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Chapter 10. Spreadsheets

Maria Langer (ML) is the chapter editor and author.

Sharon Zardetto Aker (SA), Christian Boyce (CB), Elizabeth Castro (EC), Dennis Cohen (DC), and Eve Gordon (EG) contributed to earlier editions of The Macintosh Bible, from which portions of this chapter are taken.

The first breakthrough software package for the personal computer, VisiCalc, was a spreadsheet program. It became wildly successful and made people realize that perhaps there was money in selling software. Thirty years later, spreadsheets have grown up quite a bit. Used for more than just addition and subtraction, spreadsheets now solve complex financial analysis problems, create 3D graphs, and generate monthly reports. We'll tell you just what you can expect from today's spreadsheets, get you started with some spreadsheet basics, and give you a collection of tips you can use with your spreadsheet software package.


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