# Brief Introduction to Excel

Excel is the spreadsheet program created by Microsoft. Although you can
use any spreadsheet program for analyzing data, the instructions given here are
specific for Excel and you must use Excel for the three Excel quizzes.
NOTE: Microsoft also makes a less powerful spreadsheet program as part of
Microsoft Works or some similar title. Some of the features that we will use in these exercises
are not found in MS Works, so you will not be able to complete all the exercises
using MS Works. These instructions are specifically for Excel 2007.

Excel is, in its most basic form, a very fancy calculator. The
information given in this quick tutorial is meant to give a working knowledge of
how to use Excel. There are usually several different ways to perform the
same function in Excel, this tutorial will usually just give one way. If
you need more information on how to use Excel, there are many web sites
dedicated to using Excel, a simple 'google' search will find many of them.
In addition, accessing the HELP menu from within the program can also be useful!

### The Interface:

The first figure shows the typical Excel sheet with the important parts of
the programs interface labeled. Please become familiar with these.

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