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Microsoft Excel Rocks!

10 out of 10
May 04, 2022
We use Microsoft Excel for data analysis, financial analysis, and to generate graphs for Board reports. We use pivot tables a lot to …
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good review!

9 out of 10
March 16, 2022
Excel is very important in an organization, it allows you to run spreadsheets with a variety of formulas. The problem with excel is the …
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What is Microsoft Excel?

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet application available as part of Microsoft 365 (Office 365), or standalone, in cloud-based and on-premise editions.

Microsoft Excel Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, SaaS
Operating SystemsWindows, Mac
Mobile ApplicationApple iOS, Android, Windows Phone

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Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet application available as part of Microsoft 365 (Office 365), or standalone, in cloud-based and on-premise editions.

Microsoft Excel starts at $6.99.

The most common users of Microsoft Excel are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees) and the Information Technology & Services industry.
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Shehroz Akram | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Software that we are using in our daily routine in our professional life, [the] scope of its usage is across the organization. The purpose of the usage of [Microsoft] Excel is to maintain records through data entry, perform basic and advance level analysis, comparison of data, show depiction by using charts and graphs that show valuable results.
  • Excel is the leading tool for data entry system.
  • It is used to prepare the summaries of huge data.
  • It makes easier to perform analysis by using its built in options such as pivot table.
  • First of all, there should be direction or navigation available to use the tools for the basic users.
  • Some tutorials or user guides maybe create values that can provide ease to the users.
  • There maybe some more criteria included to recover the lost files of excel.
Excel is best suitable when the user is maintaining the records, monthly summaries, and statements of their businesses.
It could be less appropriate to draft a message/memo or any other written document.

Besides, the options and available tools in [Microsoft] Excel cover most of the needs of the users which is remarkable.

Gary Ceder | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
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I use Mircosoft Excel for several reasons. In no particular order: Market & prospective client research, deal support & analysis, networking & outreaching efforts. I've found it helpful in my new lead generation/business development efforts, as well in educating my clients on how to make more well-informed financial decisions. The ability to display side-by-side comparisons, for example, on a summary page, as well as show incredible details with respect to deal terms on subsequent pages (if the client is interested) are both very helpful to my business as a tenant-rep office leasing broker.
  • It is very good at embedded formulas and tying cells to one another
  • It allows me to compare deals terms on a side-by-side basis and talk my clients through it easily.
  • It is very helpful as well in terms of allowing me to filter/sort results in many different ways depending on what specific information I am most interested in prioritizing.
  • Ease of access to more/better on how to develop some formulas would be appreciated. I often feel as if I am left to my own devices to figured it out myself.
  • The visual interface is not particularly exciting or engaging at all.
  • It was be great to have more options to save the file in additional formats, where applicable.
It's very good for list creation as part of my new lead generation/new client business development and research efforts. It's also very good as comparison financial implications of a given deal or deals in as much or as little detail as I'd like to show. Where Excel is less appropriate or relevant is in anything that involves presenting information in any sort of engaging manner. The visual interface is simply very 'vanilla' and blah.
Score 8 out of 10
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  • presentation of record-entries are also enhanced and improved readability with the help of different styling , fonts , colour-coding, etc
  • there are many shortcuts for everything in Microsoft Excel but user doesn't know all of them and if he still does know them then it's hard to remember all of them because they are quite in huge number, so something should be done for this
  • there should be a tutorial or guide for new users of every feature Microsoft Excel possesses
  • autosave feature should never be off, if a user want it to be off then he should be manually able to do it
  • Microsoft Excel application is very big in size and takes a huge amount of disc space and RAM in computers, hence a Microsoft Excel Lite version should be introduced so that the people who don't have that much space in their system can use the lite version of it
  • Microsoft Excel mobile application working is not smooth yet , it is very hectic for those people who don't have PC or don't have accessibility to computers at that time and want to get their work done.
we use Microsoft Excel to create data in a tabular format, we resolve the problem of removing duplicate key-Value pairs from a list of 1000+ entries which would have been a very hectic and time-taking task else if done manually. we use Microsoft Excel to represent the data of our findings in front of our client it helps in maintaining it in a very neat and organised way which is easy to explain for us and easy for even the client to understand. Database entries are stored in an Excel sheet. We work on a B-2-B Ecommerce site, so we send the request and response in form of Excel sheets, in our website the order bills, invoices, price details, order summary page, etc. are downloaded in a Excel format only. hence in every small to big activity, there is a co-relation with Microsoft Excel.
Angel Monjarás | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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I use it for everyday work, like calculating proposals and business cases or preparing small custom reports. I have some workbooks set up to use as templates, and I copy them for each new project.
  • It's compatible. I use Excel for Mac without issues sending and receiving workbooks to and from others.
  • It's intuitive. The interface is as clean as it can be for all its functionality.
  • Pivot tables: When needed, they are fast and easy to create.
  • Formula help is a little hard to understand.
  • Help search could be improved. It sometimes tries to search all over the internet instead of just in Excel.
  • It can be confusing to have two ways to find data: Via the menu (Edit - Find) and the upper right magnifying glass symbol. They have different functionality, too.
Good for quick, ad hoc reporting and on-the-fly calculations. Also good for providing examples and extracts of data from other systems. Not so good when trying to be used as a database, since it lacks governance.
Score 10 out of 10
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My purpose for using Microsoft Excel is to collate data and find trends related financial industry. Microsoft Excel makes it easier to enable formulas that best suit my needs without me being concerned about them, which allows the data to be accurate and precise. Moreover, Microsoft Excel also enables you to smoothly use different methods or represent the collated data in order to give readers an opportunity to understand the trend behind the numbers.
  • Sorting
  • Visuals through charts, tables, etc.
  • User-friendly
  • To run multiple checks simultaneously.
  • Speed
  • Allowing secured but easier way to import third-party data.
As a reporter, Microsoft Excel is user-friendly and smoothes the process of collating, sorting, and graphical representation of data, which allows us to use it to understand the trends of the industry and ensure that readers are also able to understand the data from a layman point of view. Microsoft Excel is not only well-suited for experts but also for a beginner trying to use data for their respective purposes.
Score 8 out of 10
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I used Microsoft Excel for many uses and different purposes in my organization that covers both personal and work sides as it is used in spreadsheets, mathematical formulas, financial and accounting using and application, master data collection, dashboards, information reporting, project management/leadership usages like issue logs updating and tracking in addition to Tasks/Activities Description, Team members information, To-Do lists, and Actions/Execution plans.
  • Financial/Accounting/Mathematics Calculation and Usage.
  • Dashboards/Data Analysis/Information Reporting and Presentation.
  • Project Management/Leadership Usage and Application.
  • Adding more advanced and scalable programming features like Macros & APIs.
  • Providing better themes, Interfaces, and User Experience.
  • Supporting more languages especially Arabic and others.
Microsoft Excel is well suited and best used for spreadsheets, financial reporting, accounting information, mathematical data, calculations, formulas, statistical reporting, and using wide and various types of data like Strings, Numbers, Dates, Times, Booleans, Money, Text, etc.

Microsoft Excel is less appropriate when the work needs more word processing or formatting features like font, color, alignment, spacing, dividing the text into paragraphs, drawing and painting features, in addition to database features like query, insert, delete, create, and drop transactions.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use Microsoft Excel for data analysis, financial analysis, and to generate graphs for Board reports. We use pivot tables a lot to produce needed results for data reporting and also for payroll and benefits tracking for our various funding sources.
  • Formulas
  • Pivot Tables
  • Subtotals
  • Sorting and Filtering
  • Sort feature does not work if there are blank rows; very frustrating
  • Sometimes pivot tables don't update with refresh; have to delete the entire table and redo.
Microsoft Excel is great for data analysis, grouping, summarizing, and reporting and also good for basic graphs and charts. I wouldn't use it for complex financial reporting or complex graphs and charts.
Sushant goyal | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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In my organization excel is used for storing, processing, displaying data in an intuitive format. Various teams use it to store relevant data according to their need. As I am an analytics background I personally use it with lots of formulas and calculations, and the best part is I have automated various day-to-day tasks so that they can easily be handled without writing formulas again and again.
  • Graphical representation.
  • Fast calculation.
  • Compatible.
  • Easy to learn.
  • Limit on rows and columns.
  • Auto calculation takes time.
  • Use lot system memory.
It is well suited in scenarios where data you are working upon is small, which is considered if someone wants to keep a record of employees or items. If graphs need to be generated. If someone depends heavily on data, like millions of rows then it is not recommended as it gets hung with a large amount of data.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use Microsoft Excel to help build out data, interpret and analyze data, and present this information in a helpful way to our users. Microsoft Excel is a good tool to help with large amounts of data as it can easily be adjusted and formatted to fit your specific needs.
  • Specific Formatting
  • Formula Driven
  • Consolidates Large Data
  • Online Support Community
  • Video Instructions for Macros
When analyzing large amounts of data, specifically how it related to putting together financials statements, Microsoft Excel is well suited to handle large data and be able to organize and format according to our specific needs. Microsoft Excel would not be as useful as Microsoft Powerpoint when putting together transitional slides for presentation, which could be used in conjunction with Microsoft Excel.
Score 10 out of 10
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I design spreadsheets to cover a multiple of issues. I designed a complex set of spreadsheets to track expenses and budgets. I designed a spreadsheet used to split the costs of insurance between our properties.
  • Easy to use formulas.
  • Can have one sheet pull data from other sheets.
  • Easy to enhance to make it look great.
  • Make it easier to write a table of contents.
  • Make it easier to write an outline.
It is well suited to make spreadsheets that analyize information. It is easy to upload to drive. It is easy to make complicated computations where you can change one item and it will flow the changes through to the other items.
Score 9 out of 10
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Excel gives our agency a great way to track approved continuing education courses, reconciling our company credit card transactions, and it helps create reports with ease from importing data from our database. The formulas help to customize exactly what data you would like to see or track in a way that no other software has been able to do.
  • Track
  • Reconcile
  • imports
  • Additional font choices
  • Easier to find formulas and their functions
  • Smart tips as you progress
For approved continuing education courses that we approve, Excel helps to not only log the data, but also to formulate exactly (customize) what you would like for your report to look like. We also use Excel to create easy templates for invoicing, receipts, and continuing education calculations throughout the reporting year.
Kristen Robinson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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We use Microsoft Excel to track the expenses, sales, and profits of our business. We also use it for tracking lead generation efforts for the list building activities we participate in and the list building events that we host. Microsoft Excel makes it easy for everyone involved on the project to see what's been completed and what needs to be done.
  • Adding sums with their formulas
  • Can design for various visual types on your team to understand what's going on
  • Easy to share with others on your team
  • Specific formulas are hard for the program to understand when doing equations
  • Dealing with negative numbers can be quite difficult when cells are interacting with each other
  • Moving cells is not as easy to do manually; keyboard shortcuts makes it easier
Microsoft Excel is great when you need to track items and share the document with multiple people who are involved. For example, if you are tracking lead generation efforts from Facebook Ads, you would want to know which Facebook Ad performs best and how many leads are coming from each ad. This would be a great example of how to use Microsoft Excel in your business.
Ahmed Abdelrhim | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Speed - The program helps me with the time factor like Making salaries for employees, attendance and departure, registration of the visit to the company's customers Account. The program helps to make account sheets for employees or customers and their accounts and company expenses because there are many mathematical equations and easy to use in the program
  • Calculations
  • Entering and classifying data
  • The work of employees' sheets and data
  • the formula of functions and equations should be facilitated more
  • Add articles from Word to Excel
  • Make a presentation on the program
I am the director of human resources at Unicode. It helps me in the program in daily and monthly work in my field like Calculating the turnover of the labor, make employees' specifications and calculations, make it easier for job applicants to filter, facilitate monitoring of monthly increases in the company and the progress of employees
Muhammad Waleed | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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I have been working for the past 7 years and no matter the organization or industry, Microsoft Excel is being used for data collection, data analysis, financial reporting and etc. Its built-in formulas and functions make it super easy and convenient and saves a lot of time. Microsoft Excel also makes it very easy to analyze data with its line charts, bar charts and other options of data visualizations however, it's not so good with more detailed analysis.
  • Data Collection
  • Data analysis
  • Data filtering
  • Built-in formulas for calculations
  • Copying data from one sheet to another
  • Formulas and functions should be explained properly
  • Hard to integrate with third party applications
Microsoft Excel is great for data collection and making spreadsheets. Its very well suited for small data sets and for a quick analysis of that data. Its built-in bar charts, pie charts and etc. makes it very convenient to report the data and analyze it. However, if you have large data sets to work with, extra care is needed since the chance of error grows.
March 16, 2022

good review!

Score 9 out of 10
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Excel is very important in an organization, it allows you to run spreadsheets with a variety of formulas. The problem with excel is the level of difficulty, it is not an easy platform to learn how to use.
  • spreadsheets
  • calculations
  • forms
  • layout
Excel is very good at running spreadsheets, calculating, and organizing. I don't like to use excel for writing texts, there are other better platforms.
C.Eng (India) Kumar Bhanushali | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Currently in my organization I am using Microsoft Excel for creating and managing my data, this will help me and my organization to analyze the project during and after the completion of the same. Managing the track of the data in Excel is an easier way to keep it maintained.
  • Invoicing of the Services and Supply
  • Managing and Creating Data in Easier Way
  • Reconciling the Costs efficiently
  • Time Tracking of the Laborers
  • Help guides required in the video formats with the written formats.
  • Easy to write different modules for the beginners who don't knows the VBA.
  • Linking of other MS Office file formats within the MS Excel sheets.
The product Microsoft Excel which is also known as MS Excel can be useful in creating Data, Managing the Data, Visualising the data in the graphs, etc.

This product is less appropriate who doesn't know the basic of this product, like formulas, functions, etc.
Score 8 out of 10
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I use Microsoft Excel daily in my organization as a Research and Development Consultant. Currently, it's our main software for data entry, analysis, graphing, and just general tracking of participants. Therefore, I use it for pretty much everything. For more complex analyses, we do use the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).
  • Conditional formatting of cells using regular rules.
  • Filtering of cells.
  • Quickly summarizing data.
  • Calling data from other spreadsheets into formulas.
  • Counting conditionally formatted cells (e.g., you have 5 green cells, 10 red ones, and 3 orange ones in a row).
  • Merging cells in a table; I have to remove the table first and then re-add the table to merge cells together.
  • Offering more preset colour categories for formatting graphs.
  • Built-in functions to run ANOVAs, Multiple Linear Regression, Factor Analysis, etc.
From my experience, Microsoft Excel is well-suited for storing data we gather from participants, cleaning the data, tracking key metrics, and basic descriptive analyses. It's less suited for complex analyses such as for ANOVA, MANOVA, Factor Analysis, Multiple Linear Regression, and other more complicated statistical analyses. Additionally, it isn't the most user-friendly for building dashboards or complex visuals. For complex analyses, I recommend SPSS and for the latter, I recommend Power BI.
Score 9 out of 10
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Excel is used in every aspect of the business. In the R&D group, we use Excel daily to analyze data and look for trends to drive experimental design & decision making. Graphical elements of Excel are used to communicate the same data to more senior managers. In the PMO, Excel and Pivot tables are used for resource management, to determine when resources are available or insufficient. Excel is used in the budget generation process, where more advanced functions are used to collate expense projections across cost accounts.
  • Pivot Tables/Charts & Slicer
  • Sparklines
  • Charts - new types are added occasionally
  • Easy to open, navigate and start building spreadsheet
  • Familiarity as part of Microsoft Office - everyone knows it
  • Reviews. Other than adding Notes or Comments, you cannot see what someone changed (like Word) unless you manually "redline" the cells
  • Training - there are many features to Excel that most people are not aware of
As part of the Microsoft Office suite, using Excel is a given. Try to use it beyond a basic list, and the true power of Excel shines through, from the graphical elements to the statistical analysis. Unlike other Office tools, Excel is weak for reviews and [shows] redlines from reviewers. There are many functions to Excel, likely more than one can imagine, which you can glimpse at via any of the many training videos available online.
Score 10 out of 10
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We use [Microsoft] Excel for a wide variety of spreadsheet applications in accounting, finance, and tax. We use it for corporate consolidation, modeling and forecasting, analysis, and as an easy way to format figures for reporting. We also use it as a template for various forms like vouchers, expense reports, capital requests. We use it for less complex database applications, some statistical analysis, some graphics, and some data validation uses. In short, [there are] a very wide variety of solutions.
  • Ease of use
  • Wide range of capabilities and functions
  • Helpful autocomplete functions
  • Helpful formula auditing tools
  • [The] cloud version sometimes hangs up for unknown reasons.
  • "Look and feel" occasionally changed by updates.
  • Capabilities can be overwhelming.
[Microsoft] Excel is great for quick spreadsheet application development, especially for a single user. Great for combining data and graphic presentations, modeling, forecasting and analysis. As with any spreadsheet program, it can be difficult to pick up a complex application from another developer, and it [Microsoft Excel] does not have the level of accounting control in a formal accounting system.
Score 9 out of 10
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We use MS Excel for data tracking and organization. We collect data on workshop enrollment, participation, feedback, ratings, and more. It helps us stay organized and to easily find and sort data.
  • Sort data
  • Easy to view
  • create charts
  • Organize data
  • Very pleased and I find it to be user friendly
Great for organizing and sorting data. Can also be used to create attractive charts. The formulas and other functions are useful and user friendly.
Score 10 out of 10
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Microsoft Excel is used across our whole organization from the very foundation. This software is used for the following purpose:
1. Database Management
2. Data Analysis and interactive Graphical Representation
3. Easy formula and effective pivot table usage
4. Protecting the confidential data through password encryption.
5. Successfully addresses the business analysis related issues.
  • Database management
  • Data Analysis
  • Interactive Graphical Representation
  • Effective formula and interactive graphical representation.
  • Easy PIVOT Chart
  • The software can introduce with some demonstration of the basic formulas for the new users.
Microsoft Excel is well suited to all kinds of business and any other organization in the world. It's a global software now. This software enables the users to analyze the business data and make proper business decision. It saves lot of time and expenses through making the business paperless and digital. It helps the organization to be on top of the strategy formulation through proper analysis of the business information and data.
Score 9 out of 10
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Microsoft Excel is being used as a repository for self-service dashboards, housing of data from multiple sources, creating a presentation layer with pivot tables for further analysis and Analysis for Office to aggregate views. Excel is being used to understand trends in the data and utilized across from IT to Finance, and solves issues around capital budgeting, financial modeling, reporting, and insights.
  • Dashboards
  • Insights
  • Automation
  • Harder to create dashboards with limited options.
  • Row limit functionality for data processing requiring multiple tabs.
  • API development.
Microsoft Excel is great for row and column manipulation like Vlookup, Index and Match, along with pivot tables, hiding of tables, and creating automation in VBA for data aggregation. Excel is less suited when it comes for powerful visualization needs since sometimes the graphs can be hard to process in Excel than another alternative.
Score 10 out of 10
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Excel is used by nearly everyone in my industry because it is an extremely useful data gathering tool. It is used for everything from planning, logistics, inventory, estimation, to even used just as a calculator. It's extremely useful for seeing why people made the decisions they did, because I can look back at one of their spreadsheets used for a project and it usually outlines what math they used to come to a certain solution. Since I bounce between numerous projects at once, it's easy to forget why I had made a decision I made a month ago. I use Excel to do a lot of my pricing because I can then see where I pulled my numbers and why I went with the price I used. And in terms of logistics, I can chart my next year of work on a project so that I can plan the distribution of work accordingly between projects.
  • Calculation
  • Organization
  • Data Gathering
  • Data Filtering
  • Layout of equation panel
  • Graphing tool setup
  • Data plotting
  • Copy and pasting
If you're running a business, it's essential to use Excel. It outlines planning better than any other program I've come across. It's well suited to manage inventory, track information, and even filter and graph that information in a more logical way. The areas it's not as well suited for are long-worded documents and pages with lots of design work. The main issue I have with the program is the setup of graphing and data plotting. Choosing a data set and what goes on the x-y axes is confusing and takes too much finessing to get things right. The graphs need to be much more customizable as well in their simple graph settings so that the user can set any kind of major and minor gridlines they need for their presentation.
Score 10 out of 10
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Excel can be [used] in management analysis related corporate necessities, it is a very popular solution, we can use to optimize the ERP data, we can extract reports from the local system, and manage as Pivot Tables, KPI's, etc, directly in Excel. The end-user has the power to create analysis by yourself without needing to request IT and this saves time.
  • Formulas - Has a long list of options
  • VBA - it's a great way to automation
  • Data Source - incredible to work with bigdatas
  • Could have the "google.translate" formula as Google Sheets
  • Possibility to choose the numbers of columns and rows by Worksheet
  • More functions in worksheets open into browsers
It is perfect to [analyze], create dashboards to present in corporate meetings, use to project scenarios, and to forecast financial figures. It has a huge list of options of formatting, and graphics, so it is perfect for financial presentation. It is not a solution to create and maintenance big data, for this prefers ERP's
October 28, 2021

Great for Presentations!

Score 10 out of 10
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It solves the business problem of being able to make quick calculations on data and present that data in slide shows to management. As well, we can use the Excel tabs to show the differences in the data from month to month. We especially like that most other people have Excel so we can share the files outside of the organization (when applicable).
  • Sum Columns
  • Make pretty spreadsheets
  • Import Data
  • When running the Excel spreadsheet from SharePoint, I prefer to hit Save rather than to have the app auto-save for me.
  • The version on my iPad is less intuitive (less functional?) than the version on my desktop - I haven't checked if macros work on my iPad spreadsheets
  • I would like to put a mix of data types on one cell: text plus a link. HOwever, if I do that, it always treats the whole cell like a link.
Whenever I give a presentation that involves any type of categorization, I always use Excel. I have attempted to use Word Charts or even Google Sheets, but in all cases, Excel is quicker and faster and more intuitive. I love the quick color choices at the top so I can make my presentation look "nice" almost immediately.
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