In This Chapter
Creating an Excel workbook
Understanding what a worksheet is
Entering text as well as numeric, date, and time data
Using the AutoFill command to enter lists and serial data
Setting up data-validation rules
This chapter introduces Microsoft Excel, the official number cruncher of Office 2016. The purpose of Excel is to track, analyze, and tabulate numbers. Use the program to project profits and losses, formulate a budget, or analyze Elvis sightings in North America. Doing the setup work takes time, but after you enter the numbers and tell Excel how to tabulate them, you’re on Easy Street. Excel does the math for you. All you have to do is kick off your shoes, sit back, and see how the numbers stack up.
This chapter explains what a workbook and a worksheet is, and how rows and columns on a worksheet determine where cell addresses are. You also discover tips and tricks for entering data quickly in a worksheet and how to construct data-validation ...