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Office 2011 doesn’t include a database application. However, unless you work with extremely large data sets or need a complex or relational database, Excel can probably provide all the database power you’ll need.
In Excel, you enter data in rows. Each row is a record (one complete set of information). Each column is a field that contains one type of information for the record, such as a last name, Social Security number, or salary, for example. It isn’t necessary to define a data array as a database. In Excel’s eyes, any rectangular array of data can be treated as a database.