Welcome To The World of MS Excel

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Introduction to Excel

Hi There! This is the first post related to a series of tutorials of MS Excel which I will cover in this blog in future. We will have a formal introduction to Excel here.

 

We all know that spreadsheets are an indispensable part of our life and it makes our life, especially work life very easy. And you will agree with me if I claim MS Excel to be the most popular and widely used spreadsheet program around the globe. You know Bill Gates didn’t become rich for no cause.

 

MS Excel is a program which I use every day at office and almost 50% of my time at work is spent using it. It is a great tool for data analysis and reporting and also helps as a database to store limited amount of data.

 
Excel is equipped with lots of inbuilt tools and functions which has made my life much much simpler. I cannot imagine a day at work without working with Excel.
 
My aim in this blog would be to share the knowledge I have gained while working with MS Excel with you and make your life simpler too.
 
Let us proceed with the basic concepts
 

What is MS Excel?

MS Excel or Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program which is a part of the package Microsoft Office by Microsoft. Microsoft Office is a collection of tools which help on office productivity and is used at almost all the offices in the world. Popular tools in the package includes

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Outlook etc.

What is a Spreadsheet?

A spreadsheet is an electronic document that stores various types of data.  The data is arranged in a grid of vertical colums and horozontal rows. A cell is where the column and row intersect. A cell can contain data and can be used for calculations of data within the spreadsheet.

Excel Rows columns and cell

As you can see in the above image, the columns are marked with alphabets like A ,B, C and so on and the Rows are marked with numbers like 1, 2, 3 and so on. 
 
A Cell is an intersection of a column and row as highlighted in the above image.

 

A Unique Address is alloted to a Cell for reference. It is the combination of the column and row reference. For example, in the above image, the address of the highlighted cell will be “C3” as it is at a position where the column C and the row 3 intersects.

 In MS Excel 2007, there are 16384 columns and 1048576 rows by default. These many columns and rows can hold ample amount of data for daily tasks and reports. However if we need more storage then we will have to shift to a database application like MS Access etc.
  

Where can I find Microsoft Excel on my Computer?

As I have said before, for Microsoft Excel you need to have Microsoft Office installed in your system. If you don’t have Microsoft Office installed then you can get it from here.

 

After installing Microsoft Excel, you can launch MS Excel by following the steps below

  1. Click the Start Menu/ Windows Logo
  2. Click on Microsoft Office
  3. Click on Microsoft Excel

How to find MS Excel on PC

 

So today I am leaving you with just the introduction to Excel. You are free to tinker and play around with it till I see you again. 

If you have any queries then feel free to ask me in the comments below. And do not forget to subscribe to the email newsletter so that you can get a notification whenever I post a new tutorial.

 

Thanks for Reading!

 
 

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