What is Spreadsheet Software?

A spreadsheet software tool is a platform designed to analyze, organize, and store information in a table with rows and columns. First created as a computerized aide to paper accounting worksheets, spreadsheets calculate values using data that has been entered in cells of a table. This data can be either text or numeric, or results of automatic formulas that interact with other cell data.

Today’s spreadsheets are able to perform basic math functions, and have built-in capabilities to carry out financial accounting work and statistical tasks. Three of the most common uses of spreadsheets include: producing financial budgets, sorting and storing data, and creating charts and graphs. Today’s modern spreadsheet platforms are Turing-complete, making them effectively programming languages in their own right. Here is a basic example of a sheet from Google Sheets Spreadsheet:

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