Knowing how to make a decent spreadsheet is one of the four computer skills that separates the office pros from the noobs. (The other three: PowerPoint, Photoshop, and being able to do more with Word than format term papers. Or whatever you add in the comments.) Maybe you learned Excel in college, or maybe you, like me, are shamed by people who whip their data into elegant color-keyed presentations while your shitty little black and white cells look more like pages from the phone book. You could noodle around until you figure it out, or you could take a free Excel class from the Brooklyn Public Library, which also offers classes here and there in Word and PowerPoint. Here are all the Excel classes we could find this summer:
If you can’t make any of them, you can also learn Excel for free on this Web site. We haven’t tried it, but the library thinks it’s kosher because they recommend it.