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Chapter 8: The Basics of Spreadsheets: Numbers, Labels, and Formulas
Chapter 8
The Basics of Spreadsheets:
Numbers, Labels, and Formulas
In This Chapter
Typing and formatting data
Moving around a spreadsheet
Searching a spreadsheet
Editing a spreadsheet
Everyone needs to perform simple math. Businesses need to keep track
of sales and profits, and individuals need to keep track of budgets. In the
old days, people not only had to write down numbers on paper, but they also
had to do all their calculations by hand (or with the aid of a calculator).
That’s why people use Excel. Instead of writing numbers on paper, they can
type numbers on the computer. Instead of adding or subtracting columns or
rows of numbers by hand, Excel can do it for you automatically. Basically,
Excel makes it easy to type and modify numbers and then calculate new
results accurately and quickly.
Besides calculating numbers, spreadsheets can also store lists of data
organized in rows and columns.
Understanding Spreadsheets
Excel organizes numbers in rows and columns. An entire page of rows and
columns is called a spreadsheet or a worksheet. (A collection of one or more
worksheets is stored in a file called a workbook. ) Each row is identified by a
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