Section 1: Starting a new spreadsheet

Microsoft Excel is an electronic workbook consisting of one or more worksheets or sheets (also referred to as a spreadsheet) The sheet is made up of horizontal rows and vertical columns.  You can save several sheets into one workbook.

Excel is used for a variety of applications such as budgeting, analyzing, statistics and pricing.  You can add text, graphics and charts with Excel.

There are 1048576 rows identified by numbers 1 – 1048576 and 16384 columns identified by letters A – XFD available in each spreadsheet.   Compatibility mode allows you to save the workbook so that it can be opened in older versions of Excel including 97-2003.  The intersection of a row and a column is called a cell.  The current selected cell appears with a border around it.  You can use the mouse as well as various keystrokes to move from cell to cell.

One way to start Excel is by using the Windows start button.

  1. From the Windows 10 desktop screen, click the Start button
  2. Scroll down until you see Excel
  3. Click the Excel icon

  1. From the Excel Startup screen choose Blank workbook