Microsoft 365 Spotlight Series: Microsoft Excel Streamlines Spreadsheet Creation

A smartphone screen with Microsoft Office app icons, including OneDrive, OneNote, Excel, Word and more.If you have an office job, odds are good you rely on spreadsheets in one way or another to convey information, compile reports and otherwise complete your professional duties. The Microsoft 365 suite (formerly Office 365) helps drive productivity with an intelligent spreadsheet application: Excel.

Before we dive into the details of how Microsoft Excel can increase efficiency, here are the other applications we’ve already covered in our Microsoft 365 Spotlight blog series. Feel free to read these entries as well to learn about the whole suite:

In this installment, we’ll cover how Excel can streamline your workday by making it easy to organize and analyze data. Whether or not you already leverage the Microsoft 365 suite to empower remote workers and optimize business operations, here’s some essential information you should know about this well-known app.

Microsoft Excel Overview

As the world becomes increasingly digital, we have access to more data than ever before. That means businesses can now gain unprecedented insight into performance, as long as they have reliable ways to harvest, organize and analyze relevant information. For years, Microsoft Excel has maintained its status as one of the top tools for business leaders and workers looking to make sense of large amounts of information, according to the Harvard Business Review article “10 Excel Functions Everyone Should Know.”

It leverages intelligent software to learn patterns, in addition to advanced formulas and templates to streamline spreadsheet creation. Additionally, Excel facilitates collaboration by allowing you to share workbooks with others. Overall, it’s an extremely valuable tool for all kinds of organizations.

5 Notable Excel Features You Should Know About

In addition to the capabilities already described in this blog entry, Excel offers various features that enhance your ability to organize, analyze and present datasets. Here are just a few notable aspects of the app:

1. Smart Lookup: This allows you to do research online without leaving the app.

2. Charts: Under “Insert” in the ribbon at the top of the app, you’ll find the option to create various types of charts to display your data – including not only bar and pie charts but also scatter, funnel, treemap, and box and whisker charts, among others.

3.  Macros: These automate tasks that you perform repeatedly in Excel. To create a macro, you record a set of actions (clicks and keystrokes). For details on how to do this, please visit the Support section of Microsoft’s website.

4. Forecasts: If you’ve recorded historical data, you can use Excel to generate a forecast including predicted future values. The Support section of Microsoft’s website contains detailed instructions describing how to accomplish this.

5. Real-time collaboration: You can work on spreadsheets simultaneously with your colleagues by using Excel on

Overall, no matter what industry you’re in, Excel can enhance your ability to track and make sense of data relevant to your business operations, helping you improve performance and promote productivity. If you’d like to learn more about Microsoft Excel or any other Microsoft 365 apps, our techs have extensive experience working with the suite and would be happy to assist you. Just give us a call at 877-599-3999 or email

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