"Microsoft Excel 2010 - Getting Started"

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2010

The Microsoft Office Excel 2010 is a member of the Microsoft Office 2010 suite of programs. It is a powerful tool for analyzing, sharing, and organizing data in different ways.

Microsoft Excel 2010 provides the tools you need to do both simple and complex calculations, reports, charts, and more. You can easily enter, edit and format data with Excel.

For example, you can create formulas or functions to perform calculations on that data; you can create charts or graphs to illustrate your data. Also, you can find, sort, and reorder the data in the worksheet easily with Excel 2010.

This tutorial explains how to start an Excel program, what a workbook and a worksheet are and how rows and columns on a worksheet determine where cell addresses are.

To start Excel 2010 from the Start Menu

  • Click on the Start button, then click All Programs.
  • From the Application Programs menu appears, click on Microsoft Office and click on Microsoft Office Excel 2010.
  • Starting Excel 2010

  • The first screen that you will see a new blank worksheet that contains grid of cells. This grid is the most important part of the Excel window. It's where you'll perform all your work, such as entering data, writing formulas, and reviewing the results.
  • Excel 2010 first screen

Microsoft Excel 2010 Workbook and Worksheet

  • An Excel worksheet is the grid of cells where you can type the data. The grid divides your worksheet into rows and columns.
  • Columns are identified with letters (A, B, C, and so on), while rows are identified with numbers (1, 2, 3, and so on).
  • A cell is identified intersection of each column and row.
  • Each cell has its own unique cell address, which includes both the column letter and the row number. For example, C5 is the address of a cell in column C (the third column), and row 5 (the fifth row).
  • A worksheet in Excel 2010 consists of 16,384 columns and over 1 million rows. The worksheets in turn are grouped together into a workbook.
  • By default each workbook in Excel 2010 contains 3 blank worksheets, which are identified by tabs displaying along the bottom of your screen. By default the first worksheet is called Sheet1, the next is Sheet2 and so on as shown here.

Related Topics:

Knowing the Excel 2010 Screen Elements

Understanding the Excel 2010 Ribbon

Customizing Excel 2010 Ribbon by Adding New Tab, Group and Command to It

Adding and Removing Commands From The Quick Access Toolbar

Guide to Customize the Quick Access Toolbar in Excel 2010

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