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Beginning Microsoft Excel 2010 by Abbott Katz

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Chapter 6. Setting the Table: Database Features of Excel 2010

By now you've established a close relationship with the concept of a range—that collection of adjacent cells occupying a rectangular area on the worksheet (we'll leave aside any additional nuances I may have bothered you with earlier). Now, a range can be blank, of course—a collection of adjacent, rectangular-shaped empty cells is no less a range because of its dearth of data. But when a range is filled with records—that is, a series of consecutive rows and columns containing related information topped by headings of the First Name-Last Name-Address variety—you and I might call that assemblage of data a database. If you were compiling a seating list for a formal event—even if you wrote ...

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