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Chapter 6. Insert

The real power of an Excel worksheet lies in the many things you can add to it. The most powerful functionality that can be added to a worksheet is a formula. If you didn't use formulas in your worksheet all you'd have is just a big sheet of numbers. Formulas use a combination of the various functions available in Excel, including cell references, numeric and text values, and operators (such as +, -, etc). Although this chapter discusses the dialog that displays when you select Insert Function, there is extensive information about functions covered in Part 3 of this book.

In addition to manipulating values, Excel provides the ability to create a graphical representation of data using charts. Not only can you select from one of the built-in chart types, you even create custom charts. Remember that after the chart is created, it needs to be modified using the options on the Chart menu covered in Chapter 10.


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