Microsoft's Best Excel Spreadsheet Templates

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Jumpstart your personal and business projects by checking out this gallery of Microsoft’s best Excel spreadsheet templates. Excel is the spreadsheet program in Microsoft Office, the leading office suite program worldwide. Templates and printables can save formatting, formula-generating, which saves you time.

Spreadsheet templates are valuable for new users as well. They allow new users to get a feel for the program. Microsoft's templates are accessed from within Office programs. More specific directions are detailed on each of the following slides.

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Manage Your Time

Family Calendar Template or Printable for Any Year in Microsoft Excel
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While businesses can use these calendaring templates internally, you could also use this as a reference for personal, family, or school organization.

This Family Calendaring Template for Excel packs a lot of information for the space.

The Yearly Business Calendar Template for Excel can be updated to any year by selecting a drop-down value within the spreadsheet.

Open Excel, then select New as though you are creating a new document, but search in the template box for the template name, using key terms.

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Wedding Budget Planner Template

Wedding Budget Template or Printable for Microsoft Excel
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This Wedding Budget Planner Template for Excel could work for a lot of events requiring similar planning.

Family reunions, corporate retreats, fundraisers, and celebrations are examples of alternative ways to use this adaptable planning tool.

Within Excel, select File then New, then search for the template as described above.

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College and Personal Budget

College or Personal Budget Template or Printable for Microsoft Excel
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These college or personal budget templates for Excel are visually different but serve similar purposes. Either could also be a template for moving into one’s own apartment or home for the first time, whether a student or not.

Check out either the Personal Budget Template for Excel or the College Budget Template for Excel.

Open Excel, select New, then search for the template as described above.

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Camping Checklist Template

Camping Trip Planner Template for Microsoft Excel
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Avoid forgetting supplies on your next trip into the great outdoors, with this Camping Checklist Template for Excel. 

This type of list could also come in handy when preparing an emergency supply for your home.

Open Excel, select New, then search for the template by keyword.

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Lawn and Garden Budget

Lawn and Garden Budget Template and Printable for Microsoft Excel
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If your green thumb tends to deplete the green of your wallet, you will recognize the value of this free Lawn and Garden Budget Template for Excel.

Tally your costs by plant and supply categories. The included pie chart will help you get a visual for what you’re spending on these projects.

Open Excel, select New, then search for the template as described above.

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Travel and Vacation Planning

Vacation Template for Microsoft Excel
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Templates are by nature adaptable, so check out whether these Travel Planning Templates for Excel might work for your next adventure.

For a group of resources, check out this Vacation Planning Template for Excel.

Likewise, the Family Travel Itinerary Template for Excel is very adaptable and fits a lot of important travel information on one simple sheet. Don’t let this name deter you if you are planning travel for business, or if you are a single traveler.

Open Excel, select New, then search for it using keywords. Also, consider searching for Plane Trip Travel Checklist for Excel.

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Timeline Templates

Timeline Scheduling Template or Printable for Microsoft Excel
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Timeline scheduling templates such as these can help individuals or teams stay organized.

Looking for a more long-term schedule of events? The Timeline Template for Excel has a lot of potential, be it for school reports, planning, a visual corporate history, or even journaling.

The Employee Shift Schedule Template for Excel is very scannable while still providing details about several individuals. Another application for this template could be organizing volunteers. Think outside the box. Instead of listing people, list something like school classes with corresponding times, for example.

Also try: Student Weekly Schedule Template for Excel

Open Excel, select New, then use the search box to search for this template by name.

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Paper and Index Card Templates

Graph Paper Template or Printable for Microsoft Excel
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Let the Graph Paper Template for Excel bail you out the next time you need a sheet or two—or 100.

Math instructors and students could, of course, use this paper, but consider other tasks, such as interior design plans. One 1/4-inch square can represent 1 foot in your actual room. Let the measuring begin!

In a similar vein, check out the Index Cards Template for Excel.

As mentioned, to find this, select File - New, then search for the template by keyword.

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Family Tree Chart Template

Family Tree Template or Printable for Microsoft Excel
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Use the Family Tree Chart Template for Excel to chart several generations or events.

Alternatively, use this template to record results by ​a bracket for sports competitions or other contests.

Find this template online by selecting File - New, then searching by template name.

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Maintenance Schedule

Vehicle Log and Maintenance Template and Printable for Microsoft Excel
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These customizable maintenance schedule templates can automate tasks that need to happen periodically but may be forgotten due to their infrequency.

Pictured here is a Vehicle Log and Maintenance Template and Printable for Excel. You may also be interested in the Home Maintenance Schedule for Excel.

Open Excel, select New, then search for a template as described above.

Ready for more? With Microsoft Office templates, you may be surprised by all the work that is already done for you. Please share if you have used an Excel template that worked well for your projects!

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