Microsoft Excel 2013

Classic Microsoft Office program that allows users to create and edit spreadsheets

6.2

1634 Votes

  • Category Office Suites
  • License Trial version
  • Version 15.0.4805.1003
  • Works under Windows 8 / Windows 7
  • Language English
  • Program by Microsoft

Excel 2013 is a powerful spreadsheet program designed for professional use across a range of industries. The program is part of the larger Microsoft Office package. That means it is easy to import and export data between other Microsoft programs such as Word or PowerPoint. Excel 2013 allows you to enter rows and columns of data on a large grid. You can record nearly any type of data from numbers to text strings and images. You can arrange the data in nearly any format and color. The spreadsheet can be used to track lists or to generate complicated reports.

The real power of comes from the ability to dynamically analyze, change or calculate data in a spreadsheet. Users are able to create very complicated equations within the program. Those equations can do things such as sort lists, add numbers together and perform basic logical functions. The equations can be applied to a single cell, an entire row or the whole spreadsheet depending on the needs of the user. Multiple equations can be stacked in order to do sophisticated accounting or scientific tasks. There are very few limits to what can be done with the equations in Excel 2013.

Another incredibly useful feature in Excel 2013 is the ability to generate a wide range of reports from the data in the spreadsheet. There are dozens of different report options from creating a pivot table to making a simple pie chart. You are able to define exactly what data to use in the report and how to arrange it. You can customize nearly every part of a report to meet your needs. You could even potentially generate a full report by hand instead of relying on the automated wizard in the program.

Excel 2013 introduced a new feature known as flash fill. This feature attempts to intelligently sort data in a way that makes sense to people. You can import or paste in a large amount of unsorted data. Excel will go through looking for patterns or similarities between various data fields. It will then sort the data into rows and columns. This feature can make organizing data from many different disparate programs simpler and faster. The flash fill feature does not always work correctly although it can really save a large amount of time when it does.

The basic interface for Excel 2013 has been upgraded from previous versions to be easier to use. The often complicated menu bars at the top of the application have been replaced with a ribbon. The ribbon allows you to see all of the functions available grouped by various categories. The visual representation of the different functions makes it much easier to identify what you are looking for instead of having to sort through endless nested menus. This can actually improve productivity.

One drawback of Excel 2013 is that it can be very intimidating to anyone who is just learning to use the program. The sheer number of specialized features and options can be overwhelming at first. That sometimes drives people away from learning how to use all of the functions within the spreadsheet. Excel 2013 is widely recognized as the best spreadsheet application available today. It is commonly used in businesses of all sizes to do anything from creating invoices to managing employee schedules.

Pros

  • Incredibly powerful feature set
  • Full integration with Microsoft Office applications
  • Automated wizards to make performing tasks easier

Cons

  • Can be complicated to use
  • Some options and features are confusing
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