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Excel® 2010 Workbook for Dummies® by Greg Harvey

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Chapter 2. Entering the Spreadsheet Data

In This Chapter

  • Launching Excel and opening a new workbook

  • Moving around the workbook

  • Selecting cell ranges in a worksheet

  • Doing simple data entry in a worksheet

  • Using AutoFill to create data series and copy formulas

  • Saving the spreadsheet as an Excel workbook file

Data entry is the bread and butter of any spreadsheet you create or edit. As a result of doing the exercises in this chapter, you will have practice in launching Excel, moving around a new spreadsheet, the many aspects of doing data entry, and, most importantly, saving your work.

Launching Excel

Excel 2010 is only one of the primary application programs included as part of Microsoft Office 2010. In order to be proficient in its use, you need to be familiar with all the various ways of launching the program.

Note

Q:

How many ways are there to start Excel 2010?

A:

You should be familiar with all these methods:

  • Click Start on the Windows taskbar and then highlight All Programs and click Microsoft Office before clicking Microsoft Excel 2010. If you're using Windows 7 or Vista, you can also click the Start button, type exc in the Start Search text box and then press Enter while the Microsoft Excel 2010 option is selected at the top of the Programs menu.

  • Double-click the Microsoft Excel 2010 program shortcut icon on your Windows desktop.

  • Click the Microsoft Excel 2010 button on the Windows 7 taskbar. If you're using Vista or Windows XP, you click the Microsoft Excel 2010 button on Windows Quick Launch ...

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