Sabine N Konig. Spreadsheet Templates. December 08th , 2017.
This may sound a little unfair. After all, a standard Microsoft installation would include something called Equation Editor. Suffice to say, it wasnt advertised in the promotional videos. Software like Matlab was considered vastly superior and had the added advantage that you could analyze the equations as well. Anyway, the good news is that Microsoft has taken a big step forwards with Office 2010 and its now possible to correctly display formulas in a pretty painless fashion.
It is easy and inexpensive to use accounting spreadsheets but are they the correct choice for small businesses? We all know that there is a legal requirement to maintain accurate accounting records covering your business transactions. The tax man, the VAT man and a miscellany of compliance regulations means that accurate bookkeeping records are essential.
Unfortunately, that has never been the case and most university researchers would identify one big problem with the Office suite and that is why its always been difficult to present formulas in Word and Excel. Even when you type a simple fraction like 3/5, it gets presented on a single line. As for Greek symbols like , that would mean many hours wasted trawling through Excels Insert Symbol menu.
Formatting a spreadsheet is something that can be a personal choice in particular colour schemes, or how busy the spreadsheet is, but one should always keep in mind the user, and how easy it is for a new user to follow your spreadsheet. In summary keep it neat, simple and adhere to predefined formats to eliminate any slow down or errors in formulas due to incorrect cell formatting.
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