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Microsoft Excel, Question

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    Seems I'm a bit of a prehistoric reptile as far as computer programs go . Never had to learn it or use it. And a lot of jobs require/ask for it. Makes a huge difference in pay, I've discovered.

    I'm signing up for a night class at the library that is teaching Excel 2007. after I get my library card tomorrow.

    My question is, is there a difference in Excel 2007 & newer versions of Excel, or will I be able to adapt if I get tested on it on a job interview?

    Inquiring minds wanna know.

    *pokes Jags*

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    You will be fine if you can drive a mouse in Excel 2007. Most added features anymore are stuff nobody uses anyway. In fact most added spreadsheet features since 1991 are stuff nobody uses.

    Edit: After you get through at the library, shame on you for not having a card already, download the 60 day trial version of Office 2010 and get familiar with it.

    http://www2.buyoffice.microsoft.com...US_GenTry_Control&culture=en-us&re_dr=TRYONLY
  3. Mrs. Krabappel

    Mrs. Krabappel Minister of Fire

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    Definitely run through the newer version once you are adept at 2007. It's a somewhat different interface.
  4. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    The newest versions have a significantly different interface that takes some getting used to. I am finally getting the hang of it. They have also automated some functions and made others one click. If you want a simpler version that will get the job done you could download OpenOffice by Oracle. It's free and covers most Office functions very well.
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    +1 on the open office. Does everything I need for free. Unless the microsoft program is a job requirement of course.
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    I find the newer Excell version to be a PITA when it comes to looking for specific commands. A lot of the speciality menus only appear when on certain tabs. The comands are there but they just are harder to find. Frequently, Excel will assume that you are done with a command and turn off the special pull down menu and then you have to go look for it again. Once you use it frequently its gets less bad but still it slow me down comparted to 97.
  7. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    Mission accomplished, I'm signed up for the class.

    BB, thanks for the link, I will do that after I'm done, which is May 23.

    I have Office.org (thanks to BB, again), I'll check it out. Are they similar? (Haven't even looked at it yet, just got home, mowed the grass, took out the Murph, working on dinner).

    A lot of the job listings say "Microsoft Excel". So I'm pretty sure that's where I have to be. But, if Office will give me some practice, too, that's cool.

    Worked breakfast at the diner, did OK in tips.

    This really blows, but I'm peddling as fast as I can.
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    You go girl....we are here for ya.... cheers.gif

  9. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    Gotta love Rodney, Gamma .. glad you like him [​IMG]

    The Devil knows I'm there...but I'm not down yet, or totally on fire.
  10. Backwoods Savage

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    Go for it Eileen! You can do it.
  11. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    Thanks, Dennis & Judy. Thank you very, very much.
  12. Jags

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    Eileen - you can learn the "functionality" of the office from any of their versions, but as BG stated, the 2010 version is quite a different interface. It still does the same junk (and then some) of the older versions, it is just not in the same place. Take your class and then grab the trial version that BroB linked to and take it for a test drive.

    The best way that I have found to help people navigate it is to actually give yourself a task. Spread sheet your expenses. Print your mailing labels for outgoing mail....etc.
  13. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    Thanks, Jags, I'll do that.

    Is 2010 on a blue back ground, and you have to click on a multi colored box in the upper left hand corner to access the print functions? If so, I'm using it alittle bit for accepting dispatches, billing info, and warranty work from different manufacturers on their web sites. Hay, maybe I know more than I think I do :)
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    "Hay, maybe I know more than I think I do"
    This would not surprise me a bit.
    Like Jags suggests, doing is the best medicine.
  15. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    I'll take what ever medicine I can to cure this mess, thanks Dave !
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    Yep, something that is as mundane as printing requires 3 clicks.:confused:
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    Hang in there Dixie you can do it!

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    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    You guys are the best :)

    Played with Dixie last night & tonight, did some showmanship patterns, and just worked with her. Felt great, been a while. She, on the other hand, looked at me like "you're talking to me?" I said yes, I am. She changed her tune pretty quickly [​IMG]
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  20. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

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    Dixie, as others have said, you will be fine. Once you know Excel, the only thing that has changed significantly is where Microsoft put it.;lol<>
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  23. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    Got my book bag packed, and my snack :)

    Class tomorrow @ 7 PM [​IMG]
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    Rock and roll Dix. Rock and roll.
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    Get an "A"! :cool:

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