Microsoft Excel provides a grid interface to organize nearly any type of information. The power of Excel lies in it's flexibility to define the layout and structure of the information you want to manage. Basic tasks require no special training, and Excel allows you to work with text, numbers, and date information in a relatively open and unstructured way. Nearly 30 years after it's initial introduction, Excel remains the worlds leading spreadsheet software.
This brief article provides an introduction to Microsoft Excel, major uses, and key features every Excel user should be aware of.
|Primarily textual information||Word table|
|Text and numeric/date information||Word table or Excel|
|Numeric information based on dynamic calculations||Excel|
|Conditional formatting of date fields compared to current date||Excel|
|Sorting by text, date, or numeric values||Excel|