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What Versions of Excel Are Covered?

Tips on this ExcelTips Web site are written for various versions of Excel. On this site you'll find tips written for Excel 2007, Excel 2010, Excel 2013, and Excel 2016. (These are all PC/Windows versions of Excel.) Each tip is clearly marked as to which version it covers. (See the notation at the bottom of each tip.)

If you are looking for tips about how to use older versions of Excel (97 through 2003), visit our other ExcelTips site.

What Does the "Ribbon" Mean in "ExcelTips (Ribbon Interface)"?

Excel 2007, Excel 2010, Excxel 2013, and Excel 2016 utilize a user interface commonly referred to as a "ribbon interface." This is different from earlier versions of Excel, which relied more on a traditional menu-based interface. Specifically, the ribbon is the area just above the document that contains all sorts of tools to accomplish tasks. Just above the ribbon are tabs that control what is displayed on the ribbon.

What About Excel for the Mac?

Many ExcelTips are equally applicable to versions of Excel for the Mac. In fact, there are many newsletter subscribers who use only Excel for the Mac. The differences in implementation for the Mac are not pointed out in ExcelTips, however. In addition, I don't point out the basic usage differences between Windows and Mac systems, such as holding down the Ctrl key as you click the mouse to simulate a right-click.

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Who Writes ExcelTips?

ExcelTips is written and edited by Allen L. Wyatt.

Why Do You Do ExcelTips?

For two reason, primarily. First, I use Excel quite often, and I really enjoy the program. That being said, there are still many things that are frustrating, and I have had to search for how to accomplish them. I think many other people are in the same boat. The second reason is that I love to write. I have written about 50 computer books (type my name into Amazon) and you have to love writing to do that.

Does ExcelTips Cover Macros?

ExcelTips is not a tutorial in how to write macros, but many of the tips included in ExcelTips rely on macros to accomplish tasks.

How Can I Get Help With a Problem?

Each ExcelTips newsletter includes a Help Wanted section. The section is dedicated to those readers having problems making Excel behave the way they expect. It contains restated problems that were forwarded to ExcelTips. If you have a problem, visit this page to send it in. We can't guarantee you will get a prompt answer (or even an answer at all), but you may be able to finally get that nagging problem off your chest. If your question is included in the Help Wanted section, readers may respond with solutions. These solutions are then formatted into tips which appear in future issues of ExcelTips.

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