Electronic spreadsheets are a computerized version of the spreadsheet in which cost factors are listed and the estimator fills in the costs for the appropriate items and the computer automatically tallies the results. It is an interactive computer application for organization, analysis and storage of data that automatically calculate and display a value based on the contents of other cells.
In other words, a spreadsheet is a software application that enables a user to save, sort and manage data in an arranged form of rows and columns. A spreadsheet stores data in a tabular format as an electronic document. An electronic spreadsheet is based on and is similar to the paper-based accounting worksheet.
Examples of spreadsheet programs
Today, Microsoft Excel is the most popular and widely used spreadsheet program, but there are also many alternatives. Below is a list of spreadsheet programs that can be used to create a spreadsheet.
- Google Sheets – (online and free).
- iWork Numbers – Apple Office Suite.
- LibreOffice -> Calc (free).
- Lotus 1-2-3 (discontinued).
- Lotus Symphony – Spreadsheets.
- Microsoft Excel.
- OpenOffice -> Calc (free).
- VisiCalc (discontinued).