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My new PC came with Office 2007 as standard and ever since I have started using it, it has sped up everything I used to do in previous versions.
Excel - this program is used for creating spreadsheets, timetables, doing sums and ordering data. It has many new features compared to its previous versions and I will just run through some of the ones I have found most useful in this review.
*Firstly, Microsoft has introduced a new ribbon along the top of all of its Office applications giving you access to many features which would usually be hidden away in menus. Its very aesthetically pleasing and makes working at the PC a whole lot more enjoyable.
*One of my favourite features with Excel is your ability to create customized rules in order to format cells. For example, if you have a spreadsheet full of numbers showing profits and losses. You can select the whole document and create a rule saying for example; "all of the negative numbers (losses) will be highlighted red" and "all of the profits in green". With a click of a button this is now done. You can also have every number between the highest and lowest corresponding to a colour scale from red through orange to green.
*Another new feature is the brand new charts you can create. The pie charts, histograms and many more are far better looking than previous versions making you work look appealing and modern. Also within the ribbon you can simply select a theme/style for the whole of your document to look like; titles will become bold with borders and colours will be added to your with hassle free.
*With the new sorting features there are so many possibilities to order your work by date, time, size or all 3 of them. What makes things even better is that it is so simple to do.
*Unlike before, where I have found that I could never get my Excel Document to print onto just one piece of paper, now its ever so easy to set up printing margins. You can ensure that when you do print out your 4 page document you don't end up with it sprawled across 6 pages.
*I myself have used it a lot for maths calculations and it has worked a charm. Its so easy to create one cell with a formula in and then using the ability to drag it downwards, do hundreds or even thousands of calculations in one go. It even has an extended formula bar so you can now see everything you are typing in whereas before you would lose half of it.
Finally I would just like to say anyone who is interested in getting any new Office software you may want to wait until the summer of 2010 when hopefully Office 2010 will be available. Also, make sure that where you work or on your other computers you have compatible versions as some features in 2007 will not work with previous versions.
Thank you for reading.
Microsoft Excel is software developed by microsoft for use in the home, office or for personal use. It's main use is that of drawing tables but can be used for graphs and other uses.
Being a student, I have to create a lot of tables and graphs using excel and find the software on the whole easy to use. However I do think that it has become more complex since earlier models and do not think the interface is as user friendly. I have often had to ask for help with using the software but once you get to know it, it gets easier to use.
Excel, as mentioned before can be used for graphs and tables. It has some nifty features and can perform mathematical equations which can be incorperated into your tables. Graphs appear neat but again, modifying them took me a while to figure out. Excel does have a compatibility mode which enables you to save your work in 97-2003 format, which is handy if you need to share your work with other users or computers with an older version of excel.
Excel, like most microsoft software applications, can be and is very expensive. It can cost well over £100 which is pretty heafty. The best thing to do would be to buy it as an office package, which includes word, excel and powerpoint. As a student you can get a pretty good deal, I got all of them for around £60. Or I think it's around £100-150 if you are buying it online. But overall a handy piece of software if you are a student or office worker
I found myself in the course of last year upgrading to Microsoft Excel 2007 from the old 2003 version. I was really glad I did make the upgrade in the end because there really is a big improvement. It is available for XP and Vista and I have found the overall performance of the software to be very good. It is very quick to start-up and when loading documents etc it is also very quick.
The installation I found to be very easy and it doesn't take very long at all which is always beneficial. The first major improvement that I noticed was that the layout and general interface was significantly better. Unlike in previous versions of Excel all of the tools are now featured in 'Tabs' rather like in internet explorer. I found it much easier to navigate within the software and I generally found the tools I wanted a lot easier to find. The overall look and feel of the software is far better than previous versions and far more responsive.
I also really liked how there is a whole new collection of pie charts and bar charts etc that you can use which look far more stylish and appealing in general. There is also a feature where you can export/save the file as a 2003 Excel file which is very useful because I have found that there are many people who could not open the newer 2007 file type. Overall I have found this to be well worth the upgrade and I really would recommend buying the 2007 office upgrade to your 2003 edition.
I really have felt that the improvement in the layout has made a big differnece to my overall work efficiency. It is more responsive than ever and being easy to install and being able to export it files as a 2003 file means that there really is no reason not to upgrade. I hope this was useful to you and thank you very much for reading this!
The frequency with which Microsoft issue new versions of software always made me wary of the updating my home PC: call me a traditionalist if you like, but I prefer familiarity to novelty, and this is certainly the case with the new version of Excel. Microsoft have made some significant changes to the menu tabs at the stop of the screen which confused me somewhat to start with; why change these when the new tabs don't add that much to the funtionality of the product? The old drop down approach has been eschewed in favour of a kind of lateral scroll technique (no doubt there is a technical term for this!) which I found rather disconcerting.
That said, after playing around with the product for a while, I did find some of the new features quite useful. The icons are more attractive and representative of a particular function, and do make it easier to locate functions that were 'hidden' previously.