Documenting the Past, the Present and the Future with Excel

Posted by Lior Weinstein on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Category : Microsoft Excel, Paperless Office, PDF to Excel Converter, Software

Documenting the Past, the Present and the Future with Excel
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Excel isn’t just a little numbers factory. It has many uses for business and personal use. By using a PDF to Excel converter you can increase the effectiveness of your basic spreadsheet to managing archived, current and predictive data.








There are many stories to tell in life, and some of those stories involve numbers. Numbers are often used to chronicle important events and dates, successes and failures, goals and achievements.


The Past

This is Personal History Month. It is an excellent time to consider investigating your ancestry. More people are becoming interested in genealogy. Sites like have become very popular tools for people searching for their roots. Excel is a great way to build a family tree and keep track of all of the information that you obtain. If you are searching for old documents, such as birth certificates, you may find copies in the archives of your local government. You may also find documentation such as copies of old newspapers on microfiche at your local library. With a PDF to Excel converter, you can scan and convert these documents into your spreadsheet. As you reach out to others online, or far away relatives, they will probably send you information which can be added in this manner to your spreadsheet family tree. Building a family tree is a great hobby, but it is so much more than that. It’s fascinating to see where you came from and learn about your ancestors. You may be surprised what you find out.

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The Present

Excel can be used every day to manage your finances, whether business or personal. It also makes a great calendar to schedule daily activities. If you have an illness that requires you to follow a diet plan or take medication on a regular basis, it is an excellent way to manage your personal health schedule. Let’s say you have symptoms to document in order to take to your doctor for a diagnosis. Perhaps you have knee pain. It will help your doctor figure out whether you have bursitis or a torn meniscus if you keep track of your pain and lack of movement in a spreadsheet.

A spreadsheet can be used as a kind of study guide. By using a PDF to Excel converter, you can take that chapter from your text book, convert it to Excel and cull it down to the basic points. Now when you have to cram for that exam, you have the important notes right in front of you.

There are all kinds of ways you can use the combination of these two software programs to simplify your life on a daily basis. Use it to make a shopping list for a special event. If someone gives you their favorite recipe in a hand scribbled note, it is much easier to read in Excel.

Can’t remember if you’ve seen that movie before you rent it online? If you keep track of your viewing pleasure or books you have read, you’ll know whether to recommend that movie to a friend or whether a book is due back at the library, so you can avoid overdue charges.


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The Future

We all have dreams for the future. If you are putting together a business plan to obtain funding for your business, you need to be able to predict future growth. You can show the bank your spreadsheet to prove that you know what you are doing.

If you haven’t started your business venture yet, start planning on Excel. Maybe you have an idea for an invention. Keep all your intellectual property, ideas and designs in your spreadsheet.

You can use Excel for more personal future plans, such as a job search, a wedding planner or just to collect baby names for that future child. You could name your child after the software, after all, according to, as of May 14, 2013, there were 452 people in the United States with the name of Excel.

Maybe those parents used the spreadsheet to plan their child, it’s great for that too!

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