Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Parts of the Excel window
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The Excel window contains many of the components that you find in other Windows
programs, including a title bar, a menu bar, scroll bars, and a status bar. The Excel win-
dow also contains features that are unique to Excel. Within the Excel program window is
another window, referred to as the workbook window or worksheet window . The work-
sheet window provides a grid of columns and rows , and the intersection of a column and
row is called a cell . Each cell is identified by a cell reference , which is its column and
row location. For example, the cell reference B6 indicates that the cell is located where
column B and row 6 intersect. The column letter is always first in the cell reference: B6 is
a correct reference; 6B is not. The cell in which you are working is called the active cell .
Excel identifies the active cell by outlining it with a dark border. In Figure 1-3, cell A1 is
the active cell. Notice that the cell reference for the active cell appears in the Name box
next to the Formula bar . You can change the active cell by selecting another cell in the
worksheet. As you review the layout of the Excel window shown in Figure 1-3, refer to
Figure 1-4 for a description of each component.