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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 Microsoft 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 learn to use Excel?

  • Training for this software is available at the University of Southern Indiana by enrolling in CIS151.
  • Follow this link for quick start Guide to Excel here.

How do I download Excel on my computer or mobile device?

See instructions on Software.

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