place (10551)
• United States
14 Feb 07
You mean there are books for EXCEL? It is not that hard and there are some pretty good help pages. I must admit, it can get pretty complicated and unless you know what you want to do, you have no idea how much it can do. I have downloaded other people's spreadsheets - the more complicate the better and I have torn them apart command by command to understand what they are doing. I then write up my own little user's guide in my ow words. I have seen some of the things on TV that teach this stuff and I must admit, I don't have the patience, I am a jump in and do it. I am also too cheap to buy a book.
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• United States
14 Feb 07
you have me laughing... I can relate, I'm a bit more jump in as well. But I bought the program, because the book was overwhelming. Anyway I bought it to help my husband learn. he works so much and is so wonderful being a daddy to the kids, and good to me, he has so little time, I thought the program would help... But so far no one here has done this.. They are all like you... :) Jump in people
@kate1356 (697)
• United States
14 Feb 07
When I was in college (I graduated in 1996) I learned Word Perfect and DBase. These were already obselete by the time I graduated and I got my first job in the fall of '96. I learned Excel on my own at my first job. It is pretty user-friendly but I am also pretty good at figuring computer programs out.
• United States
14 Feb 07
thanks Kate. Isn't it amazing how fast what you spend all that $$ on in college becomes obsolete?
@mirage108 (3403)
• United States
14 Feb 07
I asked questions of friends, also I used the help button/link that is provided in the program. it is a great teaching tool. Also just getting into the program and playing with it helps a lot also.
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• United States
14 Feb 07
Thanks, that is interesting, it seems that is a popular method to learn... We are going to try Mavis Beacon's Excel program... It was on sale and I like her stuff. I wish dh had the time to just explore it, like you have suggested, I just don't think he would progress, thanks so much for sharing
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
I learned excel all by myself. I bought a book about Excel and partly learned from it. Most of the time I learned from the Help section of Excel itself. I think that there are people who are inclined to computer technology and they easily learn by intution. Just like me, I am happy that whenever there is new application out in the market I could easily learn it especially if the application has user-friendly interface.
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• United States
13 Feb 07
I am impressed. I agree, some people are more inclined to learn technology than others. We are trying to learn excel here... my husband needs to learn it for his work, so we got the cdrom to help teach him and maximise his efforts, but maybe if I just mess about with it, I could help him... thanks for your responce!