Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Saving your spreadsheet
Have fun with this. It doesn’t matter what you type or where you type it. The
main thing is to get used to moving around the screen.
Most of the time, you can just use the cursor keys or mouse, but when you’re
working on large spreadsheets, some of those other keys can come in handy.
Excel doesn’t mind which cells you use, or which order you use them in. It’s not
like a Word document, where one paragraph is expected to follow another. It’s
more like laying out notes on your desk, where you can put things in places that
make sense to you. Leave cells empty in the middle if you like. There are plenty of
them to spare!
So far, it looks like all you can do is put words all over the screen, so let’s start our
project properly. To clear a cell again, you put your cursor on it and then press the
Delete key on the keyboard. Tidy up the screen, and we can begin.
If you’ve gone wild and have really made a mess, you can start a new
spreadsheet. Click the File tab (Offi ce 2010) or the Offi ce button (Offi ce 2007) and
select New, then Blank Workbook.
Saving your spreadsheet
In Excel, you save your fi les exactly the same way as you do in Word: frequently!
Use the backstage area (in Offi ce 2010) or the Offi ce button (in Offi ce 2007) to
save your fi le, and you can then use the keyboard shortcut (CTRL+S) or the disk
icon at the top left of the screen to update your fi le (both versions of Microsoft
Offi ce).
I won’t remind you to save again in this project, so whenever you’ve done
something that you don’t want to lose, make sure you remember to save!
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