What is Excel?

Last updated: January 30, 2023

Microsoft Excel is a helpful and powerful program for data analysis and documentation. It is a spreadsheet program, which contains a number of columns and rows, where each intersection of a column and a row is a “cell.” Each cell contains one point of data or one piece of information. By organizing the information in this way, you can make information easier to find, and automatically draw information from changing data.

The Excel Interface

Modifying a Worksheet

Formatting Cells

Formulas and Functions

Sorting and Filling


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