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Workbook

An Excel file that contains one or more worksheets.

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Worksheet

The primary document that you use in Excel to store and work with data, and which is formatted as a pattern of uniformly spaced horizontal and vertical lines.

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Spreadsheet

Another name for a worksheet.

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Active Cell

The cell, surrounded by a black border, ready to receive data or be affected by the next Excel command.

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Cell reference

The identification of a specific cell by its intersecting column letter and row number.

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Value

Data in a cell-text or numbers.

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Text value

Data in a cell made up of text only.

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Number value

Data in a cell made up of numbers only.

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Label

Another name for a text value.

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Name Box

An Excel window area that displays the address of a selected cell.

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Text Wrap

A command with which you can display text on multiple lines within a cell.

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Absolute cell reference

A cell reference that refers to a cell by its fixed position in a worksheet and that does not change when the formula is copied.

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Number format

A specific way that Excel displays numbers.

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General format

The default format that Excel applies to numbers-whatever you type in a cell will display, with the exception that trailing zeros to the right of decimal point will not display.

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Accounting number format

The Excel number format that applies a comma separator where appropriate, inserts a fixed dollar sign aligned at the left edge of the cell, applies two decimal places, and leaves a small amount of space at both the right and left edges of the cell to accomodate parentheses for negative numbers.

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Chart

A graphic representation of data in a worksheet that shows comparisons, patterns, and trends.

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Category axis

The chart axis that is usually the horizontal axis and contains categories.

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Value axis

The chart axis that is usually the vertical axis and contains data.

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Explode

To pull out one or more slices of a 3-D pie chart to emphasize a specific slice or slices.

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Theme

A set of design elements that provides a unified look for colors, fonts, and graphics.

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Sheet tabs

The labels along the lower border of the workbook window that identify each worksheet.

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Tab scrolling buttons

Buttons to the left of the sheet tabs used to display Excel sheet tabs that are not in view.

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Serial number

A sequential number assigned to a date.

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Clipboard

A temporary storage area for text and graphics.

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Drag and drop

A method of moving or copying the content of selected cells in which you point to the selection and then drag it to a new location.

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Paste area

The target destination for data that has been cut or copied using the Clipboard.

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Operator precedence

The mathematical rules for performing calculations within a formula.

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Summary sheet

A worksheet that displays and summarizes totals from other worksheets in a workbook.

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Detail sheet

A worksheet that contains the detailed information in a workbook.

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Clustered bar chart

A chart type that is useful when you want to compare values across categories; categories are typically organized along the vertical axis, and the values along the horizontal axis.

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Function

A prewritten formula that performs calculations by using specific values in a particular order or structure.

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Calculated column

A column in an Excel table that uses a single formula that adjusts for each row.

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Average

The Excel function that adds a group of values and then divides the result by the number of values in the group.

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Arguments

In an Excel function, the values in parentheses used to perform calculations or operations.

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Statistical functions

A type of function that summarizes a group of measurements.

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NOW

The function that returns the serial number of the current date and time.

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MIN

An Excel function the determines the smallest value in a selected range of values.

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MAX

An Excel function that determines the largest value in a selected range of values.

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Logical function

The type of function that tests for specific conditions and typically uses conditional tests to determine whether specified conditions are TRUE or FALSE.

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Criteria

Conditions that you specify.

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