Aug 28,2020      BY   Sharafudhin Mangalad

6 Interesting Facts about Advanced Excel

Did you know Microsoft considered other names for Excel, like ‘Mr Spreadsheet’ and ‘Master Plan’ before deciding on ‘Excel’?  This name was chosen specifically because Microsoft wanted to suggest that its program excelled over previous spreadsheet programs.

Have you written on your resumes that you are an expert in Excel? Excel has advanced today, and it has many more features apart from adding and subtracting rows that we use every day. Excel sheets have become a very important part of many job roles. 

If you know Excel and are not sure about its advanced features, it's time to update. How well do you really know how to use it? We now require a bit more Excel knowledge than what we learned in grade school to manage data in our profession.

So here are 6 interesting facts that you should know about advanced Excel.

1. Prepare magnificent charts

Excel can help you not only to make organised data but also to prepare magnificent and informative charts. We are familiar with preparing a lot of grids in an excel sheet. By using advanced excel formulas and functions, impressive charts can be created.

How do the charts help us to interpret?

The pie charts, clustered columns and graphs make it easier to analyze and interpret information in little time. Excel is a versatile and flexible tool for making business reports and proper marketing material. Charts are a visual presentation for better understandability and interpretation. We can illustrate our workbook data graphically. After all, creating charts is easy and effortless. 

2. Visually allows conditional formatting

If you are not interested in learning Excel but have to learn for a purpose, get to know conditional formatting features that you will enjoy. The options for adding colours, shades, italics, bold are easy and fun.  They help to differentiate the rows and columns to find data fast and saves a lot of time. The colour difference you make will be more easily interpretable and understandable for those who view it. A vast range of data pools can easily be found out if colour schemes are used. The formatting tab allows you to input a colouring scheme. Conditional formatting takes your Excel sheet to the next level.

Apart from making your spreadsheet look cool, it also enables to spot important cues in the blink of an eye. Few features among many that you can use includes: 

  1.  Highlight cells-  you can Highlight cells that contain text and bottom items
  2.  Edit a conditional formatting rule or Delete a conditional formatting rule
  3.  Use data bars as a visual guide
  4. Manage a hierarchy of conditional formatting rules
  5. Based on the value of a cell you can highlight columns

3. Trend Recognition

Seeing the trends and predicting the next makes a huge Statistical impact in a business. The average line in Excel helps as an analyzer to understand the key trend in the data pool. The forecast or the average lines can help to build new strategies that will take the business into a new development level.

4. Handle any data

Do you know that advanced excel can handle almost any type of data?

Be it spreadsheets, documents or images, you can easily input it in the spreadsheet. Moreover, when so much data is brought together, the access is easier too. Importing any sort of data is easy in Excel. However, the cloud feature of Excel has made it advance, allowing access from multiple devices.

5. Advanced functions

Excel has developed to provide advanced functions and formulas. Still, many people use the old version of excel spreadsheet. There are functions and formulas that can be used for complex calculations. 

A large pool of data can be easily designed using the advanced excel formula like logical (IF, AND, OR), data (VLookup, HLookup) and text (Concatenate, Mid) functions and many more. You can access online tutorials for better understanding. Microsoft Excel Course in Abu Dhabi covers the basic to intermediate level of Microsoft Excel which can give you better knowledge. 

6. Integrate Excel with other tools 

Advanced Excel is a flexible programme. You can combine Excel to other applications like MS Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, SQL Server, Power BI or Web. This can create amazing results as Excel workbooks will be fast and bug-free.

Let’s Wrap up

Learning advanced Excel will always be a benefit for you. Be it for your job or personal purpose, an excel can sort and organise data way more wonderful than before.  Why wait? Stop using the older versions and explore the new tools in Advanced Excel.

Sharafudhin Mangalad

Sharafudhin Mangalad is the managing director of a chain of educational institutions in the UAE. With more than 10 years of experience in the education industry, he successfully runs Edoxi Training Institute in Dubai and Time Training Center Abu Dhabi.

He is a strategist and a leader able to steer the company to the most profitable direction while also implementing its vision, mission and long term goals. He always makes sure that his business continues to grow by identifying, developing and implementing the new strategies. He leads his team in alignment with the company's vision and values while preparing and implementing comprehensive business plans to facilitate achievement.

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