16 Facts About Excel


Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet developed by Microsoft for Windows, macOS, Android and iOS.

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Microsoft Excel has the basic features of all spreadsheets, using a grid of cells arranged in numbered rows and letter-named columns to organize data manipulations like arithmetic operations.

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Windows version of Excel supports programming through Microsoft's Visual Basic for Applications, which is a dialect of Visual Basic.

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From its first version Excel supported end-user programming of macros and user-defined functions .

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All versions of Excel, including Excel 2010 are capable of running an XLM macro, though Microsoft discourages their use.

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Excel 2007 uses Office Open XML as its primary file format, an XML-based format that followed after a previous XML-based format called "XML Spreadsheet", first introduced in Excel 2002.

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XML Spreadsheet format introduced in Excel 2002 is a simple, XML based format missing some more advanced features like storage of VBA macros.

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Excel Mobile is a spreadsheet program that can edit XLSX files.

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In 2015, Excel Mobile became available for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile on Windows Store.

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Excel for the web is a free lightweight version of Microsoft Excel available as part of Office on the web, which includes web versions of Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint.

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Microsoft Excel Viewer was a freeware program for Microsoft Windows for viewing and printing spreadsheet documents created by Excel.

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Excel's implementation involves conversions between binary and decimal representations, leading to accuracy that is on average better than one would expect from simple fifteen digit precision, but that can be worse.

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Particularly in the arena of statistical functions, Excel has been criticized for sacrificing accuracy for speed of calculation.

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Accuracy and convenience of statistical tools in Excel has been criticized, as mishandling missing data, as returning incorrect values due to inept handling of round-off and large numbers, as only selectively updating calculations on a spreadsheet when some cell values are changed, and as having a limited set of statistical tools.

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Excel became the first spreadsheet to allow the user to define the appearance of spreadsheets .

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Excel introduced auto-fill, the ability to drag and expand the selection box to automatically copy a cell or row contents to adjacent cells or rows, adjusting the copies intelligently by automatically incrementing cell references or contents.

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