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Chapter 2. Excel Anatomy

Before you start using Excel it is important to understand some of its basic terminology. Although many of the elements used in Excel are found in other Microsoft Windows programs, Excel does introduce a few new ones. For example, if you have used other Windows programs, the concepts of windows and the status bar are probably nothing new. But, if you are not familiar with spreadsheet programs, then formulas, functions, cells, and rows may present a degree of unfamiliarity.

This chapter provides an under-the-hood look at Excel by describing some of the basic features you will encounter. In this chapter, we explore the following main topics:


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