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Chapter 1. Getting to Know Excel > Creating a Workbook

Creating a Workbook

Every time you want to gather and store data that isn’t closely related to any of your existing data, you should create a new workbook. The default new workbook in the current version of Excel has three worksheets, although you can add more worksheets or delete existing worksheets if you want. Creating a new workbook is a straightforward process—you just click the appropriate button on the toolbar.

Once you have created a workbook, you can begin entering data. The simplest way to enter data is to click a cell and type a value, a method that works very well when you’re entering a few pieces of data but that is less than ideal when you’re entering long sequences or series of values. For example, Catherine Turner, the owner of The Garden Company, might want to create a worksheet listing hourly company sales figures for weekdays from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To record those numbers, she would need to create a worksheet with the following layout.


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