Get more from your data—upgrade from Excel 2010 to Excel 2016

Are you using Excel 2010? Now you can create and format spreadsheets, analyze and visualize data, and make more informed decisions using Excel 2016.

With an Office 365 subscription, you get the all-new Excel, together with other Office 2016 apps—including Word, PowerPoint, and OneNote—on multiple PCs, Macs, and other devices. Each user gets 1 TB of OneDrive cloud storage, 24/7 tech support, and more.

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Microsoft Excel—the world’s most widely used spreadsheet program

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Release and support

Excel 2010 was released in July 2010, and extended support ends October 2020. You can find more release and support details in the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy.

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Find the help you need

Visit the Office support site for book excerpts, tutorials, and help topics on Excel. You can also join the Office community to ask a question or start a discussion.

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Stay in the know

Keep on top of what’s new in the Office Blog. Learn about feature updates and get tips for staying productive and creating professional spreadsheets, charts, and data visualizations with ease.

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Excel 2010 features and highlights

User interface changes

  • The ribbon, introduced in Office 2007, can be personalized in Excel 2010. Create custom tabs and groups and change the order or rename the built-in tabs.
  • The File tab was added to open Office Backstage view, where you can create and open files, print, set Excel options, and more.
  • The trusted documents feature makes it easier to open workbooks and other documents that contain active content. And protected view lets you make more informed decisions about opening a file.

Interactive data analysis features

  • Features like slicers and sparklines were added to help you filter data intuitively and summarize trends visually.
  • Improved conditional formatting and new icon sets make it easier to highlight interesting ranges of data.
  • PivotTables are much easier to use and more responsive than previous versions—with faster data retrieval and enhanced filtering.

Worksheet features and functions

  • Excel 2010 included more accurate statistical and other functions. Some existing functions were renamed to better describe what they do.
  • Equation editing tools are useful for inserting common mathematical equations into worksheets or building your own equations using a library of math symbols.
  • Improved artistic effects and picture-editing tools help you communicate your ideas using photos, drawings, and SmartArt.

What’s new in Excel 2016 + Office 365

Excel 2016 has all the professional spreadsheet features you know and love, plus enhancements and new features available only in Office 365.

Collaborate with ease

With 1 TB of OneDrive storage, you can store, share, and co-author Excel workbooks with colleagues. Work together across multiple devices using Excel Online and see others’ changes as they make them in real time.

Take Excel on the go

Review and edit files at work, home, or anywhere in between with Office mobile apps. Get a familiar user interface optimized for iOS®, Android™, and Windows mobile devices.

Get a clearer picture of your data

Quickly discover and compare different ways to represent your data, and let Excel recommend charts and graphs that best illustrate your data patterns. New one-click forecasting makes it easier to predict and chart future values using existing data.

Stay up to date

With an active Office 365 subscription, you’ll always have the latest Office apps, features, and services. Get the installed applications you know and trust—including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.

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Excel features

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One-click forecasting

Create forecast charts based on existing data and predict future trends with a simple click.

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Flash fill

Easily reformat, rearrange, and extract information from imported data.

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Recommended charts

Excel recommends charts that are best for your data. Preview and pick the one you want.

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Mobile productivity on any device

Try the Office mobile apps and get more done on the go. Create, edit, and share your work anywhere, across all your devices.

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Simplified sharing

Click Share right in your workbook for easy sharing via email or OneDrive. See who has access to a given file, and change permissions for any file you own.

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Always up to date

Always have the latest Office apps, features, and services.

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Excel 2010 resources

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Download and install Office 2010 using an existing product key.

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Excel 2010 help topics

Find user guides, training, and other support for Excel 2010.

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Other versions of Office

Learn about other versions of Office and how you can upgrade to the new Office 365.

Frequently asked questions

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Office 2010 suites include applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; they are available as a one-time purchase for use on a single PC.

Office 365 plans include 2016 versions of these applications plus other services that are enabled over the Internet, including online storage with OneDrive and Skype minutes for home use. With Office 365 you get the full, installed Office experience on PCs, Macs, tablets (including iPad® and Android™ tablet) and phones. Office 365 plans are available as a monthly or annual subscription. Learn more.

Office supports PCs running Windows 7 or higher and Macs running Mac OS X 10.10 for Office 2007 for Mac. For more information, including requirements for Apple® and Android™ tablets, view full system requirements for Office 365.

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However, Internet access is required to install and activate all the latest releases of Office suites and all Office 365 subscription plans. For Office 365 plans, Internet access is also needed to manage your subscription account, for example to install Office on other PCs or to change billing options. Internet access is also required to access documents stored on OneDrive, unless you install the OneDrive desktop app.

You should also connect to the Internet regularly to keep your version of Office up to date and benefit from automatic upgrades. If you don’t connect to the Internet at least every 39 days, your applications will go into reduced functionality mode, which means that you can view or print your documents but cannot edit the documents or create new ones. To reactivate your Office applications, reconnect to the Internet.

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If you cancel your subscription or it expires, you can still access and download all your files by signing in to OneDrive directly using the Microsoft account you used to set up Office 365. You do lose the additional storage that comes with your subscription, so you must save your files elsewhere or buy more OneDrive storage if your OneDrive account exceeds the free storage quota.

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