Desktop Reference Books

What’s on your desktop bookshelf? I only have a few inches of space on the bookshelf above my computer, and it holds the books that I refer to most often.  From left to right, they are:

  • Roget’s Thesaurus
  • French/English Dictionary
  • Notebook
  • Excel 2007 PivotTables Recipes
  • Beginning Pivot Tables in Excel 2007
  • Excel Pivot Tables Recipe Book
  • Manual of Style for Technical Publications
  • Oxford Canadian Dictionary
  • Binder with Contextures Procedures

The thesaurus is about 100 years old, or at least looks that old. I’ve had it since university days, and like it much better than the newer style. Microsoft Word has a built in thesaurus feature, which I use occasionally, but it’s no substitute for Roget’s version.
My books are there because I do lots of work with pivot tables and can’t remember all the obscure issues and workarounds that I covered in the books.
The binder doesn’t have too much in it yet, but I’m trying to add more checklists and procedures, to make monthly tasks a bit easier.
I’d have room for more books if I removed the CD storage rack that’s to the right. It holds music CDs and I can’t remember the last time that I listened to one on the computer. Everything that I want to hear is in an MP3 file, so maybe these should go out to the car, or down to the stereo system.