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What Is a Worksheet?

A worksheet is an oversized “page” consisting of rows and columns that intersect to form tiny boxes, called cells. Into each cell, you can type labels (text entries), values (numbers), dates and times, or formulas (which perform calculations on the values). Open your checkbook register, or just look at Figure 1.1, to see a very basic model of a worksheet. Each column in a checkbook register specifies a particular entry: check number, date, transaction description, payment, deposit, balance, and so on. Each row represents a specific transaction. The rows and columns intersect to form little boxes into which you scribble each piece of data: the check number, the date and description of the transaction, the amount of the transaction, and the new balance.

Figure 1.1. A checkbook register is a simple model of a worksheet.



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