12 Unbelievable Facts About Excel

Many of us use Excel everyday and we think that we know it very well, but just how well do know Excel? Even when you have had Excel training, facts about it that are not widely known and that are almost unbelievable. Here are 12 incredible facts about Excel:


  • Excel has been around since 1982, but it was originally called Multiplan and only became ‘Excel’ in 1985
  • The first version of Excel proper was only available for Macs and not for Windows
  • An Excel Cell can contain up to 32, 767 characters
  • There are 17,179,869,184 cells on a normal worksheet. At one second a cell, it would take 545 years to completely fill a worksheet.
  • The earliest date that can be used for calculations is the 1st of January, 1900
  • 16% of the world’s population use Excel
  • In Excel, it is possible to undo the last 100 actions
  • It is not possible to name a worksheet “History” in Excel.
  • There are more than 500 keyboard shortcuts in Excel.
  • The maximum number of worksheets in an Excel workbook is only limited by available memory.
  • It is possible to use up to 512 different fonts in an Excel worksheet.
  • Up to 4,000,000,000 formulas can depend on a single cell



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Excel is an incredible application and can do some amazing things, but the facts about it are even more unbelievable.

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