Saturday, August 13, 2011

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New Features In Excel 2010

When Excel 2007 was introduced, all users were abandoned most habits acquired from previous versions. This was because, Excel 2007 completely revamped user interface called the Ribbon menu system.

Some practical advantages of Excel 2007 were greatly improved management of named variables through the Name Manager, and much improved flexibility in formatting graphs, which now allow (x, y) coordinate labeling and lines of arbitrary weight. Even there were some disadvantages like, the previous version makes more extensive use of multiple cores for the calculation of spreadsheets, however VBA macros are not handled in parallel and XLL addins only are executed in parallel if they are thread-safe and indicate this at the time of registration.

Then when Excel 2010 was introduced along with Office 2010, it bought so many changes with few new features. And here’s a quick overview of the new features in Excel 2010:

  • 64-bit version: If your hardware and Windows version supports it, you can install the 64-bit version, which lets you create larger workbooks. You might experience some incompatible macros and add-ins. Specifically, macros that use 32-bit Windows API calls won’t work in 64-bit Excel 2010. In most cases, however, you can modify the code so that the API calls work with both versions of Excel.
  • Sparkline charts: Create small in-cell charts to summarize a range of data graphically.
  • Slicers: A slicer is a new way to filter and display data in pivot tables.
  • New pivot table formatting options: You have more control over the appearance of pivot table reports.
  • Office button changes: The big round Office button in Excel 2007 has been replaced by a File button, displayed to the left of the tabs. Clicking it displays Office Backstage, a screen that lets you perform various operations on your workbook. This view essentially replaces the traditional File and Print menus — plus quite a bit more.
  • Conditional formatting enhancements: Data bar conditional formatting can display in a solid color, and the bars provide a more accurate display and support negative values.
  • Function enhancements: Some of Excel’s worksheet financial and statistical functions have been improved in terms of numerical accuracy. These functions have new names, and the old versions are still available for compatibility.
  • Image-editing enhancements: You have much more control over graphic images inserted into a workbook, including the ability to remove non-essential parts from the background of an image.
  • Screen capture tool: You can easily capture a window from a different program and insert the image on a worksheet.
  • Paste preview: When you copy a range, the Paste command displays various options with a live preview so that you can see how the paste operation will look.
  • Ribbon customization: End users can customize the Ribbon by adding new tabs and
    groups. Unfortunately, it’s still not possible to customize the Ribbon using VBA.
  • Equation editor: You can create and display (noncalculating) mathematical equations and embed them on a worksheet.
  • Faster: Microsoft made some improvements to the calculation engine, and files load a bit faster.
  • New security features: Workbooks downloaded from the Internet or from e-mail attachments are opened in Protected View mode. You can designate workbooks as trusted, and they don’t need to reside in special trusted folders.
  • Solver: Excel 2010 includes a new version of the Solver add-in.
  • Enhancements to VBA: You can now perform operations that used to require old XLM macros directly using VBA macro commands. In addition, macro recording now works for operations such as chart and shape formatting.

Service Pack 1 for Office 2010 has already been available for free from Microsoft. It is worth updating if you have not done till now. Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Microsoft Office 2010 (KB2460049) 64-bit Edition contains new updates which improve security, performance, and stability. Additionally, the SP is a roll-up of all previously released updates. Here is the download link for Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 [64Bit] and Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 [32Bit]

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