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This is exactly what I wrote on Amazon.com as a
review for this book.
Bob Umlas is a regular and valued contributor to
numerous Excel user groups and mailing lists. Whilst I have never met him
personally he has always been generous with his time and knowledge, and infinite
with his patience. He is also one of the smartest guys you will meet and
understands Excel and spreadsheets inside out.
This is only a little book (142 pages), but that certainly is not a criticism.
Rather than filling many pages with fluff, Bob has produced a compact, but
brilliantly useful book of shortcuts, formula secrets and tricks.
Amazingly there is no Visual Basic (macro) coding in this book. It is all done
using Excel's built in features and formulae capabilities.
One thing I loved about this book is it tackles `real world' problems. Bob
clearly understands the frustrating types of issues that the average excel user
has to tackle on a day to day basis. The sort of annoying and time consuming
problems the IT training department gloss over at the corporate Excel training
Some of the tips are simple one liners - but that doesn't make them any less
useful. Indeed I was constantly surprised at how often I was going "oh that is
sooo cool" or "Hey, I didn't know you could do that!" and I have been designing
and developing custom built spreadsheets for large corporations for over 15
Is this book for you? Well that depends. This is not a book for Excel beginners
or if you want to learn to write macros in Visual Basic. If you are the type of
person who likes to have big chunky books on the shelf to look important and
impress people, then this brilliant, pithy and simple book is also not for you.
However, if you use Excel professionally or fun then you absolutely should
consider grabbing a copy of this highly useful and informative book. It will
save you many hours of work and delight you at the same time. - Excellent stuff