Sample Files for all books published by The Smart Method - Zip File Version

You can download sample files for any Smart Method title in Zip file format from this page

On this page you can download the sample files that support your paper or e-book as a zip file.   If you have any difficulties consult the FAQ section at the bottom of this page.

For most users the self-extracting .EXE file is a better choice

When the sample file set is downloaded as a digitally signed .EXE file, Excel trusts that the files are safe.  Any files that are extracted from a zip file are not trusted by Excel meaning that every time you open them you will see a warning message that you need to dismiss:

Excel Protected View Warning Message

This isn’t a problem when you use the digitally-signed executable (.EXE) version of the sample files set.

Make sure that you download the right file set

Sample file sets are very different for each of our books.  Make sure you get the right files by following the instructions below:

  1. Locate the correct carousel.  The Smart Method produce books for both the Windows and Apple Mac version of Excel.  There are two carousels below, one for Windows books and one for Apple Mac books.
  2. Use the slider arrows on each side of the carousel to locate your title.  There are blue arrows on each side of the displayed books.  Use them to navigate to the title that matches your book.
  3. Double-check you have the right title using the ISBN number.  When you’ve found your book hover your mouse over the book cover graphic – you’ll see an ISBN number. Check that the ISBN matches the number shown on the back cover of your book (just above the barcode) and on the copyright page at the beginning of the book.
  4. Click on the book title to download the sample files.

Windows Titles Sample Files Download

Click the blue arrows on each side of the book titles to scroll through all books.  Click on the book cover to download the sample files.

Windows Titles Sample Files Download

You appear to be using a Pad device!  (This may not be true if you simply have a very small screen or browser window).  If you are using an Android or iPad pad device it is not usually useful (and in some cases not even possible) for your pad device to download files.  If you really want to download sample files (and understand the technical limitations of your device) you can attempt a download by double-tapping a book cover below.

Windows Titles Sample Files Download

You appear to be using a mobile phone!  (This may not be true if you simply have a very small screen or browser window).  If you are using an Android or iPad mobile phone it is not usually useful (and in some cases not even possible) for your mobile phone to download files.  If you really want to download sample files (and understand the technical limitations of your device) you can attempt a download by double-tapping a book cover below.

Apple Mac Titles Sample Files Download

Click the blue arrows on each side of the book titles to scroll through all books.  Click on the book cover to download the sample files.

Apple Mac Titles Sample Files Download

You appear to be using a Pad device!  (This may not be true if you simply have a very small screen or browser window).  If you are using an Android or iPad pad device it is not usually useful (and in some cases not even possible) for your pad device to download files.  If you really want to download sample files (and understand the technical limitations of your device) you can attempt a download by double-tapping a book cover below.

Apple Mac Titles Sample Files Download

You appear to be using a mobile phone!  (This may not be true if you simply have a very small screen or browser window).  If you are using an Android or iPad mobile phone it is not usually useful (and in some cases not even possible) for your mobile phone to download files.  If you really want to download sample files (and understand the technical limitations of your device) you can attempt a download by double-tapping a book cover below.

Frequently asked questions

The executable option isn’t supported for the Apple Mac, so the Apple Mac files are only supplied in ZIP format.

All browsers download files in different ways.  Perhaps you’ve never downloaded a file before so do not understand how downloads work in your browser? 

In the Chrome browser you’ll see a gray icon at the bottom left of the browser window bearing the name of the zip file. if you right-click this icon and select Show In Folder you’ll find the location that Chrome has downloaded to. 

In the Edge browser you’ll see a gray window at the bottom center of the browser window.  You then need to click the arrow to the right of the Save button and then select Save As.  You can then save to the location of your choice.

This happens when the file associations on your computer have become corrupted.  You can fix this but it is easier to simply open the file from inside Excel rather than by double-clicking it.

Files are extracted to the c:/practice folder unless you changed this default location when you extracted them.

You’ve downloaded the wrong files.  Select your mac book from the Apple Mac Titles images above.

Notice the blue arrows on either side of the images. Click on either arrow to scroll through all book titles.

The iPad cannot run the full version of Excel – though it can run a cut-down app version.  You won’t be able to learn all of  Excel’s features using the cut-down online or app versions.  The iPad also does not support the concept of on-device files.  The iPad needs you to install files upon a cloud drive to access them via the Internet.

If you want to learn the full version of Excel you’ll need to learn it on a Windows or Mac personal computer.

ASP/NET titles have their own dedicated site.  You’ll find the sample files at: 

http://aspnetcentral.com

Our Access 2003 VBA title also has its own dedicated site.  You’ll find the sample files for this title at:

https://learnaccessvba.com

You can find every other book we have ever published  in the image carousels above.

Our sample files are completely free and you do not need to pay to use them.

If messages are appearing asking you to pay when opening a ZIP file, it is most likely that you have a piece of software installed on your computer that has taken over the ZIP file type. Very old versions of Windows did not support ZIP files by default, so users had to install software such as Winzip to work with ZIP files. It is probably this software that is asking you to pay, but you almost certainly don’t need it.

Windows has been able to open ZIP files without any additional software since the release of Windows XP in 2001, so you do not need Winzip (or any other special software) to open a ZIP file. Assuming you have Windows XP or later, uninstalling the software that is asking you to pay should resolve the problem. You may also be able to work around the problem by right-clicking on the ZIP file and clicking Extract All (or similar) from the shortcut menu.

Our recommended method is to download the sample files in self-extracting EXE format (rather than zip) from the main Sample Files page, although some security software might not allow EXE files to be downloaded (and it is not an option at all for Apple computers).

2 thoughts on “Sample Files – zip version”

    1. Our sample files are completely free and you do not need to pay to download and use them.

      If messages are appearing asking you to pay when opening a ZIP file, it is most likely that you have a piece of software installed on your computer that has taken over the ZIP file type. Very old versions of Windows did not support ZIP files by default, so users had to install software such as Winzip to work with ZIP files. It is probably this software that is asking you to pay, but you almost certainly don’t need it.

      Windows has been able to open ZIP files without any additional software since the release of Windows XP in 2001, so you do not need Winzip (or any other special software) to open a ZIP file. Assuming you have Windows XP or later, uninstalling the software that is asking you to pay should resolve the problem. You may also be able to work around the problem by right-clicking on the ZIP file and clicking Extract All (or similar) from the shortcut menu.

      Our recommended method is to download the sample files in self-extracting EXE format (rather than zip) from the main Sample Files page, although some security software might not allow EXE files to be downloaded (and it is not an option at all for Apple computers).

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