Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
So What Ya Gonna Put in That New Workbook of Yours?
The template thumbnails begin with a Blank Workbook template immediately
followed by a Take a Tour template. After that, you find thumbnails for a
bunch of commonly used workbooks, ranging from budgets to calendars. If
none of the example workbooks offered by this list of templates suits your
needs, you can use the Search Online Templates text box to find many more
templates of a specific type. Right below, you can also click any of the links
(Budget, Invoice, Calendars, and so on) in the Suggested Searches to bring up
and display a whole hoard of templates of a particular type.
I highly recommend opening the Take a Tour template at some point early in
your exploration of Excel 2013. When you click its template thumbnail, Excel
immediately opens a new Welcome to Excel1 workbook replete with five
worksheets: Start, Fill, Analyze, Chart, and Learn More. The Fill worksheet lets you
try out the new Flash Fill feature discussed later in this chapter. The Analyze
worksheet lets you experiment with the new Quick Analysis feature covered
in Chapter 3. The Chart worksheet lets you test the new Recommended Charts
feature discussed in Chapter 10. After playing with any or all of these new
features, you can close the Welcome to Excel1 workbook without saving
your changes.
When you select one of the template thumbnails in the Excel 2013 start
screen other than Blank Workbook and Take a Tour, Excel opens a dialog
box that contains a larger version of the template thumbnail along with the
name, a brief description, download size, and rating. To then download the
template and create a new workbook from it in Excel, you click the Create
button. If, on perusing the information in this dialog box, you decide that this
isn’t the template you want to use after all, click the Close button or simply
press Esc.
To start a new workbook devoid of any labels and data, you click the Blank
Workbook template in the Excel 2013 start screen. When you do, Excel opens
a new workbook automatically named Book1. This workbook contains a
single blank worksheet, automatically named Sheet1. To begin to work on a
new spreadsheet, you simply start entering information in the Sheet1
worksheet of the Book1 workbook window.
The ins and outs of data entry
Here are a few simple guidelines (a kind of data-entry etiquette, if you will)
to keep in mind when you create a spreadsheet in Sheet1 of your new blank
workbook:
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