What is a Spreadsheet?
A spreadsheet (or spreadsheet program) is
software that permits numerical data to be used and to perform
automatic calculations on numbers contained in a table. It is also
possible to automate complex calculations by using a large number of
parameters and by creating tables called worksheets.
In addition, spreadsheets can also easily produce graphic representations of the data entered:
- sector charts
Therefore, the spreadsheet is a multi-use tool that works as well for
secretarial activities that involve organizing large quantities of
data, as at the strategic and decisional level by creating graphical
representation of synthesised information.
The Main Spreadsheets
Numerous spreadsheets have been produced by the main software companies. The main spreadsheets are:
- Microsoft Excel, in the Microsoft Office office suite
- Sun StarOffice Calc, in the StarOffice suite
- OpenCalc, in the OpenOffice suite
- IBM/Lotus 1-2-3 in the SmartSuite suite
- Corel Quattro Pro in the WordPerfect suite
- KSpread in the KOffice free suite from Linux
Examples in the following articles are based on the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, but the other spreadsheets contain the same functionalities.
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