How Excel is used depends solely on who is using it and what they are using it for. Most of the time, it is very easy to use if you know what to use it for.
What is Excel?
Microsoft Excel or simply Excel is a spreadsheet application developed by Microsoft.
There are other spreadsheet applications but this particular one is so popular that all other spreadsheets are unconsciously being called Excel.
This application is one of the many applications that come with the Microsoft Office Suite which is available for Windows, iOS, and Android.
While the Office Suite is for sale, there is also an online version that is free for users with Microsoft Accounts.
How Excel Is Used
The application has so many uses. It all depends on who is using it.
While you can have full control at the advanced level, there are basic uses for completely newbies too.
You can use it for basic needs like, just creating simple lists, storing data, taking stock, etc.
There are higher-level features that will allow you to be able to design the sheets into a full POS system or a full inventory management system.
This spreadsheet application makes collecting data very easy. One amazing thing is the fact that you can also set everything in it on automation.
If you want to learn some spreadsheet skills. You can easily get an online course for both beginners and intermediate learners.
Terms You Must Know
There are few terms you must know in order to be able to navigate or source information about this spreadsheet application.
Since knowing the right terms will help you ask the right questions, it is key to know the terms before using the application.
- Menu Tabs: A stripe of line on top of the window, showing the menus you can access. Each of them opens a separate menu.
- Ribbon: A larger panel below the menu tabs showing the tools for working on the sheet. Each Menu tab has its own Ribbon.
- Ribbon Groups: These are groups of similar tools on the Ribbon. Each group has a name and has categories of similar tools in it.
Formula bar: A stripe of an input bar below the Ribbon with an “fx” sign in front of it. This is where you enter formulas if you want to use some in a cell.
Name box: This is where the name of the active cell/cells will appear. It is under the Ribbon, right before the Formula bar.
Cell: The intersection of a column and a row forms a cell. The name of the column is in alphabets and the row it intersects has numbers as its name. These come together to form the name of the cell.
Columns and Rows: Each of the vertical divisions is known as a column while the horizontal division is known as a row.
Sheet: In short, I will say the sheet is the entire page where you work.
Sheet panel: At the very bottom of the page, you will find a final bar. That is the sheet panel. It helps you navigate between sheets or add and delete some. Below the sheet panel is the status bar.
Workbook: This is when you have multiple sheets in your work especially when there is a link between them.
In conclusion, it is very important to know a few of the Excel spreadsheet terms before you start working with it.
These are not all the terms in the application but they are very basic terms you will come across almost all the time.
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