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Excel Basics

In this section I cover some of the fundamentals of using Excel, such as entering data, moving around, and basic formatting.

Getting Around

At any given time Excel has an active, or current, cell. It is indicated by the cell pointer, a dark border around the cell. Actions you take in Excel affect this cell—for example, if you type in something, it is placed in this cell (replacing anything that was there originally). The formula bar displays information related to the active cell:


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