To begin our discussion of Spreadsheets, it is important that we understand exactly what these programs do. Spreadsheets are the result of programs that allow you to organize data into concrete, readable, and exchangeable forms. The Spreadsheets can organize and collate large quantities of data quickly and efficietly.
Now, this may seem basic and elementary to you, but understanding this idea is critical to learning to use Spreadsheets. The idea that Spreadsheets are some kind of magic formula to make you an accountant, or to do the work of gathering the data for you is simply wrong. Spreadsheets are tools to help you get the most out of your data.
There are several very good Spreadsheet programs available on the market today. All of them will help you create professional looking documents. The most popular Spreadsheet program on the market today is Microsoft Excel. This program is included in the Microsoft Office package of programs.
The popularity of Microsoft Excel is due to a number of reasons. First, it is by far the program with the most features. Second, it is a very logical program, leading the user through its menus and wizards in a fairly obvious and orderly fashion. Basically, it's easy to learn and easier to use!
Because of these reasons, the material presented here will deal with Microsoft Excel. The version of Excel will be from Microsoft Office XP Pro 2003.c In order for you to see as well as read the answer you will be presented with screen-pictures. Whenever there is a version specific topic, I will try to show the screens from other versions of Excel, such as Excel 2007. This will allow the student to progress smoothly and master easily the nuances of the program and find the best applications to help you create professional documents.
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