Microsoft Excel

Spreadsheet software for formatting and analysis.

About Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is a software program, developed by Microsoft and sold as part of the Microsoft 365 suite. It features calculation, graphing tools, pivot tables, and a macro programming language called Visual Basic for Applications.

Features of the Microsoft Excel application include user friendly formatting options that make formatting numbers and data easier, pattern matching and value lists that save time when typing in information by using an interface similar to filling in a form, and custom number formats that allow users to add leading zeroes or change number separators.


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Overall rating

4.8 /5
(18,885)
Value for Money
4.6/5
Features
4.7/5
Ease of Use
4.3/5
Customer Support
4.3/5

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Ngha
Ngha
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

The best spreadsheet application in existence

Reviewed on 11/10/2022

Excel offers spreadsheet fans of any level a tremendous lot of enjoyment, but it has given us more...

Excel offers spreadsheet fans of any level a tremendous lot of enjoyment, but it has given us more than we can chew at this point in time. You are need to go through extensive training in order to use all of its capabilities. Excel is similar to my handback. I take it with me wherever I go. Nowadays, the solution to any question may be found in a spreadsheet. I've progressed from simple addition and subtraction formulae to developing Macros, executing queries with Power Query, Pivot tables, and much more in Excel. Excel is an essential tool in my job as an accountant and data analyst. Despite having used this for many years, there is still so much to learn, and I am always discovering new recipes on YouTube and forums. What you can accomplish with Excel is limitless.

Pros

Power query, Power Pivot, Pivot tables, and pivot charts have been my favorite tools in excel. Macros and the all new LAMBA functions are spicing up my everyday experience with excel. There are a lot of things to love about excel if you take some time to learn it. Array formulas have been scary in excel, but In excel 2021, they implemented spilled arrays which has made the fun more enjoyable. I just love excel.

Cons

There is limitation on the amount of data a spreadsheet can hold. Excel is limited to about a million rows. If you are not familiar with cube formulas or pivot tables, it will be difficult to go above this limitation.

Alternatives Considered

Google Sheets

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Excel

Excel is fully available offline, every office, every computer, everyone uses excel, excel is everywhere. Resources to learn excel are easily and readily accessible at little to no cost.
Madhura
Madhura
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  • Industry: Accounting
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Best Product Ever

Reviewed on 26/10/2021

Excel is my bread and butter. From simple addition-subtraction formulas, I have grown to creating...

Excel is my bread and butter. From simple addition-subtraction formulas, I have grown to creating Macros, Pivots in Excel. Excel is an integral part of my life as an accountant. I use it to manage accounts of a very small business firm instead of an ERP. Despite of using this for so many years, there is so much to learn and I keep finding new formulas on Tiktok or Instagram daily.

Pros

Being an accountant, this is the first software in office I learnt to use. I have been using this for more than 13 years now. I love the formulas so much, they make our lives easier and makes using this software so much quicker. Best software for reporting numbers in tabular form and shows accurate details of figures. The entire application can be run on a keyboard if you know the formulas.

Cons

There are too many formulas to remember, not a con exactly but it can be frustrating when you don't remember/find formula for the work you want to do. Difficult to work on excel with another colleague as it is offline and if I save it as sheets the format changes. If the offline file is corrupted, there is no way to recover it.

Alternatives Considered

Google Sheets

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Excel

It is faster and I am used to working with formulas in excel.
Rabbi Selilah
Rabbi Selilah
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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I would rather use Numbers for anything and everything.

Reviewed on 21/4/2020

I have been in educational leadership for over 25 years. For all of that time I have had to run...

I have been in educational leadership for over 25 years. For all of that time I have had to run budgets, strategize enrollment projections and much, much more. For the vast majority of that time I had to utilize Excel. It was the go to vehicle for each and everyone of my treasures and book keepers to keep track of our financials. Even when I was setting up documentation on my own, I always turned to excel. However, as an educator with no accounting training I always had to turn to an expert to set up my formulas and interwoven sheets. I knew what I needed them to do, knew that Excel could function that way, but making that happen was well beyond me. It was always very frustrating. After many years I founded my own program and suddenly had no one else to turn to to arrange my tracking systems. I was stuck. I had to figure it out. Or did I? Because I am a Mac user and as I was struggling to set my Excel sheets up, I suddenly and excitedly stumbled upon Numbers. I must say, while Excel can do whatever you want it to, Numbers can do it better, with more intuitive functions. I imagine for an accountant there may be more to this picture, but for a lay user who depends of ease of use, clarity of function and ultimate success, I am happy to leave Excel in my tool bar while I create my budgets, rosters, calendars and more on Numbers.

Pros

For decades Excel was the only way to go. Its ability to utilize formulas to create the documentation we needed was invaluable.

Cons

It is clunky and hard to intuit for novice users. I have always had to impose upon other users to set my sheets up to do what I wanted to do.

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Numbers
Sheen
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  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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Best tool for productivity & spreadsheets

Reviewed on 8/1/2024

Pros

Since the product has been in the market for decades now, it has become advanced to capture all the needs of a user. It is by far the most frequently used tool in any organization. I like the possibility of easily transforming data into graphs and being able to use multiple formulas. There are some unique formulas too, such as the GoogleTranslate formula that quickly converts text into the desired language.

Cons

Sometimes it is really hard to filter information if you're dealing with a huge amount of data. For example, if I filter a column by colour, then I cannot use data validation on top of the existing filter.

Tacho
Tacho
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  • Industry: Education Management
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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For me, Excel is a great tool that I would not replace for any additional software

Reviewed on 1/9/2021

I use Excel for more than 15 years. When I started to use it I was a sales representative and I...

I use Excel for more than 15 years. When I started to use it I was a sales representative and I tracked all my sales. After that, I started to use it in my daily work as a driving instructor for making a schedule for my students. I also use it for tracking my personal and company finance and making a budget.

Pros

Excel is an excellent tool, with virtually unlimited possibilities. From generating various reports, creating good-looking columns, and keeping a database. It is a tool that is an indispensable assistant to anyone involved in sales, marketing, finance, and accounting. Excel gives you unlimited possibilities to adjust it so that it works entirely in your favor and to be tailored to your individual needs.

Cons

In fact, its biggest advantage is its biggest disadvantage. The fact that there are thousands of opportunities makes it a little difficult to work for people who have no experience. What could be improved is to add more integration capabilities to external software.

Alternatives Considered

Google Sheets

Reasons for Switching to Microsoft Excel

I was trying Google Sheets for a while, but definitely, Excel is a winner in this battle. With unlimited possibilities, Excel is my favourite software - both for work and personal use.
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Microsoft Excel FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Microsoft Excel.

Microsoft Excel offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$6.00/month
  • Pricing model: Free Version, Subscription
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Microsoft Excel is available as part of Microsoft 365 subscriptions. Office 365 Personal: $6.99/month or $69.99/year Office 365 Home: $9.99/month or $99.99/year Office Home & Student 2019: $149.99 one-time Office 365 Business: $8.25/user/month (annual commitment required) Office 365 Business Premium: $12.50/user/month (annual commitment required) Office 365 Business Essentials: $5/month (annual commitment required) Users can also access the web-based version of Microsoft Excel through the free OneDrive Basic 5GB, and the $1.99/month OneDrive 100GB subscription plans.

Microsoft Excel has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

Microsoft Excel supports the following languages:

Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian

Microsoft Excel supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Microsoft Excel integrates with the following applications:

123FormBuilder, ActiveCampaign, Acuity Scheduling, Airtable, Alchemer, Any.do, Asana, Basecamp, CRM Analytics, Cascade Strategy, ClickFunnels, ClickUp, Clio, Constant Contact, Discord, Dropbox Business, Eventbrite, Evernote Teams, FastField, Firebase, Formidable Forms, Formsite, Formstack Documents, Freshdesk, GoCanvas, GoToWebinar, Google Contacts, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Forms, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Gravity Forms, HubSpot CRM, InstaPage, Instagram, Jira, Jotform, Kajabi, Knack, Landingi, LinkedIn for Business, Mailchimp, ManyChat, Microsoft 365, Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft To Do, Miro, MySQL, Ninja Forms, Notion, OneDrive, Paperform, Parserr, PayPal, Pipedrive, Pipefy, Podio, QuickBooks, RingCentral Contact Center, Shopify, Slack, Smartsheet, Squarespace, Stripe, SurveyMonkey, Todoist, Trello, Twilio, Twitter/X, Typeform, Unbounce, Venngage, WPForms, Wave, Webflow, Wix, WooCommerce, WordPress, Wufoo, Xero, Zapier, Zendesk Suite, Zoho Forms, Zoom, mailparser.io, monday.com

Microsoft Excel offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support

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