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Chapter 16. Spreadsheet Software > What Is a Spreadsheet?

What Is a Spreadsheet?

Many administrative assistants use computerized spreadsheet software to handle accounting chores, assist with budgets, and for similar tasks. Spreadsheet software takes the place of the columnar pad that was so popular in the past. A columnar pad is divided into columns across the top and rows that run down the side. The rows and columns intersect at a small box. Altogether, there are hundreds of these little boxes on each page. An electronic spreadsheet is a large grid of columns and rows. A box where a column and row intersect is called a cell. Each cell has a unique address. Most spreadsheets label columns using letters, and rows using numbers. Therefore, the cell at the intersection of column C and row 5 is cell C5.

The largest spreadsheet can contain millions of cells depending on the memory size of the computer running the software. However, most of the applications you'll be working with use only 500 to 1,000 cells.


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