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Chapter 1. Understanding Excel Worksheet... > Examining Columns, Rows, and Cells

Examining Columns, Rows, and Cells

As mentioned earlier, a worksheet consists of 256 vertical columns and 65,536 horizontal rows that intersect to form 16,777,216 cells. As such, a worksheet is little more than a huge table, a grid that keeps entries aligned vertically and horizontally on a page. If you have ever worked with tables in a word processing program, you know that they can be powerful tools in helping you align text on a page. This is one of the primary features of worksheets, as well.

The gridlines in Excel worksheets are displayed primarily for your benefit, so you can see the cell boundaries as you work. When you print your worksheet, the gridlines do not appear on the printout. However, Excel does enable you to format the worksheet to insert horizontal lines between rows, vertical lines between columns, boxes around individual cells or groups of cells, and to add shading to the cells. This formatting helps you and anyone else who looks at the worksheet to follow a row or column of entries more easily. Figure 1.5 shows a sample worksheet with shading and borders.


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