A spreadsheet is the application of choice for most documents that organize numbers, like budgets, financial statements, grade sheets, and sales records. A spreadsheet can perform simple and very complex calculations on the numbers you enter in rows and columns.
Examples of spreadsheet programs: MS Excel, Lotus 1-2-3, Quattro Pro, and Open Office Calc.
|Creates a grid|
|cell||Intersection of row and column. Can contain text or numbers or a formula.||
|formula||Calculates value to put in cell, like a total, an average, interest
|chart||Graphical representation of the data||
Would you like to see a spreadsheet at work?
You can open an actual spreadsheet by clicking one of the icons in the first row below. The file will download and open in whatever software you have that can open an Excel spreadsheet.
If you do not have the software to actually open the spreadsheet, use the second set of links to open images that show how a spreadsheet looks. The images open in a new window.
Look for the spreadsheet features listed above. [rows, columns, cells, formulas, and charts]
The example below is a Google Spreadsheet, which you can view here if you are online but not edit. It has 4 sheets (tabs at the bottom of the frame).
For a full set of lessons on spreadsheets, go to the section: Working with Numbers