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A type of software for evaluating information


The name of a document in Excel


A page in an Excel workbook

Cell/active cell

A cell is the rectangular area where a row and column intersect

Formula Bar

Found directly above column headings; shows location in spreadsheet and what was typed in cell

Sheet tab

Tabs you use to select different sheets


Numbers that represent a quantity


An arithmetical expression used to calculate values


A prewritten formula that provides a shortcut to common calculations


A single cell or any rectangular block of cells


Data that is to be entered into a worksheet


The information the worksheet is designed to generate

Order of precedence

The rules for determining how to perform calculations containing multiple arithmetical operators

Relative cell reference

Cell reference which changes according to the location of the cell in which the reference occurs

Absolute cell reference

Cell reference which remains fixed even if the cell in which the reference occurs is moving to a new location


The specific values on which the function is to operate


A feature that allows you to change a worksheet's overall appearance by choosing from predefined formats


Lines used to distinguish different zones on a worksheet


A graphic representation of data

Plot area

The area defined by the X and Y axes of a chart

Data point

A single value originating in a worksheet

Data marker

A graphic representing a single value (bar, slice, etc.)

Data series

A group of related data points

Embedded chart

A chart which is positioned as part of an existing worksheet

Chart sheet

A special worksheet which contains a single chart only

Nonadjacent range

A group of individual cells or ranges of cells that are not next to each other

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