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Creating Your First Spreadsheet
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Creating Your First
Spreadsheet
Every Excel grandmaster needs to start somewhere. In this chapter, you’ll learn
how to create a basic spreadsheet.
First, you’ll learn to move around Excel’s grid of cells, typing in numbers and
text as you go. Next, you’ll take a quick tour of the Excel window, stopping to meet
the different tabs in the ribbon and take a quick peek at the formula bar. Finally,
you’ll get a tour of Excel’s innovative Backstage view —the file-management hub
where you can print your creations, save your work for posterity, open recent files,
and tweak Excel options.
Note: Even if you’re an Excel old-timer, don’t bypass this chapter. Although you already know how to fill
in a simple spreadsheet, you haven’t seen Excel’s Backstage view, which is a completely new feature in
Excel 2010. It gives you a single, streamlined place to perform a whole variety of tasks, most of which have
to do with managing your files.
Creating a Basic Worksheet
When you first launch Excel, it starts you off with a new, blank worksheet , as shown
in Figure 14-1. A worksheet is the grid of cells where you type your information and
formulas. This grid takes up most of the Excel window. It’s where you’ll perform all
your work, such as entering data, writing formulas, and reviewing the results.
Here are a few basics about Excel’s grid:
The grid divides your worksheet into rows and columns . Columns are
identified with letters (A, B, C…), while rows are identified with numbers (1, 2, 3…).
 
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