What Are the Benefits of Microsoft Excel?

By Katherine Sanger

Microsoft Excel, a part of the Microsoft Office Suite, is a spreadsheet application that allows users to store, manipulate and graph data. It includes formulas, lets users make their own formulas and even uses programming (Visual Basic) to personalize every bit of the program. While other software programs may be able to do some similar things, Microsoft Excel has some benefits you will want to consider.


Most people have used another Microsoft product, whether it's Word or PowerPoint. Microsoft Excel uses the standard interface you're already familiar with.


Microsoft Excel can store extremely large amounts of data--up to 1 million rows by 16,000 columns.


Excel creates professional-looking charts and graphs with 3-D effects, shadowing and even transparency.


PivtotTables help you find answers to questions quickly, easily and responsively. You can drag and drop fields to make change the table's view.

Conditional Formatting

With conditional formatting, you can change the way a "cell" (the intersection of a column and a row) looks based on the information contained. For example, you might have cells with a negative value have red text while positive values had black text.


If you use Microsoft Office SharePoint Server with your Excel, you can change your Excel spreadsheet into an HTML file so that anyone can view the data using a web browser.

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