More Excel Basics

| Community | June 14, 2018

Last week, I started introducing various things people need to understand about Microsoft Excel. This week, I continue that with some basic terms: “row,” “column,” “cell,” “worksheet” and “workbook.”

If you open a blank Excel sheet, you’ll see numbers going down the left side. These correspond to various rows. The letters A, B, C and so forth running across correspond to the columns.

If you pick any individual rectangle where any column or row meet, that individual rectangle is the cell, and it is here that the dates, numbers, words or formulas which make up your data are entered.

Think of cells like atoms. Atoms are the basic building blocks of life; cells are the basic building blocks of Excel.
When you first open up Excel, a blank spreadsheet appears. This is also called a worksheet. There’s a tab at the bottom that says “Sheet1,” meaning this is the first worksheet. The “+” that’s next to it allows you to add more worksheets.

When we’re all done with all our worksheets, they make up the workbook. (Notice also that when you first open Excel, the file is called “Workbook1” because this is the first workbook. When you save this workbook and give it a different name, it becomes your workbook’s name.


When we were children, we sometimes were given workbooks, which were paperback textbooks, often were issued together with hard-bound textbooks, that illustrated problems and concepts and lessons that we needed to know and understand. One big difference between workbooks and textbooks was that we could – and were expected to – write in the workbooks, but suffer the teacher’s wrath if you wrote in the textbook.
Workbooks were made up of worksheets, which were the various pages that we would write in.

The same concept applies to Microsoft Excel. The main difference between a school worksheet and an Excel worksheet is that an Excel sheet starts blank, letting you enter the data you need. And remember, there is almost no limit to the kinds of data you can enter.

Become Excel-lent and see the great many things Excel can do for you.

For more information on how to find the right Excel developer, contact Warren Schultz at warren@tapsolutions.net or call him at 818-281-7628. Visit his website at TAPSolutions.net.

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Warren Schultz from TAP Solutions has been in business since 1999 and in the programming field since 1983. Warren is a MS Excel Specialist who does Excel Support and Development. Warren also develops website that help you be found on the web and represent your company in the way you want it to be seen. For any questions please call Warren at 818-281-7628 or e-mail me at Warren@tapsolutions.net. Additional information can be found at www.TAPSolutions.nett

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