In This Chapter
Getting to know the Numbers spreadsheet
Creating a spreadsheet
Working with tables
Working with charts
Polishing a spreadsheet
Sharing your spreadsheet efforts
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.
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:
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.3.1. The parts of a Numbers spreadsheet.
Figure VI.3.2. The parts of a table.
A chart displays data stored in a table. Common types of charts ...