A spreadsheet program such as Microsoft Excel is specifically designed for creating, managing and presenting information in tabular format. A new spreadsheet is simply a large table with blank cells in which the user can enter information. Spreadsheets are more versatile than word processors in terms of their ability to manipulate large numbers of rows and columns of information. For example, spreadsheets can convert data in tabular format to detailed pie charts, line charts or other types of graphs.
Today, Microsoft Excel is the most popular and widely used spreadsheet program, but there are also many alternatives. Although spreadsheets are typically used with anything containing numbers, the uses of a spreadsheet are almost endless. Below are some other popular uses of spreadsheets.