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# Jan's Computer Basics: 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.

 Purpose: Organizing numbers Major Advantages: Can calculate for you using formulas Auto-update of related numbers when data changes Can display data in charts

### Features/Terms:

 rows and  columns 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 amount, etc. =SUM(C21:C45)       =Average(B3:W394)       =0.095*LoanTotal chart Graphical representation of the data ### Do It! Excel

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.

 Excel spreadsheet:  Image of Excel spreadsheet:  Look for the spreadsheet features listed above. [rows, columns, cells, formulas, and charts]

For a full set of lessons on spreadsheets, go to the section:  Working with Numbers 