Spreadsheets are a type of computer software primarily used to view financial data such as costs, sales, or business revenue figures in columns and rows. Spreadsheets are an invaluable way to enter, organize, and quickly retrieve data in a useful and clear fashion. Almost all spreadsheets allow you to convert automatically the on-screen numbers into full-color charts and graphs. This feature is particularly useful for business presentations and reports. Many office software packages come bundled with spreadsheet software included. If you don't need a very sophisticated spreadsheet, or if you plan on entering relatively small amounts of data, these programs can be ideal, particularly if they come with the computer when you buy it. On the other hand, if you're looking to outfit a large business office, you may want to consider a stand-alone spreadsheet program that offers a greater number of usable rows and columns, allowing you to enter more numbers on a single page, as well as other options. More substantial spreadsheets can demand a significant portion of your computer's memory, or RAM, though, so be prepared to upgrade your computer if you're going to use one of these more powerful spreadsheet programs. Also, if you plan on entering information across many columns, you may want to consider a 17- inch or larger monitor in order to facilitate viewing and to reduce eyestrain. For more information, contact a computer software professional.
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