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Chapter 12. Basic Excel > Spreadsheet Basics

12.1. Spreadsheet Basics

You use Excel, of course, to make a spreadsheet—an electronic ledger book composed of rectangles, known as cells, laid out in a grid (see Figure 12-1). As you type numbers into the rectangular cells, the program can automatically perform any number of calculations on them.

Figure 12-1. Excel X matches Mac OS X. It has the new Close, Minimize, and Zoom buttons, rounded edges on the top corners, and jelly-bean-like split boxes and scroll bars. In the status area at the bottom left, Excel tells what it thinks is happening—in this case, the active cell (A1) is being edited.



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