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Chapter 8: The Basics of Spreadsheets: Numbers, Labels, and Formulas
number such as 1 or 249; and each column is identified by letters, such as A,
G, or BF. The intersection of each row and column defines a cell, which
contains one of three items:
Numbers
Text (labels)
Formulas
Numbers provide the data, and formulas calculate that data to produce a
useful result, such as adding sales results for the week. Of course, just
displaying numbers on the screen may be confusing if you don’t know what
those numbers mean, so labels simply identify what numbers represent.
Figure 8-1 shows the parts of a typical spreadsheet.
Formulas usually appear as numbers, so at first glance, it may be difficult to
tell the difference between ordinary numbers and numbers that represent a
calculation by a formula.
The strength of spreadsheets comes by playing “What-if?” games with your
data, such as “What if I gave myself a $20-per-hour raise and cut everyone
else’s salary by 25%? How much money would that save the company every
month?” Because spreadsheets can rapidly calculate new results, you can
experiment with different numbers to see how they create different answers.
Labels
Figure 8-1:
The parts
of a typical
spreadsheet.
Formulas
Numbers
 
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