Ken Blake, Ph.D.

A journalist's introduction to Excel

Got numbers to crunch and a deadline to meet? It's time for that pocket calculator of yours to go the way of the manual typewriter, because Microsoft Excel, the cheap and ubiquitous computer spreadsheet program, can finish the job before you can say, "Texas Instruments."

For a glimpse of what's possible, download this example Microsoft Excel file showing some made-up data for raises received by the local mayor's staff, then follow along as you watch this 18-minute, YouTube-hosted video, "Basic spreadsheet skills."