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3-dimensional formula A formula that refers to cells in other worksheets.

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Absolute cell reference The exact location of a cell without regard to the location of the formula that contains it. A dollar sign ($) precedes the column and row reference.

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Accounting format A numeric format that displays numbers with leading dollar signs ($) and thousands separators (,), positioned in the cells so that the dollar signs and decimals are aligned vertically.

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Active cell The cell that will be affected by the action you perform. The active cell contains the cell pointer.

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Active worksheet The worksheet containing the active cell.

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Argument The data you use in a function to produce a value. Each function requires at least one argument.

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Attribute A characteristic of text formatting, such as bold, italics, or underline.

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AutoCalculate A feature that calculates the total, average, or other basic mathematical results, for a selected range. The AutoCalculate results displays in the status bar.

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AutoFill A method you use to copy data from a cell or range to adjacent cells or ranges by dragging the fill handle at the lower-right corner of the cell or range. You can also use AutoFill to complete a numeric or text series, such as 1, 2, 3, or Jan, Feb, Mar.

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AutoFit a feature that determines the correct column widths for the data contained within the selected range.

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AVERAGE function A function used to average a range of numeric values.

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Cell The intersection of a column and row in a worksheet.

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Cell reference The location of a cell, consisting of a column letter and a row number.

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Comma format A numeric format that displays numbers with thousands separators (,) and a specified number of decimal places.

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Contiguous range A range in which all the cells in the series are adjacent.

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Currency format A numeric format that displays numbers with leading dollar signs ($) and thousands separators (,).

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Date format A numeric format you use to enter a date into a cell.

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Destination cell The cell in which you paste cut or copied data.

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Drag-and-drop A method you use to copy or move a selected range by dragging it from one location and placing it at another location in the worksheet.

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Fill handle The square at the lower-right corner of the selected cell. You drag the fill handle to copy the contents of the selected cell to adjacent cells.

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Formula A worksheet entry that performs a calculation. A formula must begin with an equal sign (=).

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Formula bar Displays the contents of the active cell.

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Function A pre-defined formula that performs special or advanced calculations.

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Function name A word or abbreviation you use to identify a function.

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Function wizard A tool that guides you through each step of function creation and helps to eliminate potential errors or omissions that can occur when typing the full syntax of a function.

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Gridlines Vertical and horizontal lines that extend across the worksheet and define the cells.

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Insertion point A vertical line appearing in a selected cell or the formula bar that indicates where text will be entered or keyboard actions applied.

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Name box The box located at the left end of the formula bar that displays the cell reference of an active cell.

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Non-contiguous range A range in which not all cells are adjacent.

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Number format A numeric format that displays numbers with a specified number of decimal places.

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Operators Symbols you use in formulas that perform mathematical operations, such as addition (+), subtraction (-), multiplication (*), division (/), and exponentiation (^).

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Percent format A numeric format that displays numbers as percentages with trailing percent symbols (%) and a specified number of decimal places.

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Range A series of one or more cells, contiguous or non-contiguous, upon which you perform operations, such as moving or copying. You specify a range by highlighting the cells or by typing the cell references.

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Sheet tabs Tabs containing the names of the individual worksheets within a workbook. You move between worksheets by clicking on the sheet tabs. The tab for the active worksheet displays in bold.

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Shortcut menu A pop-up menu that displays commands related to the current selection. You display the shortcut menu by right-clicking on a cell, range, or other worksheet items.

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Spreadsheet A grid of rows and columns in which you enter data and perform numerical calculations.

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Standard toolbar A set of shortcut buttons you use for common commands, located by default beneath the menu bar.

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Status bar Displays messages about the active worksheet selection

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SUM function A function you use to total a range of numeric values.

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Workbook The electronic file in which you work and store data.

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Workbook title bar The bar containing the name of the current workbook that displays at the top of the workbook window.

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Worksheet The area of a workbook in which you enter and manipulate data. An Excel worksheet contains a grid of 256 columns by 65,536 rows.

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