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Beginning OpenOffice Calc: From Setting Up Simple Spreadsheets to Business Forecasting

Book Description

OpenOffice Calc is the most powerful and widespread open source spreadsheet application in existence. It is the only real alternative to Excel. Jacek Artymiak is widely regarded as the authority on OpenOffice Calc. He takes you, step by step, from the interface and handling Calc files to working with data sources small and large. Artymiak then extends the reader's skillset to data visualization, writing complex formulas and performing statistical analysis. Beginning OpenOffice Calc allows you to gain confidence in the considered use of statistical formulas, but does not assume familiarity with another spreadsheet application.

What you'll learn

  • Work with large sets of data

  • Process and format data

  • Write complex formulas using array functions

  • Collaborate on OpenOffice.org Calc files with the users of Calc, Excel and other spreadsheet software

Who this book is for

This is a book for spreadsheet beginners as much as for anyone who would like start using open source applications in an office environment. Whether someone has used Excel in the past and wants to convert to Calc, or just wants to start using spreadsheets, this is the book for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Title
  2. Contents at a Glance
  3. Contents
  4. About the Author
  5. Preface
  6. Chapter 1: Essentials
    1. Creating a New Worksheet
    2. Entering Data
    3. How OpenOffice.org Calc Treats Your Input
    4. Editing Data
    5. Adding Comments to Cells
  7. Chapter 2: Formulas
    1. Great Formulas
    2. Understanding Formula Syntax
    3. Referencing Cells
    4. Relative Addressing
    5. Absolute Addressing
    6. Referencing Data Stored on Other Sheets
    7. Referencing Data Stored in Other Worksheets
    8. Giving Cells Names
  8. Chapter 3: Functions
    1. Creating Formulas by Hand
    2. Taming the Function Wizard
    3. Constructing Complex Formulas
  9. Chapter 4: Formatting
    1. Formatting Text
    2. Formatting Cells
    3. Formatting Columns and Rows
    4. Formatting Worksheets
    5. Auto-formatting Sheets
  10. Chapter 5: Simple Mathematical Functions
    1. Absolute Values of Numbers (ABS)
    2. Exponential Function (EXP)
    3. Factorial Function (FACT)
    4. Natural Logarithm (LN)
    5. Logarithm (LOG)
    6. Logarithm Base 10 (LOG10)
    7. Power (POWER)
    8. Product of Many Arguments (PRODUCT)
    9. Square Root (SQRT)
    10. Sum of Many Arguments (SUM)
    11. Sum of Squares of Many Arguments (SUMSQ)
  11. Chapter 6: Utility Mathematical Functions
    1. Nearest Multiple Larger Than or Equal To X (CEILING)
    2. Nearest Even Integer (EVEN)
    3. Nearest Multiple Smaller Than or Equal To X (FLOOR)
    4. Nearest Integer (INT)
    5. Nearest Odd Integer (ODD)
    6. Random Number (RAND)
    7. Rounding Numbers (ROUND)
    8. Rounding Numbers Down (ROUNDDOWN)
    9. Rounding Numbers Up (ROUNDUP)
    10. Truncate (TRUNC)
  12. Chapter 7: Useful Statistical Functions
    1. Average (AVERAGE)
    2. Geometric Mean (GEOMEAN)
    3. Harmonic Mean (HARMEAN)
    4. Median (MEDIAN)
    5. Counting Cells (COUNT)
    6. Counting Cells (COUNTA)
    7. The Kth Largest Value (LARGE)
    8. The Kth Smallest Value (SMALL)
    9. Maximum (MAX)
    10. Minimum (MIN)
    11. Mode Function (MODE)
    12. Rank Function (RANK)
  13. Chapter 8: Calculations with Money
    1. Investment Calculations
    2. Cumulative Compounded Interest (CUMIPMT)
    3. Cumulative Principal Capital (CUMPRINC)
    4. Time to Maturity (DURATION)
    5. Effective Rate of Interest (EFFECTIVE)
    6. Future Value (FV)
    7. Interest (IPMT)
    8. Internal Rate of Return (IRR)
    9. Nominal Rate of Interest (NOMINAL)
    10. Time to Repay a Loan (NPER)
    11. Net Present Value (NPV)
    12. Payment (PMT)
    13. Capital (PPMT)
    14. Present Value (PV)
    15. Annual Rate of Interest for Loans (RATE)
    16. Annual Rate of Interest for Savings (RRI)
    17. Asset Depreciation
    18. Declining Balance Method (DB)
    19. Double-Declining Balance Method (DDB)
    20. Straight Line Depreciation (SLN)
    21. Sum-of-Years Method (SYD)
    22. Double Declining Curve Method (VDB)
  14. Chapter 9: Formatting Functions
    1. ARABIC
    2. Join Strings of Text (& or CONCATENATE)
    3. CLEAN
    4. LOWER
    5. PROPER
    6. ROMAN
    7. TEXT
    8. TRIM
    9. UPPER
  15. Chapter 10: Conversion Functions
    1. Converting Between Numeric Systems (BASE)
    2. Converting Numbers into Currency Strings (DOLLAR)
    3. Adding Thousand Separators (FIXED)
    4. Searching for Strings (FIND – Case-Sensitive)
    5. Replacing Strings (REPLACE)
    6. Searching for Strings (SEARCH – Case-Insensitive)
    7. Selectively Replacing Strings (SUBSTITUTE)
    8. Conditional Functions
    9. Comparing Strings (EXACT)
  16. Chapter 11: Utility Functions
    1. ASCII Character (CHAR)
    2. ASCII Code (CODE)
    3. Left-Side Substring (LEFT)
    4. Length of a String (LEN)
    5. Middle (MID)
    6. Repeat String (REPT)
    7. Right-Side Substring (RIGHT)
    8. Obfuscate (ROT13)
    9. Return Text Values Only (T)
  17. Chapter 12: Time & Date Functions
    1. Functions that Return a Timestamp
    2. Timestamp (DATE)
    3. Today’s Timestamp (TODAY)
    4. Extracting Date Components
    5. Extracting Days from a Date (DAY)
    6. Extracting Weekdays from a Date (WEEKDAY)
    7. Extract Week Number from a Date (WEEKNUM)
    8. Extract Month from a Date (MONTH)
    9. Extract Year from a Date (YEAR)
    10. Number of Days in a Year (DAYSINYEAR)
    11. Number of Weeks in a Year (WEEKSINYEAR)
    12. Functions that Calculate the Difference Between Two Dates
    13. Difference Between Two Dates in Real Units (DAYS)
    14. Difference Between Two Dates in Banker’s Units (DAYS360)
    15. Number of Months Between Two Dates (MONTHS)
    16. Number of Weeks Between Two Dates (WEEKS)
    17. Number of Months Between Two Dates (YEARS)
  18. Chapter 13: Conditional Functions
    1. Making Decisions (IF)
    2. Relational Operators
    3. Logical Functions
    4. AND
    5. FALSE
    6. NOT
    7. OR
    8. TRUE
  19. Index