I’ve been using Excel for some time now, and have been using it extensively to manage my company’s product specifications.
However, there are a few things that Excel excels at, such as its ability to create a custom view of a product, or its ability on a spreadsheet to filter the output of other systems.
But sometimes it’s easy to forget about the functionality and the potential of this tool.
One such case was the recent release of a new feature in Excel called the “Spec view”.
This feature was designed to help users to quickly see what Excel output looks like when it comes to a particular type of data.
As the name suggests, the Spec view shows the result of a given spreadsheet in a form of a chart, and allows users to see all the columns, row and column groups, and even the data types themselves.
This was particularly helpful when I was looking at my Excel file with a very high-level overview of a set of data that needed to be grouped by type.
The “Spec View” feature is particularly useful for Excel users who have used a lot of Excel before, as it allows you to see the result from multiple Excel sheets at once.
When I tried to view my Excel spreadsheet with this feature enabled, I got a lot more data at the same time.
I would see a column in a particular cell, and the data was sorted into columns based on the data type.
This sort of visual output would make it much easier to navigate through a spreadsheet.
The Spec view can also be used for quick lookups, and it can help users with very basic Excel skills, as well.
For example, when I saw that a particular value was the highest in a row of a spreadsheet, I could use the “Get value” function in Excel to get a quick summary of the value, and then click on the relevant column to see what it did.
This functionality can be particularly useful when you’re trying to understand a spreadsheet in order to see how it will perform in a real-world scenario.
This feature has also been a boon for many Excel users, as they can see exactly what columns of data are used in a spreadsheet and then quickly filter them out.
I like to think of this as Excel’s “Find and Replace” function, which is why it’s great for users who are already familiar with the tool.
The next time you are using Excel to make an Excel spreadsheet, consider using the Spec View feature.
It can be very powerful when it’s available, and will help you to understand what Excel’s output looks and feels like.
For more information on Excel’s capabilities, including how to use Excel’s features in a production environment, check out the “Designing Excel in a Production Environment” article in my ebook, “Learn how to design and develop complex Excel programs with Excel.”