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The First Excel Dashboard Report

Excel dashboard reports have been around a lot longer than you might think. This page, from 1990, is from the first set of reports that included an Excel dashboard.


by Charley Kyd, MBA
Microsoft Excel MVP, 2005-2014
The Father of Spreadsheet Dashboard Reports

Strictly speaking, this isn't my first Excel dashboard report. But it's from the first package of dashboard reports I created to show the power that Excel offered back then.

Lotus 1-2-3 dominated the spreadsheet market at that point. So I created this report to show the power that Excel offered.

I created this report with Excel 2.0. But because Excel 3.0 was introduced in December, 1990, I probably printed this page using that version of the product.

In the early versions, Excel charting was extremely limited. So to create this report, I wrote macros that generated each chart in a separate workbook, copied its image to the report, generated the second chart, copied its image, and so on.

This was not a practical way to generate dashboards!

Today, of course, Excel dashboards are much more powerful and much easier to use. Today, you can generate your first dashboard report in a few hours. This is one of the reasons that Excel users in more than half the countries in the world use my Excel dashboard products.

The first Excel dashboard report, created by Charley Kyd in 1990 with Excel 2.0.

 

 

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