The Benefits of using Microsoft Excel

Excel is a powerful tool for building bespoke template-based spreadsheets for use in business, for analysis of data and for presenting data graphically. We have helped many clients use it in their business to great effect, but here are the benefits of Excel according to Microsoft:

Click the links in the list below to see Microsoft's version of each of the advantages of Excel in a little more detail

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1. MS Excel features the Microsoft Office Fluent user interface to help you find powerful tools when you need them.

Find the tools you want when you need them using the results-oriented Office Fluent user interface. Based on the job you need to accomplish, whether it’s creating a table or writing a formula, the new versions present the appropriate commands when you need them.

2. Import, organise, and explore massive data sets within significantly expanded spreadsheets.

Work with massive amounts of data, which supports spreadsheets that can be up to 1 million rows by 16,000 columns. In addition to the bigger grid, Excel supports multicore processor platforms for faster calculation of formula-intense spreadsheets.

3. Use the completely redesigned charting engine to communicate your analysis in professional-looking charts.

Build professional-looking charts faster with fewer clicks using charting tools in the Office Fluent user interface. Apply rich visual enhancements to your charts such as 3-D effects, soft shadowing, and transparency. Create and interact with charts the same way, regardless of the application you are using, because the charting engine is consistent in Microsoft Office Word and Microsoft Office PowerPoint.

4. Enjoy improved and powerful support for working with tables.

Create, format, expand, filter, and refer to tables within formulas because the support for tables has been greatly improved. When you’re viewing data contained in a large table, Excel keeps table headings in view while you scroll.

5. Create and work with interactive PivotTable views with ease.

PivotTable views enable you to quickly reorient your data to help you answer multiple questions. Find the answers you need faster and create and use PivotTable views more easily by dragging fields where you want them to be displayed.

6. “See” important trends and find exceptions in your data.

Apply conditional formatting to your information more easily to discover patterns and highlight trends in your data. New schemes include colour gradients, heat maps, data bars, and performance indicator icons.

7. Use Microsoft Excel on your desktop and online to help share spreadsheets more securely with others.

Using Excel 365 online you can share spreadsheets so others can access the information using a web browser. Users can navigate, sort, filter, input parameters, and interact with the information, all within their web browser and all sharing the same file so that updates from anyone are reflected for all.

8. Help ensure you and your organisation work with the most current business information.

Prevent the spread of multiple or outdated copies of a spreadsheet throughout your organisation by using Excel 365 online. Control which users can view and modify spreadsheets on the server using permission-based access.

9. Reduce the size of spreadsheets and improve damaged file recovery at the same time.

The new, compressed Microsoft Office Excel XML Format offers a dramatic reduction in file size, while its architecture offers an improvement in data recovery for damaged files. This new format provides a tremendous saving to storage and bandwidth requirements, and reduces the burden on IT personnel.

10. Extend your business intelligence investments because Excel provides full support for Microsoft SQL Server.

Take advantage of the flexibility and the new cube functions to build a custom report from an OLAP database. You can also connect to external sources of data more easily using the Data Connection Library.

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