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Chapter 14. Working with Numbers > Understanding Spreadsheets

Understanding Spreadsheets

A spreadsheet is nothing more than a giant list. Your list can contain just about any type of data you can think of—text, numbers, and even dates. You can take any of the numbers on your list and use them to calculate new numbers. You can sort the items on your list, pretty them up, and print the important points in a report. You can even graph your numbers in a pie, line, or bar chart!

All spreadsheet programs work in pretty much the same fashion. In a spreadsheet, everything is stored in little boxes called cells. Your spreadsheet is divided into lots of these cells, each located in a specific location on a giant grid made of rows and columns. Each single cell represents the intersection of a particular row and column.


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