Spreadsheet
Basics

What is a Spreadsheet?

A spreadsheet (or worksheet) is an arrangement of cells in columns and rows used to organize, analyze, calculate, and report information, usually in numerical form.A workbook is a file which contains one or more spreadsheets.Daily Uses of Spreadsheets:

§Balancing a checkbook

§Calculating car loans

§Calculating student grades (helping students keep up with their grades)

§Household budgets

Why would a business use spreadsheets?

§Payroll

§Financial statements for a business (profit/loss)Cell – individual locations on a spreadsheet

(intersection of a row and column)

§Column— identified by letters of the alphabet (vertical)

§Column A refers to all of the contents in a vertical range of cells in the first column of the spreadsheet.

§Row— identified by numbers (horizontal)

§Row 3 refers to all of the contents in a horizontal range of cells on Row 3

Cell Range:

  • A4:A16 refers to a group of adjacent cells
  • A Range is a group/block of cells.
  • example: A6:E16 refers to a range of cells in a specific spreadsheet.
  • Cell Address: a specific location

  • Cell A4 = Cell address
  • It is the Column letter and Row number.
  • The cell address is also called the cell reference.
  • Active cell:

  • The cell that is selected
  • It is the cell that is ready to receive information
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