The Excel Window

This Excel 2000 tutorial includes everything you need to know to get started with Microsoft Excel.

Introduction

Microsoft Excel 2000 is a spreadsheet application in the Microsoft Office suite. A spreadsheet is an accounting program for the computer. Spreadsheets are primarily used to work with numbers, much like Microsoft Word is used to work with text. Spreadsheets calculate and analyze information by using mathematical formulas.

By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Identify the parts of the Excel window

The Excel window

When you open Excel, many items you see are standard in most Windows 95 or 98 programs. A few things are specific to Excel 2000.

Excel Window

Toolbars

Toolbars can be customized and offer a series of commonly used Excel features.

Column headings

Each Excel spreadsheet has 256 columns.

Row headings

Each spreadsheet has 65,536 rows.

Name box

This shows the address and name of the current selection.

Formula bar

This displays the current entry (as you are typing or editing) or the contents of the current cell.

Cell

A cell is the intersection of a column and row. Each cell has a cell address. In the image above, the cell address of the selected cell is A1. The heavy border around the selected cell is called the cell pointer.

Navigation buttons

These allow you to easily move to another worksheet in an Excel workbook.

Sheet tabs

These allow you to move around a workbook easily.

The Excel workbook

When you open Microsoft Excel, a workbook automatically shows in the workspace.

Important pointImportant terms:

  • A workbook is made up of three worksheets.
  • The worksheets are labeled Sheet1, Sheet2, and Sheet3.
  • Each Excel worksheet is made up of columns and rows.
  • In order to access a worksheet, click on the tab that says Sheet#.

To change the number of worksheets:

  • Choose ToolsactionOptions.
  • In the Options dialog box, click the General tab.
  • Click the spin box controls (up and down arrows) to change the number of worksheets in a new workbook.

Excel Workbook

The cell

The Excel worksheet is made up of columns and rows. When these columns and rows intersect, they form little boxes called cells.

Important pointImportant terms:

  • Each cell has a unique cell address composed of a cell's column and row.
  • The active cell is the cell that receives the data or command you give it.
  • A darkened border, called the cell pointer, identifies it.

Cell Pointer

Moving the cell pointer

  • To activate any cell, click the cell.
  • To move the pointer one cell to the left, right, up, or down, use the keyboard arrow keys.
  • To see other areas of the worksheet, use the scroll bars. To scroll large distances, hold the Shift key while dragging the scroll bar.

Some frequently used keyboard commands:

Page Down: Moves down one screen
Page Up: Moves up one screen
Home: Moves to column A in the current row
Ctrl+Home: Moves to cell A1

Challenge!

  • Use the horizontal and vertical scroll bars to explore the Excel worksheet.
  • Explore using Page Up, Page Down, Home, and Ctrl+Home.
  • To see other areas of the worksheet, use the scroll bars. To scroll large distances, hold the Shift key while dragging the scroll bar.