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Chapter 10. Spreadsheets > What Is a Spreadsheet?

What Is a Spreadsheet?

Imagine an accountant's worksheet filled with columns and rows of numbers. Now put that worksheet inside a computer, add the ability to change inputted and calculated values instantly, and throw in a few extras—such as built-in formulas, charting capabilities, and database sorting. What you'll have when you're finished is a spreadsheet.

Spreadsheets Explained (ML)

A spreadsheet software package is like a word processor for numbers. You use it to organize, calculate, and present numerical information neatly. The resulting document is usually a spreadsheet—often called a worksheet—but can also be a chart.


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