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#1 TheSmartMethod


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Posted 02 September 2013 - 04:25 PM

There's a video walk-through of downloading and using sample files here:


Download the sample files and open or navigate a workbook.


It is part of the Excel 2013 Essential Skills course and demonstrated using the Internet Explorer web browser but is equally relevant for the 2010 and 2007 versions (though other browsers such as Firefox or Chrome may handle the download process slightly differently).


Watch the above video if the explanation below does not enable you to solve the problem.


How to get to the download page


Go to ExcelCentral.com and click the Sample Files button at the top left of your screen.


Click the product you have purchased (the video sample file set is identical to the book sample file set).  Be careful to choose the correct product (it is a common error to download the 2007 files for the 2010 course or visa versa).


How to download the files


You will see two download buttons.  By far the best is the .exe file link (the one shown first) as this avoids issues caused by Excel's new protected view feature.  The .exe file is digitally certified and signed.


The second option is more likely to cause problems as it is a .zip file.  Windows often malfunctions and loses the ability to recognize zip files.  They are included for corporate users who may have had the ability to download .exe files blocked by their IT department.


Run or Save?


Most browsers ask you if you want to RUN or SAVE the downloaded file.  The best option is to select the .EXE file and RUN the file.  This will automatically extract the sample files and install them into the C:/Practice directory on your computer.


Can't find the files?


They are installed, by default,  into your C:/Practice folder unless you asked for a different folder to be used during the install.


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