Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Getting Started and Getting Around the Worksheet
part of a workbook . A workbook, simply put, is really Excel’s name for a file, the kind of object you’ll find
listed in My Documents, e.g., familybudget.xlsx. What Microsoft Word calls a document , then, is what
Excel calls a workbook.
By default, the workbook is outfitted with three identical-looking worksheets, all of which are
represented by tabs (not the kind we explored in detail last chapter) in the lower-left corner of the
workbook, as shown in Figure 2–2:
Figure 2–2. Keeping tabs on the worksheets
You can supplement these three start-off worksheets with additional ones if you wish, or delete
them (though you can’t delete all of them, of course; otherwise you’d have nothing left), and you can
even hide a worksheet. Why might you need to use several worksheets? For example, a university
professor might want to assign a sheet to each of the classes she’s teaching, listing each roster of
students and their grades on each sheet. And for ease of data entry and review, all the sheets could be
designed and formatted identically.
As you can see, the worksheet comprises an enormous grid, criss-crossed by lettered columns and
numbered rows. Each intersection of a column and row is called a cell , each of which in turn bears an
address identified very simply by its unique combination of column letter and row number. Thus in ,
Figure 2–3 the cell pointer —that thick-bordered rectangle that gallivants across the worksheet—finds
itself in cell C7:
Figure 2–3. Selecting cell C7
You’ll note of course how the respective C column and 7 row headings have changed colors,
denoting the current position of the cell pointer. A little less obvious, though, is the C7 (it’s never 7C, by
the way) posted in the upper left of the screen shot. As you can see, that sliver of space up there, called
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