Working with Spreadsheets

In This Chapter

  • Spreadsheet programs to supplement your accounting software
  • Getting started with spreadsheets
  • Using basic Excel functions and tools
  • Creating a sample loan amortization table

Back before computers became such an integral part of our daily lives, accounting records were maintained in paper ledgers, and any supporting work had to be done on additional pieces of paper. Calculations were made either in one’s head or by using a calculator. Such efforts were time-consuming and fraught with risk for errors.

Thankfully, today’s spreadsheet software can make many accounting-related tasks easier. However, ...

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