Don't worry if yours look slightly different - it just depends on
which version of Excel you are using. There are lots of
buttons here - and not all of them are mentioned. However,
you'll soon learn how to use them all!
Excel is a spreadsheet - which means it can be used to make
complex calculations using 'worksheets'. Each Excel
worksheet has a number of features - the sheet is divided into
columns (along the top) and rows (down the side). Each
section is called a 'cell'.
Columns have letters and rows have numbers. You can use
these to identify the name of each cell. This is known as
the 'cell reference'. For example the top left cell is know
as A1 - simply because those are the coordinates where it can be
found - in column A, row 1.
In your version of Excel, click in cell A2.
Type your name. Then click in cell A3 and type one of your
We are now going to do a simple calculation.
To do this you need to use some of the buttons you have explored
above. Click in cell B2 and type the number 10. Click
in cell B3 and type the number 15. See if you can turn these
numbers into currency by clicking on a certain button.
The brilliant thing about Excel - and the
concept that allows you to build really complex spreadsheets - is
simple. You can use it to do calculations. We do this
Click in cell B4. Press the '=' key. This is used tell
Excel you want to enter a formula. Type in B2 + B3 and press
RETURN. You should see a screen that looks something like the one
you don't see something like this, work through the steps again!)
You have performed a calculation. This was simple!
Experiment a little by doing the following:
I'm ready for the tasks