In this chapter
Taking a tour of an Excel spreadsheet
Learning about cells and other spreadsheet elements
Working with numbers and text
Working with rows and columns
In the good old days of bookkeeping and accounting, Bob Cratchet entered numbers by hand in a big ledger book and totaled them by the light of a flickering candle.
Fortunately, those days are gone, and we have much better ways to keep track of numbers, charts, formulas, and all sorts of other information. Microsoft’s answer is Excel, one of the applications included in the Office suite. This chapter takes you on a tour of spreadsheets in general and Excel in particular to help you learn what this handy application is all about.