A spreadsheet in MS Excel is basically a worksheet which is divided into rows and columns to store data related to business inventories, income, and expenses, debits and credits. Today’s business world uses electronic spreadsheets in place of antiquated paper-based worksheets.
You can change the value stored in a spreadsheet cell. Changing the value in old-fashioned paper-based worksheet was toilsome as it created tedious manual recalculation.
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- What is MS Excel Spreadsheet made up of
What is MS Excel Spreadsheet made up of
An MS Excel spreadsheet is made up of three things-rows, columns, and their intersections, cells. Columns are typically labeled using letters (A, B, C, D, …) and rows are typically labeled using numbers (1, 2, 3, 4, …). An intersection of a column and a row makes a cell in an MS Excel spreadsheet.
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What is an MS Excel Spreadsheet Column
In an MS Excel spreadsheet, the column is the vertical space that is going up and down the spreadsheet. The highlighted part of the following spreadsheet is a column and it is labeled B.
What is an MS Excel Spreadsheet Row
In an MS Excel spreadsheet, the row is the horizontal space that is going across the spreadsheet. The highlighted part of the following spreadsheet is a row and it is labeled number 5.
What is MS Excel Spreadsheet Cell
In an MS Excel spreadsheet, a cell is a place where a column and a row intersect. Every cell is assigned an address with its column letter and row number. Remember column letter will come first and row number will be placed second in a cell’s address. An Excel 2013 spreadsheet is made up of more than 17 billion cells.
Last Cell in an MS Excel Spreadsheet
In an Excel 2013 spreadsheet, column letters range from A to XFD, total 16,384 columns and row numbers range from 1 to 10, 48,576. The last cell address is then XFD1048576 in an Excel spreadsheet.
What is MS Excel Spreadsheet-the Data Types you can store in the Cells
A modern spreadsheet is made up of a huge number of cells. A Microsoft’s Excel 2013 spreadsheet holds more than 17 billion cells. A cell holds three basic types of data:
- A numeric value:
A numeric value can be a general number, a scientific number, date, time, or a formatted number. Dates (such as Feb-26-2013) or times (such as 3:24 a.m.) are considered as numeric values.
Texts can be labels for values, headings for columns, or instructions about a spreadsheet. Text if begins with numbers or text with numbers is still considered text. For example ‘6/1 Block C’ is text ‘as well as Block C, 6/1’.
- A formula:
Formulas are what make a spreadsheet a spreadsheet. When you enter a formula into a cell, the formula’s result appears in the cell. Formulas can be simple mathematical expressions, or they can use some of the powerful functions that are built into Excel.
What is MS Excel Spreadsheet Invisible Draw Layer
An MS Excel spreadsheet can also hold charts, diagrams, pictures, buttons, and other objects. But these objects aren’t contained in cells. Instead, they reside on the worksheet’s draw layer, which is an invisible layer on top of each worksheet.
Excel is the most used spreadsheet program in the world and industry standard. There are other Excel programs but Excel is the most popular.