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a rectangle in Microsoft Powerpoint

active cell

cell with black border around it


an Excel file


a workbook can hold an unlimited amount of these

text values

words, names, numbers, addresses, or any combination of letters or numbers


text values used as a column or row heading

numerical values

a number with +, -, (, ), and %

auto fill

remembers things you have entered in the past and will immediately fill in a cell so you do not need to type as much

fill handle

appears as a little black square in the bottom right corner of the active cell


a mathematical expression

arithmetic operators

add (+), subtract (-), multiply (*), and divide (/)


(^) operator

order of operations

1. exponential calculations, 2. multiplication and division operations, 3. addition and subtraction operations, 4. calculations are completed from left to right, 5. all operations inside parentheses are completed first before completing othr operations

cell references

the key to solving a problem with many numbers to add, subtract, multiply, and divide


similarly to formulas, are always preceded by an equals sign (=)

sum function

add the numerical values in selected cells

count function

count how many cells have numerical values

average function

find the average of numerical values in selected cells

min function

find the lowest or minimum number in selected cells

max function

find the highest or maximum number in selected cells

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