Microsoft Excel


Full-featured spreadsheet program

Excel 2019 is a spreadsheet program developed by Microsoft. Excel for Windows is part of the Microsoft 365 suite (formerly known as Office 365) but it can be downloaded independently. It is a powerful and helpful tool you can use for data analysis and documentation. Since Excel 2016, this version has upgraded its advanced features such as the Power Pivot and Get & Transform.

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Operating System SupportWindows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7
Current LanguageEnglish
Available LanguagesEnglish, Basque, Cn, German, Turkish, Galician, Portuguese, Finnish, French, Spanish, Czech, Chinese, Catalan, Swedish, Danish, Polish, Dutch, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Greek, Arabic, Hindi, Norwegian, Italian
DateThursday, August 13th 2020
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New functions

The previous version of Excel did not have a viable function that does the calculation. Excel 2019 addresses these concerns by offering updated functions. For example, the new IFS function evaluates multiple conditions and return values that consider if all the characteristics are met. This helps create a complex set of logical conditions as opposed to creating multiple levels of nested IF functions. 

Two companion functions have also been added: MAXIFS and MINIFS. These are in charge of returning the maximum and minimum values from the data range. SWITCH is also a new function and it is designed to make it easier to find values within a range. It will evaluate an expression against a list of values, returning the result that corresponds to the first matching value. 

Users that want to concatenate values from multiple values into a single cell – as well as include delimiters between values – now have the TEXTJOIN function. It combines the text from multiple ranges or strings, placing the specified delimiter. The function uses the same delimiter between each entry or concatenates the data when you opt not to specify one. CONCAT is a similar function but it requires you to manually put in a space or quotation mark. 

New chart types

Microsoft has added a number of new chart types. It provides you more flexibility in summarizing your spreadsheet data. One of them is Sunburst. It is a multi-level pie chart that is arranged in hierarchical order. The highest-ranking of the chart is the center circle, and works its way outward. Treemap is also a chart that emphasizes hierarchical data through colors and rectangle sizes.  Other new file types is the Waterfall, Funnel, and Filled Map. A Waterfall chart shows the effect of sequential intermediate values that increases or decreases the data set. It differs from a Funnel chart which shows the progressive change within an ordered data set so its suitable for data that progressively gets larger or smaller with each point.  A Filled Map can be likened to a visual aid as it enables you to place values on a map according to nations, states, counties, etc. This is suitable for comparing statistics of areas that are in close proximity to one another. You could also create a worldwide chart, comparing the data of different continents. 

Essential program for data analysts

Excel 2019 offers a wide assortment of functions and charts that you can use to summarize your data. The additional functions now allow you to simplify complex calculations, and new charts provide you more ways to present information. These will enable your audience to familiarize themselves with large quantities of data with one look. 

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