What Is the Function of Microsoft Excel?

Microsoft Excel is a data management program that is used to create and format spreadsheets, analyze and share the information within the spreadsheets, and make charts, graphs, and PivotTables. With advanced tools from Microsoft, users can easily share all their information through email, a company Intranet, or even the Internet.

Spreadsheets

Microsoft Excel 2007 has the ability to host even bigger spreadsheets - up to 1 million rows by 16,000 columns. The data can be in a multitude of formats - numbers, dates, text, general, currency, time, percentages, fractions and scientific format.

Math

There are over 50 math and trigonometry functions in Excel. For example, Microsoft Excel can round numbers up and down, work with matrices, determine square roots and sines, and do the basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Charts

Depending on your needs and data, Excel can create different charts for you. These include column, pie, bar, area, scatter, line, stock, surface, bubble, and radar charts.

PivotTables

PivotTables let you quickly change how you view your data. After creating a worksheet, you can simply "drag and drop" the columns to new positions and Excel will make changes automatically so that calculated rows change without you having to figure out new formulas yourself.

Macros

Macros allow users to create small custom programs to automate certain otherwise repetitive tasks. The macro basically records your keystrokes and mouse clicks and then lets you use them again later to do the same task.

Holding Data

Microsoft Excel can even be used as a flat-file database. (It's very useful for simple functions, like keeping track of addresses and phone numbers.)