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Planning Your Worksheet

Whether your workbook will include one worksheet or hundreds, the process of building the workbook should begin with planning. You should have some mental picture of the workbook before you start entering data into the cells. For many spreadsheets, the structure you need is obvious; for others, you may go through a trial-and-error period where you find that the workbook you set up just doesn't meet your needs. Plenty of tools are available to help you reorganize and reuse your entries so that the restructuring process isn't too troublesome; they're discussed throughout this book.

Getting it right the first time is everyone's goal, but rarely happens. If you need to sketch your worksheet on paper before typing it in, do that. If you need to test some sample data before setting up hundreds of rows of data, do it. When you're confident that you know where and how to enter your worksheet content, roll up your sleeves and get started!


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