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Exploring the Excel Window
Exploring the Excel Window
Previously, you may have used a paper,
pencil, and calculator to track information,
whether to figure a simple calculation or track a
list of items in alphabetical order. Excel handles
those tasks and many more, including complex
calculations. At first glance, however, the Excel
opening screen can appear very intimidating with all its
buttons, options, rows, and columns. Once you
understand the purpose for those options, you will
feel much more comfortable with the Excel screen.
Name box Current cell Formula bar
Identifying Screen Elements
As mentioned in Chapter 1, many items that you
see when you open a new worksheet (also called a
spreadsheet) are standard to most Microsoft Office
programs. You see the Ribbon with its tabs and
groups, and you see the status bar at the bottom of
the window. However, the following list illustrates
a few elements that are specific to Excel (see
Figure 8-1).
Figure 8-1
The Excel screen.
Worksheet area: A rectangular grid
consisting of rows and columns. Columns are
labels with letters across the top, and rows
are indicated by numbers.
Cell: The intersection of a row and a
column, also known as a cell address. When
referring to a cell address, Excel references
the column letter first, then the row
number. For example, Excel refers to a cell
address as C13 not 13C. The current cell has
a heavy border around it.
Edit line: The edit line consists of three
parts: the Name box, the Insert Function
button, and the Formula bar.
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