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Old 11-03-2008, 07:34 AM   #1
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Learning Spreadsheets


I need to learn to use either Excel or the linux equivalent. Is the spreadsheet in Linux compatible with Excel?
If so, where can I get a manual for this spreadsheet? Learning such things as spreadsheets are very difficult for me.

Thanks
 
Old 11-03-2008, 08:17 AM   #2
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Openoffice calc. Here are some tutorials....

http://www.google.com/custom?hl=en&c...%3Amplknj4r1bu

http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.or...readsheet.html

David

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Old 11-03-2008, 08:21 AM   #3
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You can search for "Open Office Calc Tutorial"

Tutorials
http://www.tutorialsforopenoffice.or...readsheet.html
http://openofficeschool.org/calc/index.html
http://www.learnopenoffice.org/tutorials.htm

There are even training videos on Youtube and some other video web sites
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4jPmC6rybw
http://www.wonderhowto.com/tag/openoffice-calc/

Documentation
http://documentation.openoffice.org/
 
Old 11-03-2008, 09:30 AM   #4
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Gnumeric is the best spreadsheet program for Linux, IMO.

http://www.gnome.org/projects/gnumeric/
http://www.gnome.org/projects/gnumer...gnumeric.shtml
http://www.gnome.org/projects/gnumer...ck-start.shtml
 
Old 11-03-2008, 11:45 AM   #5
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Whether we like it not, Excel is the defacto standard for spreadsheets, so most, if not all, will be compatible.
On relatively modern hardware openoffice is probably the choice for most people. They are working hard on staying compatible with the latest MS attempts to throw them off course.

On slightly older hardware openoffice might be too big, so applications like gnumeric might be a better choice. There are also others, e.g. Google Docs.

Mons
 
Old 11-03-2008, 11:50 AM   #6
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Gnumeric is probably the better spreadsheet program. But spreadsheet addicts are basically very inefficient people.
 
Old 11-03-2008, 02:11 PM   #7
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I dunno, but I find Openoffice Calc to be buggy and inferior in compatibility and features to gnumeric.

@ monsm
I'm not sure what kind of standard you are implying, but excel was far from the first successful spreadsheet used by the masses. (you probably knew someone wasn't gonna let you get away with saying anything M$ is a standard in the normal sense of the term)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lotus_1-2-3
 
Old 11-03-2008, 05:12 PM   #8
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Quote:
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I need to learn to use either Excel or the linux equivalent. Is the spreadsheet in Linux compatible with Excel?

Thanks
I think OpenOffice is good and it will save/open files in Excel format.
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Learning such things as spreadsheets are very difficult for me.Thanks
Is there something about spreadsheets that is more difficult to learn than other kinds of SW? What aspect do you have trouble with?
 
Old 11-03-2008, 05:21 PM   #9
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I recommend OOCALC (open office calc) I use it at work where 99.9% of computers are windows based (mine is the only Linux) and I have no issues saving files to be compatible with Excel and of course excel files are easily opened with oocalc! Go for it!
 
Old 11-03-2008, 06:02 PM   #10
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I guess that I was never good at putting number in boxes.
Thanks to all for your informative replies.
Also one day I would like to learn other programs such as the graphic programs.
 
Old 11-04-2008, 03:38 PM   #11
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I was trying to get acquainted with the spreadsheet in open office. (I am still working from the CD)I could not make entries on it. Is it because I am still on the CD, or I just do not know what I am doing, or both?

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