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Open Thread: How are you using Excel?

Yesterday, I mentioned I'd been talking with someone who's looking at interesting things people are doing with Microsoft Excel. I talked to her again yesterday, and with her official okey-dokey, I'll virtually introduce Tralee Pearce (*waves*), a reporter from Toronto's Globe & Mail whom you might remember from a very swell article about the Hipster PDA.

So, by request -- and to help Tralee with fleshing out her fun-sounding article -- I hope you all will jump in here: What kind of cool, novel, and non-obvious stuff are you doing with Excel? What's the wildest, most obsessive, most nerdy thing you ever saw someone do with our favorite spreadsheet program?

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I use it for playing...

I use it for playing collectible card games. I track the cards I own (and keep track of acquisitions and trades too, of course), then enter in the power, strength, and other attributes that I want to incorporate into my play deck. Excel filters out all the drek (including the cards that aren't 'legal' for play in the type of game I'm going to be playing) and leaves me with a nice, clean, short list to choose from. If I change my mind, I change the filters.

Once I've made my decisions, I mark the cards I want to use with a code for that deck, and Excel can print out a neat little list for me to use when I physically build my deck.

I'm not a kid, by the way; I'm 55 years old. :)




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