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Chapter 3. Upgrading to Excel 2003 > Creating Worksheet Lists

Creating Worksheet Lists

For users upgrading from versions of Excel prior to Excel 2002, the biggest changes to the Excel environment will be the introduction of task panes. Users upgrading from Excel 2002 to Excel 2003 will find that many changes made to Excel are quite subtle such as the list feature. Most Excel users are familiar with worksheet ranges, a grouping of contiguous cells. You can now specify data in a row or a column as a list and then manipulate the data. This means that even data already in a range can be manipulated as a list.

Creating a list is very straightforward; just follow these steps:

Select the range of cells that you want to include in the list. This can be data or other information in several rows or columns.

To create the list, select Data, point at List, and then select Create List.

The Create List dialog box opens showing the range of selected cells that will be included in the list. Click OK to create the list.

The list will be marked in the worksheet by a yellow frame as shown in Figure 3.1. Notice that drop-down arrows also appear at the top of each column in the list, which can be used to quickly manipulate the data in the list. For example, you can quickly filter the data in the list by selecting a salesperson's name from the drop-down list that appears.

Figure 3.1. Lists can be created using ranges in a worksheet.

When you create a list in a worksheet, the List and XML toolbar will appear in the Excel workspace. You can use the toolbar to add a Total row to your data list and then choose from several different formulas by clicking in the Total row.

Remove a Worksheet List Lists provide a fast way to manipulate a selected range of data that may be part of a larger data set. When you have finished working with a list, you can remove it by right-clicking on the list and pointing at List on the menu that appears. Select Convert to Range and then select Yes to complete the conversion.

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