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Entering Text

Text content in a spreadsheet seems like unnecessary fluff to some hard-core financial users. A necessary evil, text tells you which numbers are in which columns and rows, and which cells contain the results of formulas. For some users, that's more than enough text. For other users, however, Excel is a rich program capable of storing text in databases (names, addresses, comments), and can even be used for minor word processing. Figure 2.3 shows a worksheet that contains both minimal and more extensive use of text.

No matter how detailed or concise your text entries are, Excel applies the following defaults to text:


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