Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Starting a New Workbook
Creating a Basic
Active cell
Figure 14-2:
Here, the current cell is
C6. You can recognize
the current (or active)
cell based on its heavy
black border. You’ll
also notice that the
corresponding column
letter (C) and row
number (6) are
highlighted at the edges
of the worksheet. Just
above the worksheet,
on the left side of the
window, the formula
bar tells you the active
cell address.
The best way to get a feel for Excel is to dive right in and start putting together a
worksheet. The following sections cover each step that goes into assembling a simple
worksheet. This one tracks household expenses, but you can use the same approach
to create any basic worksheet.
Starting a New Workbook
When you fire up Excel, it opens a fresh workbook file. If you’ve already got Excel open
and want to create another workbook, just choose File New. You’ll see a variety of
options for creating specialized types of spreadsheets. But to get started with a blank
canvas, keep “Blank workbook” selected and click the Create button, as shown Figure 14-3.
Note: A workbook is a collection of one or more worksheets. That distinction isn’t terribly important now
because you’re using only a single worksheet in each workbook you create. For now, all you need to know
is that the worksheet is the grid of cells where you place your data, and the workbook is the spreadsheet
file that you save on your computer.
You don’t need to pick the file name for your workbook when you first create it.
Instead, that decision happens later, when you save your workbook (page 369). For
now, you start with a blank canvas that’s ready to receive your numerical insights.
Note: Creating new workbooks doesn’t disturb what you’ve already done. Whatever workbook you were
using remains open in another window. You can use the taskbar to move from one workbook to the other.
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