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This guide looks at some of the potential uses for spreadsheets that you might encounter whilst working at sea.

Excel is probably the best known spreadsheet and the one most used on ships, so therefore makes a good choice for demos, but it isn't the only option. Some of the alternatives are:

  • Google Docs Spreadsheet
  • Apache OpenOffice
  • LibreOffice
  • Numbers for Mac
  • Spread32
  • Gnumeric

What can Excel do?

Excel can be overwhelming when you first meet it. What does it do? How can I start using it easily?

Think of it as a tool to record and manipulate information in tables. At sea, crews use it to:

  • Store crew lists, including information such as passport numbers and dates of birth
  • Keep track of stock and prices in the café and gift shop
  • Record fuel use, then show how it rises or falls in a graph
  • Keep a list of engine parts, showing their serial numbers and dates
  • Save all the data used in incident reports
  • Log passenger numbers, then highlight busy days and automatically predict numbers in the future

This course is £9.99 per month, discounted to £2.99 per month with the generous support of IFAN

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