How To Use Excel-Style Spreadsheets in Microsoft Word

Like peanut butter and chocolate, a word processor with some basic spreadsheet chops makes a fantastic combination. When you want some rather easy number-crunching embedded in an otherwise ordinary text document, Microsoft Word has you covered, thanks to baked-in functionality from its sister program Excel.

Word’s implementation of Excel spreadsheets essentially embeds a tiny copy of the program, right in the middle of your weekly newsletter to the Booster’s Club. While editing the Excel section of the document, you have access to all of the Excel controls as if you were using Excel in its own window. You can add standard text and numeral value cells, and crucially, formulas that apply specifically to the Excel mini-window.

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