If you have never created a spreadsheet you should not be put off by the process when using Microsoft Excel as the programme is designed to be user-friendly. The latest edition of the software boasts many features that can help you to quickly design documents, while also offering an impressive array of options for the professional user.

Many people find that when they open a MS Excel 2007's workbook they are greeted with a range of easy to navigate tabs that kick-start the process of designing their spreadsheets. Indeed, the Microsoft Office Fluent User face immediately presents tabs that feature the tools available to you.

Novice users keen on using straightforward functions to create basic tables can easily find the relevant options. For example, you can simply enter numbers into the programme and convert it into tables and charts in minutes. If you need to enter larger amounts of data in order to make many calculations you will also find that Excel fits your needs. You can take advantage of the many filters on offer that can assist you when filling in cells, whether information is in text or numerical form.

It is also easy to add and delete the number of columns and rows available should you need to. Over one million rows and 16,384 columns of information can be inputted into each worksheet and statistically analysed by the software. In addition to carrying out simple formulas, such as subtract and minus, you can also choose to programme Excel to make complex equations regarding your figures.

Like many Excel users, you can choose to have calculations performed automatically in cells, which can help you cut the time spent on creating your document, especially if you are entering many numbers. Features such as the Auto Fill function can also help you to complete tasks quickly.

Transferring complex data forms into pictorial representations is also possible for those keen to insert multi-faceted charts, with many types being available, including pie charts, bar graphs and scatter charts. Useful tools are can be located on the tabs that can add depth to your charts. You may like to learn how to utilise shadowing and 3-D functions to make your diagrams stand out.

The use of colour can also be applied to related information, such as the sales figures from across one department, which can make your calculations easier to interpret. MS Excel also has the advantage that it can be used in conjunction with a host of other MS products. This means that all the information you have compiled and analysed via the programme can be easily sent and changed by others.

For instance your data can be copied into PowerPoint applications so you can show others the outcome of Excel's number crunching calculations, which may interest expert users interested in using the programme for their business needs.

In addition, spreadsheets are often incorporated into an Access database in order to bolster information already held by the programme. Learning how to create spreadsheets can help you supply the vital statistics that often form the backbone of Access information banks.

Excel is often seen as the starting point for these databases and attending training courses to learn about the programme's many uses is recommended. The software can also feature on Office SharePoint Server 2007, which allows you to upload information to a shared space that you can keep secure by setting password protocols.