However, spreadsheets have grown from simple grids to powerful tools, functioning like databases or apps that perform numerous calculations on a single sheet. You can use a spreadsheet to determine your mortgage payments over time, or to help calculate the depreciation of assets and how it will affect your businesss taxes. You can also combine data between several sheets, and visualize it in color_coded tables for an at_a_glance understanding. With all the new functionality, using a spreadsheet program can be intimidating for new users.
Table builds a simple table that includes any number of columns you select. Rather than placing the table elsewhere on the worksheet, it turns the data into a table on the spot, and applies customizable color formatting.
E. Numbers_based Format Settings: A drop_down menu has options for number formatting. For example, currency places everything you select into “Ũᇸ” format, and percent turns Ǒ or ½ into “50%”, date options. These are the basic format options, but you can select More Number Formats from the drop_down menu to get more specialty use cases (different countries currencies, or adding the “(xxx)xxx_xxxx” formatting to phone number sequences). Often, you may use these tools on entire columns to make all data in one category behave the same way.
One powerful Excel feature is Macro, little scripts and recordings you can create to make the program perform different actions automatically. While no other spreadsheet program has this type of feature, it is complex and can pose difficulty for beginners.