Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2013 11:23 AM (in response to Boil2)
Other than the frustrating, and time consuming method of self-teaching, looking at this discussion forum when you get stuck, I've heard good things about Lynda.com. It's an online tutorial company that sells memberships allowing the subscriber to learn many different software applications.
I'm strongly considering subscribing for the purpose of learning Numbers and some other programs as well.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2013 1:11 PM (in response to Boil2)
The best way to start learning Numbers is to read the Numbers User Guide. You can download it from the Help menu link.
In my book, "proficient" is knowing where to find the answers. I doubt that there are many users who can build Numbers documents without consulting the documentation now and then.
Another download that you should get is the iWork Formulas and Functions User Guide. It describes every function in Numbers, with examples. These same function descriptions and examples are available in Numbers, in a tool called the Function Browser.
Macmost.com has some very nice elementary video tutorials, and there are many on Youtube, of varying quality.
Unlike Jay, I think you get pretty good value from these discussions. Studying the questions and answers is sometimes like attending a seminar, and when you get stuck, ask a question yourself.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 17, 2013 8:09 AM (in response to Boil2)
Here's a link to the free MacMost videos: http://macmost.com/video-list
The Numbers videos are about half-way down the page. I think you will find this site a treasure when it comes to good advice about your Mac and the software you run on it.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2013 7:45 AM (in response to Jerrold Green1)
I didn't know about the resources you suggested, and appreciate learning about them from you. I'm perusing the MacMost video site now. Thank you.