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Part 2: Building Worksheets > Worksheet Design Tips

Chapter 4. Worksheet Design Tips

Which Data Should Be in Rows, and Which in Columns? 93

Will You Need to Print the Worksheet? 94

Who Is the Audience? 96

Would Your Worksheet Survive Without You? 97

Does the Worksheet Rely on Imported Data? 97

Do You Need More Than One Worksheet? 98

Have You Allowed Room to Insert New Rows and Columns? 99

There's nothing particularly mysterious about creating a worksheet—after all, it's just a bunch of rows and columns. And we certainly wouldn't want to stifle your creativity. Even after more than a decade of writing about spreadsheets, we continue to see stunning new uses for the ol' grid. But there are a few guidelines that make life a little easier and some “gotchas” that you need to watch out for. This chapter poses a number of questions you should ask yourself before you put on your digital hardhat and start worksheet construction.

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