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INTRODUCTION TO SPREADSHEETS BTEC 149—Computer Applications Essentials

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Primarily used to: Organize numerical data Calculate mathematical equations Reduce effort by eliminating unnecessary repeat steps (over time)

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Some terms you should know when working with Excel spreadsheets... Workbook An Excel file Worksheet (Synonymous with Spreadsheet) A sheet within a workbook on which you can calculate, manipulate, and analyze data (numbers & text) Excel, by default, opens a workbook with three worksheets, but you can add more—up to a total of 255 worksheets per workbook.

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More terms you should know when working with Excel spreadsheets... Column The vertical sections of a spreadsheet; labeled with letters at the topletters Row The horizontal sections of a spreadsheet; labeled with numbers at the leftnumbers Cell Intersection of a row and a column; the box into which data is entered (the basic unit of a worksheet)box Range A series of two or more adjacent cellsadjacent cells

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More terms you should know when working with Excel spreadsheets... Text— Data entered into a spreadsheet in words or numbers not meant to be manipulated default alignment is left Default alignment is right Value (numbers)— Data entered into a spreadsheet for the purpose of manipulationnumbers Value (numbers)— Data entered into a spreadsheet for the purpose of manipulationnumbers

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Numbers can only contain… 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 + - ( ), /. $ % E e

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More terms you should know when working with Excel spreadsheets... equal sign (=) Formula A sequence that produces a new value from existing values; always begins with an equal sign (=) Function A built-in formula that takes a value or values, uses them to perform an operation, and returns a result to the cell; simple functions have an abbreviated word after the equal sign followed by the range =SUM(A1:A3) (Example: =SUM(A1:A3) would add the values in cells A1, A2, and A3)

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More terms you should know when working with Excel spreadsheets... Formula Bar A bar at the top of the Excel window that is used to enter or edit values and formulas in cells or charts. It displays the constant value or formula contained in the active cellbar Name Box A text box at the top of the Excel window that shows the address of the active cell of the spreadsheettext box

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