PC Doctor December 23, 2016

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Dear PC Doctor:

I have inherited treasurer’s duties for an organization I belong to; the previous treasurer did everything on paper and I can’t quite figure out how everything tallies up.  I’m not exactly a math person.  Is there an easy way to keep track of the numbers so I know the addition and subtraction are correct? 




Dear Shell:


You didn’t say what kind of computer you have – if you are using a Windows PC, Excel is the program you want.  If you’re on an Apple, the same type of program is called Numbers.  Excel comes with the Microsoft Office suite, so you may already have it.  Numbers also typically comes pre-installed on any Apple computer.  If you don’t have either of these, Open Office is available as a free download and it includes a component called Calc.  If you’re using a Chromebook, you’ll use Google Sheets. 

Each of these is, essentially, a spreadsheet program into which you can type all of your figures and then tell the columns how to behave.  There are formulas that will add or subtract, as well and many other functions you may find useful.  What’s also really nice is that you can easily share the files with other members of your group, either via e-mail, drop box, google drive, or any other file sharing service you wish to use.


I hope this helps!
Until next time,
Happy Computing.

   PC Doctor