Excelling in Life was carefully designed, word by word, to turn an Excel(R) illiterate into an advanced user. The book is unique because it is written with a humorous and candid style with user-friendly color coding and cute images, but at the same time goes deep into teaching what many other publications avoid: how to open the doors to complex programming with a combination of built-in functions. In other words, it reduces terrifying, fire-breathing formulas to mewling kittens you want to play with. And all of this will happen with under 100 effective pages of hands-on step-by-step instructions. The topics and examples in the book, carefully selected after a decade of experience in business and teaching, include: basic program operation; key formulas and functions (date & time, text, logical, math, and lookup & reference); creating eye-catching and functional charts; the magic of pivot tables and pivot charts; producing error-proof files with data validation, formulas and cell protection; advanced features and basic macros; and optional statistical analysis procedures. More than a mere collection of tricks, Excelling in Life presents an original and comprehensive Best Practices approach with the key commandments of proper spreadsheet use. Using real-life examples and a style that is as entertaining as it is educational, Excelling in Life will guide you toward a deep understanding of the most popular and timeless spreadsheet application in the world. All of us --farmers, students, sociologists, engineers, dentists, stay-at-home dads, CEOs and even some smart pets-- desperately need more skills with this lovely program, whether we realize it or not.