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Microsoft Excel provides the building blocks of shared information
Thu 30th July 2009
Some entrepreneurs prefer information to be presented in straightforward tables, while others benefit from the varied functions of the software and they create coloured pie charts to reflect the data. Whichever way you choose to present information, you are likely to find that MS Excel is the backbone of many workplace documents that require analysis and presentation of data.
A great feature of the product is that is has been designed to help you produce workbooks that can be easily moved to other applications. For instance, if you have recently put-together a spreadsheet that shows which departments are underperforming, you may wish to transfer information to other MS products.
A popular desktop programme that is often used in conjunction with this product is MS' presentation software PowerPoint. PowerPoint gives you the opportunity to create professional-looking files that contain data in many forms, including numerical and pictorial. If your presentation could benefit from being bolstered by figures than you may like to book a training course that can help you get to grips with how MS Excel documents can be shared.
The process of moving data from your worksheet to a PowerPoint file is straightforward. While in PowerPoint you need to identify the area of the document that you wish to receive the MS Excel file, then you simply use the Paste Options button to import data. In addition to adding your spreadsheets to the presentation programme, you can also copy and paste tables and charts, which can help bring your presentation to life.
Another useful function is that you can add hyperlinks to your PowerPoint slides that lead to your MS Excel documents. This can prove useful should you want to have spreadsheets available to add extra information, if it is required during your presentation. Once you have created charts in MS Excel you may like any changes to them to be linked to PowerPoint slides. This is possible using the Microsoft Office Excel Chart Object, which allows you to create links to diagrams that have been updated, ensuring your presentation contains the most recent adaptations to spreadsheet data.
Another application that you can paste your MS Excel data into is MS Word. This can be beneficial to those who need to create informative documents that feature spreadsheets. For instance you may have the responsibility of designing a report that alludes to figures generated by your company. Using both MS Excel and Word you will be able to combine the best of both products when compiling reports.
It is just as straightforward moving MS Excel documents to MS Word files as it is when pasting charts into PowerPoint slides. You have the option to keep the same formatting when pasting your spreadsheets or if you have a special design that you would like your charts to blend with you can use the Match Destination Table Style function.
As in PowerPoint you can also add links to Ms Word documents that readers can click on to access your spreadsheets. The ability of MS Excel to work in conjunction with other MS products ensures that information presented via your spreadsheets can be successfully shared between clients and colleagues.
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