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Microsoft Excel

What is Excel?

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program distributed by Microsoft. Spreadsheets present tables of values arranged in rows and columns that can be manipulated.  Columns can easily be totaled and sorted, making this tool very useful for business and everyday needs.


Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Rent 300 300 300 300 300
Water 40 33 22 43 33
Electricity 60 65 52 54 87
Auto Loan 350 350 350 350 350
Total 750 748 724 747


class Term Grade Hrs Att Hrs earn
HUM211 09Fall A 3 3
ENG101 11Spr C 3 3
PSY330 3
CIS151 10Sum A 3 3
Total 12 9

What is the purpose of Excel?

Microsoft Excel can be used to keep track of data in a simplified database.  Excel is designed to perform basic and complex mathematical computations and functions. In addition to performing arithmetic operations, Excel allows users to sort information and it assists in identifying data trends. Excel has the ability to graph (bar, pie and line chart) data from the spreadsheet. Experience with Microsoft Excel is useful for math, science, and business courses.

How do I download Excel on my device?

Microsoft Excel is part of Microsoft 365 suite. See instructions on how to download the suite on your laptop/computer here and your phone here.

To learn more about Excel, follow this link for videos. Also, training for this software is available at the University of Southern Indiana by enrolling in CIS151.

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