When your numbers get serious, read “Take Control of Numbers”

When your numbers get serious, read “Take Control of Numbers”

Good day!

Paul Simon sang, “When numbers get serious, you see their shape everywhere.” Apple’s Numbers has gotten serious about providing legitimate competition for Microsoft Excel, and Mac users now see it everywhere, since it ships for free with every Mac. But tapping the power of Numbers isn’t always easy, even for those who have used spreadsheets for years, so we’re tremendously pleased to bring you one of our most significant books ever: Sharon Zardetto’s “Take Control of Numbers,” which shows you how to input, calculate, sort, filter, format, and chart your data on the Mac with ease. The book normally costs $20, but the 30% MUG discount drops that to $14. Learn more about the book and buy it via the coupon-loaded link below.


At 330 pages, “Take Control of Numbers” is a big book, and we had to restrain Sharon from writing even more — Numbers is that deep. But the book is still a tour de force, with hundreds of carefully annotated screenshots, a hands-on example spreadsheet that provides interactive demonstrations of 27 concepts in the book, and a tutorial chapter that helps you put it all together. Of course, you can also treat the book as a reference, using the Quick Start to dip in and focus on a topic of interest.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t also mention Michael Cohen’s similarly exhaustive 266-page “Take Control of Pages,” which teaches you the best ways to create documents in Apple’s word processor, master the layout tools, and handle compatibility and iCloud Drive, whether you work in Pages 5 for Mac, Pages 2 for iOS, Pages for iCloud, or a combination of those apps. It’s also only $14 after the MUG discount.


(Although it’s too soon to promise anything specific, we are talking about completing the trilogy with “Take Control of Keynote.”)

Tonya here. As CFO for TidBITS Publishing, I spend a lot of time in Excel, and although I’d tried Numbers a few times, I always retreated quickly to Excel, flummoxed by how Numbers differed. It wasn’t until I read Sharon’s manuscript that I learned key fundamentals, such as the four possible states for a table. It was also eye-opening to discover just how powerful Numbers is, with features like conditional highlighting, lookup functions that grab data in other tables, nested IF statements, rule-based filters to display only specific rows, and paragraph and character styles to maintain a consistent look-and-feel.

Thanks to the many readers who suggested that we create this title! And remember, as Paul Simon sang, “When times are mysterious, serious numbers are eager to please.”

cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

PS. As you can guess, Paul Simon’s “When Numbers Get Serious” inspired more than one editing session. If you haven’t heard it before, or at least recently, give it a listen and read its lyrics at:


PPS. Check out some of our other recently released ebooks, all at 30% off:

* Photos for Mac: A Take Control Crash Course (30-page early-bird version)
* Apple Watch: A Take Control Crash Course (23-page early-bird version)
* Take Control of Automating Your Mac (just updated!)
* Take Control of PDFpen 7
* Take Control of Pages


cheers… -Adam & Tonya Engst, Take Control publishers

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