What is Excel

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet application that allows users to store, edit and manipulate data within a group of table-like structures known as a workbook. A workbook uses a collection of worksheets to organize data within a system or row and columns split into cells. Users can enter data or numbers into these cells to create easy to ways to calculate simple or complex formulas. Users can insert objects such as charts and graphs into their workbook to graphically represent their entered data in many unique ways.

 

Who Created Excel 

Microsoft Excel was created by the Microsoft Corporation in 1984. It was designed to create a more efficient user friendly way for spreadsheet users to calculate data without the worry of having to deal with the DOS command line. It was originally created for use with Apple computers. When Microsoft Windows was first launched in 1987, Microsoft Excel was one of the first programs created for Microsoft Windows. Until 1992 it was the only windows based spreadsheet application.

 

Versions

Microsoft Excel created several different versions for three different operating systems. Microsoft Windows has had 11 different versions from 1987 until now. Apple Macintosh has had 12 different versions from 1985 until now. The OS/2 operating system had 3 different versions from 1989 to 1991.

 

Features 

Microsoft Excel has created many features for Excel users to take advantage since the program was first created. Features such as formulas, charts, graphs, sorting and filtering have made the process of entering, manipulating and displaying data within Excel a useful tool for many different purposes. New features such as pivot tables, import and export options and visual basic for applications have made the whole process of using Excel easier and more customizable.

 

 

Tools 

Microsoft Excel has also created useful tools and menus to allow Excel users more customization within their own specific Excel applications and workbooks. The quick access toolbar was created to allow users to create a quick way to access commonly used commands. This toolbar can be customized per Excel application or specific workbook. The Ribbon was created by Excel to replace the earlier versions of Excel menus. With the ribbon came the ability for Excel users to customize the ribbon to meet their specific demands.

 

File Types 

Microsoft Excel has also created new types of ways to save workbooks and other various Excel files. With the creation of new types of save files Excel created the import and export feature that allowed Excel users to easily be able to import already created workbooks or files and export workbooks or files to be able used at later time.