How to Learn Lotus 1-2-3

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Lotus 1-2-3 was one of the first spreadsheet programs. It was extremely popular before Microsoft Excel arrived on the market. It stills holds a place for a lot of people and businesses. Although its features are similar to Excel, there are some that are easier done in Lotus than in Excel--for example, macros are easier to write in Lotus 1-2-3 than in Excel. The following will help you learn Lotus 1-2-3.

Find tutorials online. The first thing to do is practice using Lotus 1-2-3. If you are experienced in Excel it won't take you long to pick up Lotus 1-2-3, but there are tutorials online that you can look at to see the differences between Lotus and Excel. There are sites in the Resource section you can use.

Read about the new features and benefits of Lotus 1-2-3. This will update you to the newest features and let you see if Lotus or Excel is the better software for your personal and business needs.

Try Lotus 1-2-3. Take a course online or at a local college or high school. This will help you decide if Lotus 1-2-3 is the right software for you or your business. All the tutorials and reading won't give you the actual feel of the software. You need to be able to put in the things you need to do with the software to be able to judge whether it will meet your needs.

Buy Lotus 1-2-3. Look outt the prices in your local stores--like Comp USA and Office Max--and check the prices online. Amazon and Ebay will probably have the software discounted and you may be able to get it for less than you would pay for Excel.


  • check Lotus 1-2-3 has many features that Microsoft Excel has and is less expensive.
  • check Some of the features in Lotus 1-2-3 are easier to use than Excel.