I’ve tried to deny it, I’ve tried to cover it up, I can’t escape it – I’m a control freak. I have a need to have my ducks in a row and accurate and up-to-date information. Excel has become my go-to platform for this need. Personally, I use it to track investments and retirement accounts; for household budgeting; keeping track of credit cards and bank accounts; and professionally for temple budget accounts that are under my supervision; almost all areas of B’nei Mitzvah and much more.

While Excel is perhaps best known for its mathematical functions, it makes a terrific data management program that integrates fairly easily with Word and Outlook. While it is not a substitute with Microsoft’s database software, Access, Excel is an incredibly powerful tool for collecting and manipulating data.

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