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Chapter 1. A Quick Tour of Office > Crunching Numbers with Excel

Crunching Numbers with Excel

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet application. You mainly use Excel to keep track of and analyze numeric information such as grades, sales figures, budgets, bills to pay, and so on. However, you can also use Excel to store and sort other types of information.

Working with Numbers and Formulas

The thing you’ll most often do with Excel is enter numbers and then use formulas to analyze those numbers. A very simple example is adding a column of numbers to determine the total value of some office assets, as shown in Figure 1.15.


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