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Auto Fill

A feature that enables Excel to create a series automatically.


A cell entry that indicates a date or time and is stored as a date code in Excel.

Default column

The default number of characters that display in a column based on the default font.

Fill handle

A black box on the lower-right corner of the select cell or range that you can use to copy a series or formula.

Key Tips

Keyboard shortcuts for choosing Ribbon commands that you display by pressing Alt.


A list of sequential numbers, dates, times, or text.

Wrap text

A feature that causes long cell entries to appear on multiple lines within a cell.

Collapse Dialog box button

Click this button to downsize a dialog box to make a selection on the sheet, then click again to restore it to the regular size.

Contiguous range

A block of adjacent cells in a worksheet.


Cells in a worksheet that act as a block, but are not necessarily adjacent to each other.


A block of cells in an Excel worksheet.

Arithmetic operators

Symbols used in mathematical operations (+, -, *, /, ^).


An instruction Excel uses to calculate a result.

Order of precedence

The order in which Excel performs the mathematical operations specified in a formula.

SUM Function

A built-in calculation used to add a range of values together.

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