3 New Features in Excel 2016

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We’ve already gone over some of the new features (Tell Me Feature), as well as some of the older features (Excel Shortcuts), in Excel.  Today I want to let you know a couple more features that are new in the 2016 version.

New Charts:  Excel has already provided us with a great variety of charts in their older versions, but they have upped the game by adding six new chart types.  The new charts are Treemap, Sunburst, Histogram, Waterfall, Box and Whisker, as well as combo charts that you can customize.  To find them, look in the Charts box within the ‘Insert’ tab, or use the Quick Analysis box next to your data within the spreadsheet when you highlight the data you would like to chart.

3D Maps:  This feature really excites me.  I’m a visual person.  I’m not even sure when or how I will use this feature, but rest assured, I will find a way.  This feature is found within the ‘Insert’ tab.  You will have to enable the add-in for the feature to work, but this has even become easy, as Excel prompts you to click an ‘Enable’ button, so no more need to dig around aimlessly trying to find out where to activate it.

Office Themes:  Excel has added in three office themes that can be set by clicking FILE > OPTIONS > GENERAL and then the drop down next to Office Themes.  The themes are Colorful, Dark Gray, and White.  Colorful is the default, which give you the typical white spreadsheet with a blue ribbon, and your preset color for the tabs ribbon.  Dark Gray will change it to a dark gray color with a lighter gray ribbon.  White changes it to an all white page with standard black print.  So now you have options, in order to enhance your experience with a screen that suits your eyes.

I hope you enjoy these features as much as I know I will.  If you get a chance to use the 3D Maps, which I am the most excited about, please leave a comment and let me know how it worked and how you used it.

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