Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Creating charts: Create a wide variety of highly customizable charts.
Organizing lists: Use the row-and-column layout to store lists efficiently.
Text manipulation: Excel is a good tool for cleaning up and standardizing text-based data.
Accessing other data: Import data from a wide variety of sources.
Creating graphical dashboards: Summarize a large amount of business information in a concise format.
Creating graphics and diagrams: Use Shapes and SmartArt to create professional-looking diagrams.
Automating complex tasks: Perform a tedious task with a single mouse click with Excel's macro capabilit-
ies.
This book focuses on a single aspect of Excel: formulas. As you'll see, formulas play a significant role in all the
tasks listed here.
What's New in Excel 2013?
When a new version of Microsoft Office is released, sometimes Excel gets lots of new features — and some-
times it gets very few new features. In the case of Office 2013, Excel got quite a few new features, but nothing
truly earth-shattering.
Here's a quick summary of what's new in Excel 2013, relative to Excel 2010:
Cloud storage: Excel is tightly integrated with Microsoft's SkyDrive web-based storage.
Support for other devices: Excel is available for other devices, including touch-sensitive devices, such as
Windows RT tablets and Windows phones.
New aesthetics: Excel has a new “flat” look and displays an (optional) graphic in the title bar. Cursor move-
ments and chart updates are animated, making it easier to see changes. Color schemes are no longer suppor-
ted, and the Ribbon is hidden by default.
Single document interface: Excel no longer supports the option to display multiple workbooks in a single
window. Each workbook has its own top-level Excel window and Ribbon.
New types of assistance: Excel provides recommended pivot tables and recommended charts.
Fill Flash: This is a new way to extract (by example) relevant data from text strings. You can also use this
feature to combine data in multiple columns.
Support for Office Apps: You can download or purchase apps that can be embedded in a workbook file.
Pivot charts: You can create pivot charts without creating a pivot table.
New Slicer option: The Slicer feature, introduced in Excel 2010 for use with pivot tables, has been expan-
ded and now works with tables.
Timeline filtering: Similar to Slicers, a Timeline makes it easy to filter data by dates.
Quick Analysis: This feature provides single-click access to various data analysis tools.
Enhanced chart formatting: Modifying charts is significantly easier.
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