Tasks Common to Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word

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Tasks common to both Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel are not so easy to find. The reason for this is because the programs are very different. Both are run by Microsoft Windows, the operating system, but the tasks done in them are almost completely opposite. Firstly, Word is a word processing program in which you are able to type various kinds of documents such as letters and memos. The program also includes pre-made formats for many types of tasks in which you may just fill in your information to personalize it. Microsoft Excel is almost nothing like this. Excel is a spreadsheet, mostly meant for tables, charts, and information that needs to be organized into categories. Excel is also very useful in the way that there are endless columns and rows, and there are many little tricks hidden within the program. You can even insert codes so that math is done by the program itself.

Some similar tasks that are common to both programs vary between different categories. To start with, both programs contain the menu bar in which they have many of the same options. There is the File option, in which you are able to perform different tasks having to do with you file: saving the file, printing, opening the file, and even exiting the program. The File options are pretty standard throughout Microsoft Windows Programs. Also on the menu bar in both programs is edit, where you are able to perform different editing tasks such as undoing an action, copying, pasting, and the like. View is an option in both, where you can choose a layout view. Insert is on both, but the options are different on the inset menu, based on the type of program it is.

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