Spreadsheet Software

Spreadsheet software refers to Application software packages that are used for calculations, including the creation of graphs.

Examples of spreadsheet software applications include: Microsoft Excel, Lotus 1-2-3, KSpread, Apple Numbers, OpenOffice.org  Calc, Kingsoft Spreadsheets, Quattro Pro, Ability Spreadsheet, etc.

Working With The Microsoft Excel Window

Active cell / Selected cell – An active is the cell you are currently working on. The cell with a thick outline.

Cell Reference – The column letter and the row number of a cell

A formula must always start with “=” sign and what the calculations for each cell

Grid Lines – The horizontal and vertical lines on the spreadsheet

Sheet tabs – Tabs that identify the worksheets in a workbook

Spreadsheets – a grid that organizes data in rows and columns.

Value – A number that can be entered into a cell

Workbook – A group of many worksheets

Worksheet – One page of a spreadsheet that contains up to 65,536 rows and 256 columns

Name Box – The Name Box is located next to the formula bar above the worksheet area. The Name Box displays the cell reference of the active cell. 

  1. Toolbars  are located at the top under the main Menu bar
  2. Formula Bar is located under the toolbars
  3. A single “grid”, or page, is usually referred to as a worksheet. The current  worksheet is the main area of the window
  4. Task pane is the panel to the right of the worksheet.
  1. Status bar is located at the bottom of the window
  2. Columns – The vertical segments that you see on the spreadsheet are called columns.
  3. Rows – The horizontal segments are referred to as rows.
  4. Cells – Each box that is created from a row and column intersecting is referred to as a cell.
  5. Scroll bars – A worksheet is too large. Scroll bars are used to roll or navigate to other parts of the worksheet that are not visible.