In this chapter you’ll learn how to work with Excel 2007 in the Windows operating system. You’ll be introduced to basic workbook concepts, including navigating through your worksheets and worksheet cells. This chapter also introduces Stat Plus, an Excel add-in supplied with this book and designed to expand Excel’s statistical capabilities.
This book does not require prior Excel 2007 experience, but familiarity with basic features of that program will reduce your start-up time. This section provides a quick overview of the features of Excel 2007. If you are using an earlier version of Excel, you should refer to the text Data Analysis for Excel for Office XP. There are many different versions of Windows. This text assumes that you’ll be working with Windows Vista or Windows XP.
Installing the StatPlus
Files the companion website at www.cengage.com/statistics/berk contains an installation program that you can use to install StatPlus on your computer. Install your fi les now.
To run the installation routine:
1. On the companion website click on the StatPlus link under the Book Resources section.
2 Download the ZIP file containing the StatPlus files to your hard drive.
3 Extract the ZIP fi le, which will contain a folder called StatPlus.
4 Place the StatPlus folder in the desired location on your hard drive. If you want, you may rename this folder to a different name of your choice.
When Excel 2007 is installed on your computer, the installation program automatically inserts a shortcut icon to Excel 2007 in the Programs menu located under the Windows Start button. You can click this icon to launch Excel.
To start Excel:
1 Click the Start button on the Windows Taskbar and then click All Programs.
2 Click Microsoft Office and then click Microsoft Office Excel 2007 as shown.
If you have unsaved work, Excel asks whether you want to save it before exiting. If you click No, Excel closes and you lose your work. If you click Yes, Excel opens the Save As dialog box and allows you to save your work. Once you have closed Excel, you are returned to the Windows desktop or to another active application.