Microsoft Excel 2013

Microsoft Excel 2013 15.0.4805.1003

Smarter and easier workbooks

Excel 2013 is a powerful workbook and database application that's included in Office 2013. View full description

PROS

  • Quick analysis suggests best way to present data
  • Redesigned interface makes it easier to use
  • Insert photos from online sources
  • Automatic pivot table creation
  • Helpful error messages

CONS

  • Still intimidating to the novice

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Excel 2013 is a powerful workbook and database application that's included in Office 2013.

Excel has always been an immensely powerful application, if you know how to use it. Microsoft specifically targeted ease of use for Excel 2013. When users input data, Excel 2013 will analyze the type of data it is and will give suggestions about the best way to present the data. If the data is comprehensive enough, it will even analyze it and present an option to make a PivotTable automatically.

There is also a new feature called Flash Fill, which will help put badly formatted data into something comprehensible. Data will be sorted into the appropriate columns for you. This takes so much work out of manually organizing your data that Flash Fill may be the killer feature for those deciding whether to upgrade to Excel 2013.

One big improvement in Excel 2013 is how organic it feels. There are little, quick animations that mimic those found in Windows Phone 8, helping to make the program feel less clinical. The animations aren't distracting and help guide your focus to what Excel is currently doing.

The ribbon interface stays but has been tweaked to be more usable. Icons are different colors and grouped nicely. There is a new option in Excel 2013 to pull in pictures from the web from services that you've linked to your Microsoft account. Setting up Excel 2013 is automatic as it'll pull information from your account.

While Excel 2013 still has an intimidating amount of features, it has become smarter, making it easier to work with data. Microsoft has done an outstanding job with Excel 2013 and anyone who uses Excel on a daily basis should upgrade.

Microsoft Excel 2013

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Microsoft Excel 2013 15.0.4805.1003

— User reviews — about Microsoft Excel 2013

  • Kingsley Arnold

    by Kingsley Arnold

    "I NEED LESS COMPLEX SOFTWARE"

    i have windows 10 i need excel from windows 7 it is so much easier to use my in come is thru the A.S.X All my previous ... More.

    reviewed on May 2, 2017

  • GUPTA ASHUTOSH

    by GUPTA ASHUTOSH

    "excellent data analyst"

    it is a best tool to analysis the data and easy to store them in a very well mannered way. More.

    reviewed on March 28, 2017

  • SONU DCB

    by SONU DCB

    "so nice version"

    microsoft excel 2013 is a user friendly version and it is very useful. More.

    reviewed on March 12, 2017

  • DJ.Excel

    by DJ.Excel

    "Arbitrary UI changes decrease UX"

    This version sucks. Typical Microsoft arbitrary changes that decrease ease of use for no apparent reason. Apparently p... More.

    reviewed on November 16, 2015