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Active cell

a selected worksheet cell that is ready for data entry

Active worksheet

The worksheet that is displayed in the work area


the space formed by the intersection of a row and a column; the basic unit of a worksheet

cell reference

a unique identifier for a cell which is formed by the cell's column letter and row number


in a spreadsheet, these are the vertical spaces. columns are headed with letters. there are a total of 256 columns on one worksheet.


equation that calculates a new value from values currently on a worksheet

formula bar

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

microsoft office excel 2007

powerful spreadsheet program that allows user to organize data, complete calculations, make decisions, graph data, develop professional looking reports, publish organized data to the Web, and access real time data from web sites

name box

Displays the cell reference, which is the location of the active cell in the worksheet. It is located on the left side of the formula bar.


Selected group of cells on a worksheet identified by the cell in the upper left corner and the cell in the lower right corner, separated by a colon

range reference

How the raqnge is identified


appears horizontally in a worksheet and is identified by numbers on the left side of the worksheet window

sheet tab

Area at the bottom of the screen containing the worksheet name.


A program that allows you to use rows and columns of data to manage, predict, and present information.


An excel document which contains three worksheets by default but can have more than three


the workspace made up of columns and rows where you enter data to create an electronic spreadsheet

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