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Choosing a Select Group of Cells
Choosing a Select Group of Cells
Given the monotonously rectangular nature of the worksheet and its
components, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to find that all the cell selections you
make in the worksheet have the same kind of cubist feel to them. After all,
worksheets are just blocks of cells of varying numbers of columns and rows.
A cell selection (or cell range ) is whatever collection of neighboring cells you
choose to format or edit. The smallest possible cell selection in a worksheet
is just one cell: the so-called active cell. The cell with the cell cursor is really
just a single cell selection. The largest possible cell selection in a worksheet
is all the cells in that worksheet (the whole enchilada, so to speak). Most
of the cell selections you need for formatting a worksheet will probably fall
somewhere in between, consisting of cells in several adjacent columns
and rows.
Excel shows a cell selection in the worksheet by highlighting in color the
entire block of cells within the extended cell cursor, except for the active
cell that keeps its original color. (Figure 3-1 shows several cell selections of
different sizes and shapes.)
Figure 3-1:
Several cell
selections
of various
shapes
and sizes.
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