Microsoft Excel

2016 16.0.9226.2114

Microsoft Excel is the spreadsheet tool belonging to the Office suite with which you can work comfortably with tables, charts and macros from your PC

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Within the Microsoft Office suite, Word and Excel are surely the two most popular applications among users. If the first of them is the text editor and processor par excellence, the second one of them is undoubtedly the most used spreadsheet program in the world, both in domestic and professional fields.

With Microsoft Excel installed on your PC, you'll be able to work with different sheets and tables and all sorts of numerical and alphanumerical data, as well as creating charts and inserting formulas, which turns out to be very useful for any kind of financial, statistical or engineering task. Its integration with Visual Basic for Applications also makes it very useful for anyone that wants to code small forms or applications with GUIs. And of course, its functions to organize and filter cells make it perfect to search for and compare different data.

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Taking into account all the latter, nobody should be surprised that over the years it has become a standard, replacing other applications of the same nature, such as Lotus 1-2-3 or VisiCalc. That's why any computer equipped with Windows must have a version of Excel installed. Or if no the solution offered by Microsoft, at least an alternative found in other office suites, like Calc in LibreOffice or OpenOffice.

Main features

  • Spreadsheet editor native to Microsoft Office.
  • Create customized spreadsheets or import data from databases or other documents.
  • Insert tables with numerical and alphanumerical values and apply formulas and maths equations to carry out calculations.
  • Filter the values of the tables following different criteria and sort them however you want.
  • Generate all kinds of charts to represent the values of the cells graphically: column, bar, dispersion, area, line or circle graphics.
  • Code macros to automate tasks that you carry out repeatedly.
  • Work collaboratively with several users editing the same file at once.
  • Access all your spreadsheets from any device thanks to its synchronization with OneDrive.
  • Compatible with plenty of different formats including .xls, .xml and .csv.

What does the 2016 version offer us that previous editions didn't?

This version of Excel 2016 comes along to replace the edition included within the Office 2013 suite. Regarding this version, we can list the following updates:

  • Up to 6 new types of charts that allow you to improve how you visually represent different data.
  • Power Query function to carry out much more accurate and smarter queries within your spreadsheets.
  • Improved collaborative work: possibility to share with just one click and see who's editing the document at any moment.
  • New graphical interface design optimized for both keyboards and mouse devices, as well as touchscreens.
  • Pencil notes to write down quick comments or even insert mathematical equations manually.

Requirements and additional information:
  • Minimum operating system requirements: Windows 7.
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Excel Portable: can it be downloaded?

Despite what many users think, there’s no such thing as Excel Portable, in other words, there’s no official portable version of Microsoft’s spreadsheet software that’s included within the Office suite. Unlike what many people think, Microsoft has never released a reduced version of this program although you might have seen announcements about the download of this product. Don’t be fooled, on the majority of occasions they are simply fake apps, frauds or pirated versions. In this last case that’s because there are users with enough skills to trim down EXEs to make them run as portable software thanks to programs of the likes of ThinApp or VMWare or any other app specialized in the creation of EXE files. But this is obviously a pirate procedure as it involves infringing the terms and conditions of use imposed by Microsoft.


What is Excel and what's it for?

Excel is a program that belongs to the Microsoft Office suite, a software to work with spreadsheets that is mainly used for math and financial tasks. It allows the user to create tables that include math calculations solved by means of math operators or automatically by means of formulas that are called functions and that can be configured manually. Furthermore, it also allows us to view the data graphically by means of different types of representations such as charts, for instance. The purpose of the latter can be different depending on our needs and the possibilities offered by this software are very broad. We can use it to carry out simple additions or even integrals, as well as the creation of graphics, the generation of reports or the organization of non-numeric information.


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