A spreadsheet is a document that is entirely made up of rows and columns. It is used to list and analyze data.
Editing and formatting – Excel works much like the tables in MS Word Formulas and functions – Excel allows you to perform calculations and analyze data. Common calculations include: finding the sum, average or total number of items in a list Creating Charts and Graphs – You can create colorful charts and graphs from the data in your worksheet. Excel will automatically update the chart to display any changes you make in your data. =sum(B6:B23) =AVERAGE(F4:F8) =count(B2:B25)
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The Excel Window ROW 3 COLUMN F Column labels Row labels Worksheet tabs Active Cell F 3 Fill handle Menu bar Tool bar Formula Bar gridlines
and the column letter and row number in the headers are raised.
The worksheet is a grid of columns (designated by letters) and rows (designated by numbers). The letters and numbers of the columns and rows (called labels) are displayed in gray buttons across the top and left side of the worksheet. The intersection of a column and a row is called a cell. Each cell on the spreadsheet has a cell address that is the column letter and the row number. Cells can contain either text, numbers, or mathematical formulas.
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Entering Data When you enter data, the characters appear simultaneously in the Formula Bar and cell. The characters do not actually go into the cell until you press Enter or Tab. To enter data into a cell, first click the cell in which you want to enter your information. Then type the data in either the cell or Formula Bar and press Enter or Tab. Pressing Enter moves you to the next cell down, while pressing Tab moves you to the next cell to the right. When working with cells, your mouse pointer becomes a plus icon
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Resize a Column In a cell, text can be any combination of numbers, spaces, and non-numeric characters. If the entered text exceeds the column width it will overlap the boundary into the next column when that column is blank. If the next column already contains data, text that does not fit in the cell is hidden. Clicking the cell, however, reveals its entire contents in the Formula Bar. To increase column width, drag the right side of the column header with the double-headed pointer. To make the column width fit the contents of its widest cell, double-click the boundary on the right side of the column
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Insert/delete a row or column To insert: Select a column to the right of where you want to insert a new one. Or select a row beneath where you want to insert a new one. From the INSERT menu choose row or column. If you want to insert more than one, select more than one column or row. To delete: Select either the row or column you wish to delete and press the del key or choose “delete” from the EDIT menu. You can also access all of these commands from the context menu -RIGHT CLICK!!
Grab any edge with your cursor and drag You can copy and paste by selecting cells – right click to cut or copy Select either the exact number of cells to paste into – or just the very first one – right click to paste
To select the entire worksheet click upper left corner
Formatting your spreadsheet is very similar to formatting in Word.
Many of the same commands work in both.
Remember that before you do any formatting, you must SELECT (highlight) the items to be formatted.
To select individual cells, just click on them
To select adjacent cells. Click and drag to include them
To select several cells which are not adjacent, hold down the Ctrl key and click on each cell to include.
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Formatting Dialog Box This dialog box is very similar to what you learned about in MS Word. You should be able to experiment with the tools found on each of the tabs.
In the lower right hand corner of the active cell is Excel’s “fill handle”.
When you hold your mouse over the top of it, your cursor will turn to a crosshair.
If you have just one cell selected, if you click and drag to fill down a column or across a row, it will copy that number or text to each of the other cells.
If you have two cells selected, Excel will fill in a SERIES. It will complete the pattern. For example, if you
Put 4 and 8 in two cells
Select them
Click and drag the fill handle
Excel will continue the pattern with 12,16,20.etc.
Excel can also auto- fill series of dates, times, days of the week, months
Formulas are entered in the worksheet cell and must begin with an equal sign "=". The formula then includes the addresses of the cells whose values will be manipulated with appropriate operands placed in between. After the formula is typed into the cell, the calculation executes immediately and the formula itself is visible in the formula bar. See the example below to view the formula for calculating the sub total for a number of textbooks. The formula multiplies the quantity and price of each textbook and adds the subtotal for each book.
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Formula Operators There are four basic Mathematical Operators when writing a formula. These operators are used to tell the formula what action to perform. The following table lists the operators, its symbol. The next table lists the order of operation for each mathematical operator. As you begin to write your formulas, keep in mind that information in parenthesis ( ) is always performed first while everything outside the parenthesis is performed left to right. Operator Operation Order of Calculation AND, OR, NOT Logic Test: AND, OR, NOT 1 + or - Positive or Negative Value 2 ^ Exponentiation 3 * or / Multiplication or Division 4 + - Addition or Subtraction 5 & Text Concatenation 6 Logic Test 7 = Equal to 7 <> Not Equal To 7 <= Less than or Equal to 7 >= Greater than or Equal to 7 Operation Symbol Symbol Name Addition + Plus Sign Subtraction - Dash or hyphen Multiplication * Asterisk Division / Forward slash
Built-in Excel Functions can be a faster way of doing mathematical operations than formulas.
Example- if you wanted to add the values of cells D1 through D10, you could type the formula "=D1+D2+D3+D4+D5+D6+D7+D8+D9+D10".
A shorter way would be to use the SUM function and simply type "=SUM(D1:D10)".
SUM( ) function The SUM( ) function is probably the most common function in Excel. It adds a range of numbers. To build a SUM( ) function, begin by typing the = sign; all functions begin with the = sign. Next type the word SUM followed by an open parenthesis. You must now tell Excel which cells to sum. Using the mouse, click and drag over the range of cells you wish to add. A dotted outline will appear around the cells and the cell range will be displayed in the formula bar. When you have the correct cells selected, release the mouse button, type a closing parenthesis and press the <Enter> key. If you do not want to use the mouse, type in the references of the cells you want to sum. For example, to add cells B3 through B5, type =SUM(B3:B5). Excel interprets B3:B5 as the range of cells from B3 to B5. Function Example Description SUM =SUM(A1:A100) finds the sum of cells A1 through A100 AVERAGE =AVERAGE(B1:B10) finds the average of cells B1 through B10 MAX =MAX(C1:C100) returns the highest number from cells C1 through C100 MIN =MIN(D1:D100) returns the lowest number from cells D1 through D100 SQRT =SQRT(D10) finds the square root of the value in cell D10 TODAY =TODAY() returns the current date (leave the parentheses empty)
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Excel has hundreds of prewritten formulas which make it easy to do complex procedures with numbers, dates, times, text, and more. Insert Function
Type a brief description of what you want to do in the Search for a function box. In this example, you could type "mortgage payment" or some other keywords.
Click Go .
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You can also select a function category in the Or select a category box. This action will display a list of related functions, which you can then browse through.
If you'd like help on how to enter the arguments, you could type the function name in the Search for a function box and click OK .
Click the Insert Function button on the formula bar. The Insert Function dialog box opens In the Search for a function box, type a description of what you want to do.
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AutoSum AutoSum button In Excel, the standard toolbar has a button that simplifies adding a column or row of numbers. The AutoSum button, which resembles the Greek letter Sigma (shown above), automatically creates a SUM( ) function. When you click the AutoSum button Excel creates a sum function for the column of numbers directly above or the row of numbers to the left. Excel pastes the SUM( ) function and the range to sum into the formula bar. If the range is not correct, simply select the proper range with your mouse on the worksheet. When you have the correct range entered, press the <Enter> key to complete the function.
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Autofilling Functions Autofill can also be used to copy functions. In the example below, column A and column B each contain lists of numbers and column C contains the sums of columns A and B for each row. The function in cell C2 would be "=SUM(A2:B2)". This function can then be copied to the remaining cells of column C by activating cell C2 and dragging the handle down to fill in the remaining cells. The autofill feature will automatically update the row numbers as shown below if the cells are reference relatively
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Cell Reference There are two basic types of cell references in Excel: relative and absolute. The difference between absolute and relative cell references becomes apparent when you copy formulas from one cell to another. When you copy a formula containing relative references, the references are adjusted to reflect the new location. Absolute references always refer to the same cell, regardless of where the formula is copied. Relative references are the default. To create an absolute reference, type $ before each part of the cell address.
This shows the formulas used to create the order form below. We used the fill handle which usually gives us the relative reference. For the sales tax calculation we needed to use the absolute reference in cell C9 To toggle between seeing the formulas and seeing the results, hold down the Ctrl key and press the tilde ~
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Merge cells A shortcut to merge cells and center data is the icon on the formatting toolbar. Select the cells you want to merge and click the icon on the toolbar
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The Auto Calculate Space Select any cells with numbers in them, the sum of those numbers automatically display in the “auto Calc” space.
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Page Set Up Tips Two handy items in the PAGE SETUP dialog box (under the FILE menu) Fit to ___ pages Excel will fit your document into the number of pages you specify. If you are working on a chart or diagram that is just a bit over the size for a page, checking the “fit to” button will shrink your document proportionally to fit. Print your document without those pesky grey gridlines by unchecking the button on the “Sheet” tab of the page setup dialog box.
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Charts A chart is a graphic representation of data. Charts are often used to make large quantities of data more easily understandable, and recognizable on first view. Charts represent data in different ways depending on the type of data that is presented. Sem girls come from all over Western New York
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Chart Wizard Select all the cells containing the data you want to chart. Click the Chart Wizard button on the Standard toolbar.
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The Chart Wizard will present a selection of chart types, each of which includes several subtypes. If none of these options suits your needs, you can click the Custom Types tab to access a list of specialized chart types. Click Next, and the Chart Wizard will present a screen verifying the range of data you want to include in your chart. You can change the range if necessary—just click in your worksheet and drag to select the appropriate cells.
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Click Next again, and the Chart Wizard will present options that govern which elements are included in your chart. For instance, you can click the Titles tab and enter a title for the chart and for the chart axes. Click Next once more to advance to the Chart Wizard’s final screen. Here you can specify whether to insert the chart on its own chart sheet or embed it on a worksheet. If you select the first option, type a new sheet name in the As New Sheet: text box. If you select the second option, just use the As Object In: drop-down list to choose the sheet where you want the chart to appear. (The current sheet is the default.) After you make a selection, click Finish. Excel will create your new chart.
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After you’ve created a chart, you can still modify any specification made while running the Chart Wizard. The Chart menu and the Chart toolbar, which appear whenever a chart or chart sheet is selected, include options that correspond to the choices the Wizard offers. You can also click the Chart Wizard button to run the wizard again and revise their original choices. You can right click to format any item on your chart. The format dialog box should be familiar to you by now!