Simple spreadsheets are a good way to get a handle on Excel. But in the real world, you often need a spreadsheet that’s more sophisticated—one that can grow and change as you start to track more information. For example, on the expenses worksheet you created in Chapter 1, perhaps you’d like to add information about which stores you’ve been shopping in. Or maybe you’d like to swap the order in which your columns appear. To make changes like these, you need to add a few more skills to your Excel repertoire.
This chapter covers the basics of spreadsheet modification, including how to select cells, how to move data from one place to another, and how to change the structure of your worksheet. What you learn here will make you a master of spreadsheet manipulation.
First things first: Before you can make any changes to an existing worksheet, you need to select the cells you want to modify. Happily, selecting cells in Excel—try saying that five times fast—is easy. You can do it many different ways, and it’s worth learning them all. Different selection techniques come in handy in different situations, and if you master all of them in conjunction with the formatting features described in Chapter 5, you’ll be able to transform the look of any worksheet in seconds.
Simplest of all is selecting a continuous range of cells. A continuous range is a block of cells that has the shape of a rectangle (high-school math reminder: a ...