Chapter 1

Up and Running with Excel


Bullet Creating an Excel workbook

Bullet Entering text as well as numeric, date, and time data

Bullet Using the AutoFill command to enter lists and serial data

Bullet Setting up data-validation rules

This chapter introduces Microsoft Excel, the official number cruncher of Office 365. The purpose of Excel is to track, analyze, and tabulate numbers. Use the program to project profits and losses, formulate a budget, or analyze Elvis sightings in North America. Doing the setup work takes time, but after you enter the numbers and tell Excel how to tabulate them, you’re on Easy Street. Excel does the math for you. All you have to do is kick off your shoes, sit back, and see how the numbers stack up.

This chapter explains what a workbook and a worksheet is, and how rows and columns on a worksheet determine where cell addresses are. You also discover tips and tricks for entering data quickly in a worksheet and how to construct data-validation rules to make sure that data is entered accurately.

Creating a New Excel Workbook

Workbook is the Excel term for the files ...

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