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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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Quilting patterns. Both visually...

Quilting patterns. Both visually representative of the ultimate layout and calculating how much fabric of each color I need. I know there are programs for quilters to do that for you...but those are extra money!! Also, I use excel to track book, movie, and music collection and wishlist with tracking for market values on Ebay/Half.com/Amazon Marketplace. As an executive recruiter, I use excel spreadsheets to track what resumes I've submitted, where they are in the process, next step, and keep track of all submissions to my personal clients.




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