Microsoft will launch Office 2013 during the first quarter of next year, but just as they have done with previous versions, you may download a trial version now to start experiencing the new functionality and features built into the latest version. Excel, the finance and accounting workhorse of the Office suite is packed with more than 50 new and interesting features that can be quite helpful for small-business owners preparing budgets, projections, financial statements and more.
Some of these features include:
Simultaneously run multiple instances of Excel.
This allows you to copy and paste formulas between two different Excel files as though they were sheets in the same file. This is especially useful if you have a multi-monitor setup.
Easier to use combo charts. The interface that manages the creation of combo charts wasn’t very intuitive. That’s changed as Excel 2013 offers an easier interface for building these charts which show multiple data series on the same chart.
Build charts from “badly shaped” data. If you have a spreadsheet with monthly sales interspersed with quarterly subtotals and annual totals it can be a pain to build a chart from that data. Excel 2013 recognizes that you just want the monthly numbers and allows you to easily build a chart.
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