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Chapter 1. Excel Basics

Excel is one of a series of computer programs commonly referred to as "spreadsheet software." Spreadsheet programs have become quite popular, because they provide the ability to work with data, typically numeric data, by placing it in a series of rows and columns. The location where a specific row or column intersects is referred to as a cell. Each cell typically holds a specific value that could be text, numeric, logical, or a formula, as shown in Figure 1-1. Calculations can be performed on the values in specific cells. If the values used in a calculation change, Excel automatically recalculates.

Figure 1-1. Spreadsheet programs provide convenient methods for performing calculations and organizing related data



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