# Chapter VI.3. Crunching with Numbers

In This Chapter

• Getting to know the Numbers spreadsheet

• Using sheets

• Working with tables

• Working with charts

Numbers is a spreadsheet program designed to help you manipulate and calculate numbers for a wide variety of tasks, such as balancing a budget, calculating a loan, and creating an invoice. The Numbers program also lets you create line, bar, and pie charts that graphically help you analyze and understand what your data means.

# Understanding the Parts of a Numbers Spreadsheet

A Numbers spreadsheet consists of one or more sheets, which are completely blank like an empty sheet of lined paper made up of rows and columns. The intersection of a row and column is a cell, which is where you type and store numbers, text, and formulas, as shown in Figure 3-1.

Besides the mundane but fundamental cells that act as the backbone of any spreadsheet, you can also place the following eye-catching (and useful) items in your spreadsheets, as shown in Figure 3-2:

• Tables

• Charts

• Text boxes

• Pictures

A table consists of rows and columns that can contain words, numbers, calculated results, or a combination of all two or all three of these types of contents.

Figure VI.3.2. The parts of a table.

A chart displays data stored in a table. Common types of charts ...

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