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Microsoft Excel 2016 for Mac: Tips and Tricks to Boost Your Productivity and Security



How to Use Microsoft Excel 2016 for Mac Legally and Safely




Microsoft Excel 2016 is a spreadsheet application that is part of the Microsoft Office suite. It allows users to create, edit, analyze, and visualize data using various features and functions. Microsoft Excel 2016 for Mac is a version of Excel that is compatible with macOS operating systems. It has some differences from the Windows version, such as the user interface, keyboard shortcuts, and file formats.




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Therefore, it is highly recommended that you avoid using cracked software and instead use legitimate software that you have purchased or obtained legally. This way, you can enjoy the full benefits and features of the software, protect your computer and data from harm, ensure your security and privacy online, improve your performance and productivity, and maintain your reputation and credibility.


In this article, I will show you how to use Microsoft Excel 2016 for Mac in a legal and safe way. I will also share some tips and tricks that will help you make the most of this powerful spreadsheet application.


How to install Microsoft Excel 2016 for Mac




The first step to use Microsoft Excel 2016 for Mac legally and safely is to install it on your computer. To do this, you need to purchase a license from Microsoft. You can choose from different options depending on your needs and preferences. For example, you can buy a standalone license for Excel only, or you can buy a subscription to Microsoft 365 that includes Excel and other Office applications. You can also choose between a personal or a business license depending on how you plan to use the software.


To purchase a license from Microsoft, you need to visit their official website and select the option that suits you best. You will need to create an account or sign in with an existing one. You will also need to provide your payment details and confirm your order. Once you have completed the purchase process, you will receive an email with a link to download the software.


To download and install the software, you need to follow the instructions in the email. You will need to click on the link and enter your product key if required. You will also need to agree to the terms and conditions of the software. Then, you will need to select a location on your computer where you want to save the installation file. Once the download is complete, you will need to double-click on the file and follow the steps of the installation wizard. You may need to restart your computer after the installation is finished.


To activate the software, you need to launch Excel for the first time and sign in with your Microsoft account. You will also need to enter your product key if prompted. You will then be able to access all the features and functions of Excel without any limitations or restrictions.


How to use Microsoft Excel 2016 for Mac




Once you have installed and activated Microsoft Excel 2016 for Mac, you are ready to use it for your data analysis and visualization needs. In this section, I will show you how to perform some basic tasks with Excel, such as creating a new workbook, entering and formatting data, using formulas and functions, creating charts and graphs, using pivot tables and slicers, and sharing and collaborating on workbooks.


How to create a new workbook




A workbook is a file that contains one or more worksheets where you can store and manipulate data. To create a new workbook in Excel for Mac, you can do one of the following:



  • Click on the File menu and select New Workbook.



  • Press Command + N on your keyboard.



  • Click on the New button on the Quick Access Toolbar.



  • Select one of the templates from the start screen.



You will then see a blank workbook with a default name such as Book1.xlsx. You can rename it by clicking on the title bar and typing a new name. You can also save it by clicking on the Save button on the Quick Access Toolbar or pressing Command + S on your keyboard.


How to enter and format data




Data is any information that you want to store and analyze in Excel. Data can be text, numbers, dates, times, or other types of values. To enter data in Excel for Mac, you need to select a cell where you want to enter the data and type it using your keyboard. You can also copy and paste data from other sources or import data from external files.


To format data in Excel for Mac, you need to select the cells that contain To format data in Excel for Mac, you need to select the cells that contain the data and use the formatting tools on the Home tab of the ribbon. You can also use the Format Cells dialog box by right-clicking on the selected cells and choosing Format Cells. Some of the formatting options you can apply to your data are:



  • Number format: You can change the way numbers are displayed, such as currency, percentage, decimal places, etc.



  • Font: You can change the font type, size, color, style, and effects of your text.



  • Alignment: You can change the horizontal and vertical alignment of your data, such as left, right, center, top, bottom, etc.



  • Border: You can add or remove borders around your cells or change their color, style, and width.



  • Fill: You can fill your cells with a solid color, a gradient, a pattern, or a picture.



  • Conditional formatting: You can apply different formats to your cells based on certain criteria or rules, such as highlighting duplicates, outliers, trends, etc.



Formatting your data can make it easier to read and understand, as well as emphasize important information or patterns.


How to use formulas and functions




Formulas and functions are expressions that perform calculations or operations on your data. Formulas are custom expressions that you create using operators, values, cell references, and functions. Functions are predefined expressions that perform specific tasks or calculations. Excel for Mac has hundreds of functions that you can use for various purposes, such as mathematical, statistical, logical, text, date and time, financial, etc.


To enter a formula or a function in Excel for Mac, you need to select a cell where you want to display the result and type an equal sign (=) followed by the expression. You can also use the Formula Builder pane to help you create and edit formulas and functions. To access the Formula Builder pane, you can do one of the following:



  • Click on the Formulas tab of the ribbon and select Formula Builder.



  • Press Shift + Command + F on your keyboard.



  • Click on the fx button on the formula bar.



The Formula Builder pane will show you a list of functions that you can choose from. You can also search for a function by typing its name or description in the search box. Once you select a function, the Formula Builder pane will show you its syntax, arguments, description, and examples. You can also see the result of your formula or function in real time as you enter or edit it.


Using formulas and functions can help you perform complex calculations or operations on your data quickly and accurately.


How to create charts and graphs




Charts and graphs are visual representations of your data that can help you analyze and communicate trends, patterns, comparisons, relationships, etc. Excel for Mac has various types of charts and graphs that you can create depending on your data and purpose. Some of the common types of charts and graphs are:



  • Column chart: A chart that uses vertical bars to compare values across categories.



  • Bar chart: A chart that uses horizontal bars to compare values across categories.



  • Line chart: A chart that uses lines to show changes in values over time or across categories.



  • Pie chart: A chart that uses slices to show proportions of a whole.



  • Scatter plot: A chart that uses dots to show relationships between two sets of values.



  • Histogram: A chart that uses bars to show the frequency distribution of values in a range.



To create a chart or a graph in Excel for Mac, you need to select the data that you want to plot and use the Insert tab of the ribbon. You can also use the Recommended Charts feature to let Excel suggest the best type of chart or graph for your data. To access the Recommended Charts feature, you can do one of the following:



  • Click on the Insert tab of the ribbon and select Recommended Charts.



  • Press Option + Command + R on your keyboard.



The Recommended Charts feature will show you a list of charts and graphs that suit your data. You can preview each option and select the one that you like. You can also customize your chart or graph by using the Chart Design and Format tabs of the ribbon. You can change the layout, style, title, title, legend, axis, labels, data series, colors, etc. of your chart or graph. You can also move, resize, or delete your chart or graph by using the handles or the Delete key on your keyboard.


Creating charts and graphs can help you visualize your data and make it more appealing and understandable.


How to use pivot tables and slicers




Pivot tables and slicers are tools that can help you summarize, filter, and analyze large amounts of data in Excel for Mac. Pivot tables are interactive tables that allow you to rearrange, group, sort, and calculate your data based on different criteria or dimensions. Slicers are graphical filters that allow you to select and display specific data from your pivot table.


To create a pivot table in Excel for Mac, you need to select the data that you want to summarize and use the Insert tab of the ribbon. You can also use the Recommended PivotTables feature to let Excel suggest the best way to summarize your data. To access the Recommended PivotTables feature, you can do one of the following:



  • Click on the Insert tab of the ribbon and select Recommended PivotTables.



  • Press Option + Command + P on your keyboard.



The Recommended PivotTables feature will show you a list of pivot tables that suit your data. You can preview each option and select the one that you like. You can also customize your pivot table by using the PivotTable Fields pane and the Analyze and Design tabs of the ribbon. You can change the fields, layout, style, filters, calculations, etc. of your pivot table. You can also move, resize, or delete your pivot table by using the handles or the Delete key on your keyboard.


To create a slicer in Excel for Mac, you need to select your pivot table and use the Analyze tab of the ribbon. You can also use the Insert Slicer feature to let Excel suggest the best fields to filter your data. To access the Insert Slicer feature, you can do one of the following:



  • Click on the Analyze tab of the ribbon and select Insert Slicer.



  • Press Option + Command + S on your keyboard.



The Insert Slicer feature will show you a list of fields that you can use to filter your data. You can select one or more fields and click OK. You will then see a slicer for each field that you selected. You can use the slicer to select and display specific data from your pivot table by clicking on the buttons or checkboxes on the slicer. You can also customize your slicer by using the Options tab of the ribbon. You can change the layout, style, size, color, etc. of your slicer. You can also move, resize, or delete your slicer by using the handles or the Delete key on your keyboard.


Using pivot tables and slicers can help you summarize, filter, and analyze large amounts of data in Excel for Mac easily and efficiently.


How to share and collaborate on workbooks




Sharing and collaborating on workbooks is a feature that allows you to work with other people on the same workbook in Excel for Mac. You can share your workbook with others via email, OneDrive, SharePoint, or other cloud services. You can also collaborate with others in real time by using co-authoring or commenting features.


To share your workbook in Excel for Mac, you need to save it to a cloud location such as OneDrive or SharePoint. You can do this by clicking on the Share button on the Quick Access Toolbar or pressing Command + Option + S on your keyboard. You will then see a Share pane where you can enter the email addresses of the people you want to share with. You can also choose whether they can edit or only view your workbook. You can also copy a link to your workbook and paste it in an email or a message. Once you have shared your workbook, you will see an icon next to its name indicating that it is shared.


To collaborate with others in real time in Excel for Mac, you need to open a shared workbook from a cloud location such as OneDrive or SharePoint. You will then see a message at the top of your workbook indicating that it is co-authored by others. You will also see colored flags next to the cells that are being edited by others. You can see who is editing what by hovering over the flags or clicking on them. You can also chat with others by clicking on the Chat button on the Share pane. You can also comment on specific cells or ranges by right-clicking on them and choosing New Comment. You can see the comments by others by clicking on the Show Comments button on the Review tab of the ribbon. You can reply to or delete comments by clicking on the More Options button on each comment.


Sharing and collaborating on workbooks can help you work with others on the same workbook in Excel for Mac seamlessly and efficiently.


Tips and tricks for Microsoft Excel 2016 for Mac




In this section, I will share some tips and tricks that will help you use Microsoft Excel 2016 for Mac more effectively and efficiently. These tips and tricks are:


How to use keyboard shortcuts




Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of keys that you can press to perform certain commands or actions in Excel for Mac. Keyboard shortcuts can help you save time and effort by avoiding the use of the mouse or the ribbon. Excel for Mac has many keyboard shortcuts that you can use for various purposes, such as editing, formatting, navigating, selecting, calculating, etc.


To use keyboard shortcuts in Excel for Mac, you need to press and hold one or more modifier keys (such as Command, Option, Control, Shift, or Fn) and then press another key. For example, to copy a cell or a range, you need to press Command + C. To paste a cell or a range, you need to press Command + V. To undo an action, you need to press Command + Z.


You can find a list of keyboard shortcuts for Excel for Mac by clicking on the Help menu and selecting Keyboard Shortcuts. You can also download a PDF file with all the keyboard shortcuts from Microsoft's website.


How to use the formula builder




The formula builder is a feature that helps you create and edit formulas and functions in Excel for Mac. The formula builder shows you a list of functions that you can choose from, as well as their syntax, arguments, description, and examples. The formula builder also shows you the result of your formula or function in real time as you enter or edit it.


To use the formula builder in Excel for Mac, you need to select a cell where you want to enter or edit a formula or a function and open the Formula Builder pane. You can do this by clicking on the Formulas tab of the ribbon and selecting Formula Builder, pressing Shift + Command + F on your keyboard, or clicking on the fx button on the formula bar.


The Formula Builder pane will show you a list of functions that you can choose from. You can also search for a function by typing its name or description in the search box. Once you select a function, the Formula Builder pane will show you its syntax, arguments, description, and examples. You can enter or edit the arguments by typing them in the boxes or selecting them from your worksheet. You can also see the result of your formula or function in real time as you enter or edit it.


Using the formula builder can help you create and edit formulas and functions in Excel for Mac easily and accurately.


How to use the recommended charts feature




The recommended charts feature is a feature that helps you create charts and graphs from your data in Excel for Mac. The recommended charts feature shows you a list of charts and graphs that suit your data based on their type and purpose. The recommended charts feature also shows you a preview of each option and allows you to customize your chart or graph.


To use the recommended charts feature in Excel for Mac, you need to select the data that you want to plot and open the Recommended Charts feature. You can do this by clicking on the Insert tab of the ribbon and selecting Recommended Charts, or pressing Option + Command + R on your keyboard.


The Recommended Charts feature will show you a list of charts and graphs that suit your data. You can preview each option by hovering over it or clicking on it. You can select the one that you like and click OK. You can also customize your chart or graph by using the Chart Design and Format tabs of the ribbon. You can change the layout, style, title, legend, axis, labels, data series, colors, etc. of your chart or graph.


Using the recommended charts feature can help you create charts and graphs from your data in Excel for Mac quickly and easily.


How to use the data analysis toolpak




The data analysis toolpak is a feature that helps you perform advanced statistical analysis on your data in Excel for Mac. The data analysis toolpak has various tools that you can use for different purposes, such as regression, correlation, ANOVA, t-test, z-test, etc.


To use the data analysis toolpak in Excel for Mac, you need to install it first. You can do this by clicking on the Tools menu and selecting Excel Add-ins. You will then see a list of add-ins that you can choose from. You need to check the box next to Analysis ToolPak and click OK. You may need to restart Excel for the changes to take effect.


Once you have installed the data analysis toolpak, you need to select the data that you want to analyze and open the Data Analysis feature. You can do this by clicking on the Data tab of the ribbon and selecting Data Analysis. You will then see a


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