Microsoft Excel Overview | Uses of Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel Overview | Uses of Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel Overview | Uses of Microsoft Excel

Read about how Microsoft Excel can help your company save time, money and make some just darn cool applications.

Microsoft Excel is one the most versatile tools on the market place today for developing advanced business, engineering and scientific tools. It can be used for a variety of different tasks, has 30 years of legacy behind it and should be the first question asked when faced with an analysis problem, "Can we build it in Excel?"

Microsoft Excel Overview

In general, Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet tool that is capable of performing calculations, analyzing data, presenting information in advanced dashboards and integrating information from different programs. That is just for starters. Microsoft Excel is comprised of organizational units called workbooks. A standard workbook contains worksheets and chart sheets. Worksheets perform calculations, store and organize data, present graphics, charts and controls like a web page; they are extremely versatile. A worksheet is comprised of millions of cells. The job of a cell is to store a formula that performs a calculation or communicates with some other application (i.e. program) such as a database. They also store and present data. A chart sheet's job is to present a chart (graph) developed from data stored on a worksheet or from some other data source.

Microsoft Excel Worksheet Dashboard
Microsoft Excel Worksheet Example

Basic Capabilities of Microsoft Excel

Think of Microsoft Excel as a modular tool set that can be rapidly configured to accomplish a desired task. Some of Excel's key tools include:

By using Microsoft Excel, company funds and time are not invested in developing software tools from the "ground up" in computer languages that take large staffs to maintain.

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