The history of recording data
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  • 1979
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  • Present

Spreadsheet nomenclature!

Here are a few terms that are commonly used in the world of spreadsheets. We'll start with the most basic ones.



A cell in a spreadsheet is a box where you can input data. It's created by the intersection of a column and a row. That's why a cell's address is always the column header followed by the row number. For instance, the first cell is always A1.



These are the individual spreadsheets that make up the workbook. Every worksheet is a collection of cells.



A collection of one or more worksheets in a single file is a workbook.

What can I do in a spreadsheet?

With a tool as versatile as the spreadsheet, the possibilities are endless. We're sure you'll explore a lot on your own, but here are a few basic tasks you can perform with the help of a spreadsheet.



You can always use spreadsheets to create and store your data structurally. You can simply click a few buttons to sort, arrange, and organize data in seconds.



You can use the functions that are readily available in a spreadsheet to carry out computations for you. These functions make your spreadsheet more of a sophisticated calculator that keeps the output updated every time you change the input.



Create vibrant charts that can make your data easily perceivable. Spreadsheets have dedicated chart types that can be customized in almost every way!

What are spreadsheets used the most for?

While spreadsheets are extensively used for various purposes, there are a few simple instances where spreadsheets are very useful.

Creating and maintaining check lists

Simple calculations

Data Visualization