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How to use Microsoft Excel online

With the web version of Microsoft Excel you can be in spreadsheet heaven no matter where you are

Crunching numbers can be a dull task, no matter which way you look at it, but it doesn’t have to be painful thanks to some really useful apps. Of course, the full version of Excel in Microsoft Office is the natural first choice when you have your PC with you, but there’s a web-based alternative that you can use to stay productive should you not have access to your PC for whatever reason.

Microsoft now provides a free version of Excel that you can use on the web. All that’s required is a web browser and internet connection and you can be in spreadsheet heaven no matter where you are. As you might expect the web version of Excel has fewer features than the full application, but it’s still very capable and after all, totally free.

The web version of Excel is incredibly powerful for something that you can use in a web browser. You have access to a wide range of functions from the often-used SUM, COUNT and AVERAGE to the positively obscure DVAR, DSTDEV and ATAN with hundreds more to choose from. Naturally, you can use the Excel app for more mundane and, to be fair, more likely documents such as keeping track of expenses too.

No matter where you are in the world you can access a powerful spreadsheet tool that allows you to make some incredibly complex calculations if needs be. Though keeping track of holiday expenses might be the most likely use for the Excel Web App it’s good to know that you’re never more than a few clicks away from a really powerful and compatible application.

As the Excel Web App is linked to SkyDrive your documents are always completely safe too, no disk failure can destroy your hard work and as SkyDrive syncs across all your devices and is available through a browser everything is accessible to you whenever and wherever you need it. 

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