Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Appendix B: Glossary
font A font is a design for letters, numbers and other symbols in a similar style.
When you change the font used on a piece of text, you change the shape of
all the letters in it. You might have an ornate font that makes your text look
like handwriting, or a font that makes your text look like a newspaper
headline, for instance. Examples of fonts are Times New Roman and Arial. The
Fonts group on the Home ribbon also includes formatting controls, such as
bold, underline and italics.
format painter A tool that enables you to copy the formatting from one part of
the document and apply it to another.
formatting Changing the appearance of text, spreadsheet cells or other
formula A formula is used when you want Excel to calculate the value that
should be in a cell. For example, you might use a formula that calculates the
sterling value (from the euro value in one cell and the exchange rate in
another). You enter the formula into the cell where you would like its result
to appear.
formula bar In Excel, this enables you to edit the contents of any cell easily,
whether or not it contains a formula. The formula bar is between the ribbon
and the spreadsheet.
gridlines A grid that is used to help with layout; it does not usually appear on
the printed document, but you can print gridlines in Excel to make it easier
to read your spreadsheets on the printed page.
header In Excel, a header is a title for a column that describes what is in it. You
type the headers into the spreadsheet.
heading In Excel, a heading is the label for a row or column that Excel puts
outside your spreadsheet. The heading for the fi rst column says ‘A’ and the
heading for the second row says ‘2’. In Word, heading styles are used to
structure a document by indicating the relative importance of the different
Home ribbon The Home ribbon contains the basic controls in a Microsoft
Offi ce application. It includes basic formatting controls, and cut and paste.
You fi nd it by clicking the Home tab above the ribbon.
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