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5. Microsoft Office > 5.3. Excel

Excel

Spreadsheet programs make it easy for anyone—even the number-phobic—to create everything from simple budgets to sophisticated financial analyses. This section explains how to get the most out of the most popular spreadsheet program on the planet: Microsoft Excel.

Automatically Importing Data from the Web

The Internet, as you know, is chock-full of astounding amounts of data—stock prices, population figures, environmental statistics, and more. But if you need to work with these numbers on a regular basis, the thought of cutting and pasting them into your own document may be enough to cause spasms in your mousing arm.

Fortunately, you can import data from the Internet directly into Excel. In fact, you can even tell Excel to update certain data automatically—sort of like having a personal statistician at your beck and call.


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