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A data table in an Excel database file

A data table in an Excel database file

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A database is a collection of related information stored in a computer file in an organized fashion.

The information, or data, is organized in such a way that it can easily be managed, updated, and searched for specific information.

Excel database files are made up of rows of data known as records. All of these records together are called a table.

Related Tutorial: Build a database in Excel

Also Known As: data table, data file
Alternate Spellings: data base
An Excel database can be used to keep track of valuable information such as phone numbers, DVD collections, or a contact list of your organization's members.

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