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I. Worksheet Basics > 1. Creating and Navigating Worksheets

Chapter 1. Creating and Navigating Worksheets

Excel has a long and colorful history. Microsoft released the first version of Excel for the Macintosh in 1985 and added a version for Windows two years later. By 1993, Excel had morphed into an all-purpose number-cruncher, and it quickly eclipsed competing spreadsheet programs like Lotus 1-2-3.

Although Microsoft is reluctant to admit it, most of Excel’s core features were completed six or seven years ago. So what has Microsoft been doing ever since? The answer, at least in part, is spending millions of dollars on so-called usability tests, which are aimed at figuring out how easy—or not—a program is to use. In a typical usability test, Microsoft gathers a group of spreadsheet novices, watches them fumble around with the latest version of Excel, and then tweaks the program to make it more intuitive. As a result, Excel is packed full of timesaving features—some nifty, some just quirky—like menus that hide advanced options, lists that complete themselves, animated assistants, and every imaginable type of button, toolbar, and dockab....


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