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March 14, 2017

What is Excel?

Released over 30 years ago but still going strong.

By James Nunns

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program, developed by Microsoft, that is included in the company’s Office suite of applications.

The application is designed to allow users to organise, format, and calculate data with formulas through a spreadsheet system.

Users are able to do basic calculations, use graphing tools, create pivot tables, and create macros programming language.

Every spreadsheet is a collection of cells that are arranged into rows and columns, basically organising the data so that the data can be manipulated.

What can Excel be used for?

Excel has been a staple of businesses for decades due to its relatively easy to use functionality.

The application can be used in helping to identify data trends, formatting data to make important data easy to find, sorting and filtering data to find specific information, and linking worksheet data and charts for using in other programs such as Microsoft PowerPoint and Word.

The initial release was over 30 years ago in September 1985 and new versions are still rolling out today.

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