Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet program designed to keep track of numbers and data. After word processing, a spreadsheet program is the second most common software application in use. Microsoft Excel allows students to create and organize data into columns and rows. After the data is in place, students can perform calculations, create visual representations in the form of charts or graphs, and analyze the data to make logical decisions. In addition, Excel can manage data, sort data, and search for specific pieces of information within the data.