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Excel Terms

Basic Spreadsheet Terminology

Active Cell a selected worksheet cell that is ready for data entry
Cell The space formed by the intersection of a row and a column; the basic unit of a spreadsheet
Cell Reference a unique identifier for a cell which is formed by combining the cell's column letter and row number
Column a vertical group of cells in a worksheet identified by letters
Row a horizontal group of cells in a worksheet identified by numbers
Workbook a collection of related worksheets
Worksheets the workspace made up of columns and rows where data is entered to create an electronic spreadsheet
Function a built in command which can be used to perform common mathematical operations such as addition, multiplication, and rounding numbers
SUM adds all the numbers in a range of cells
Alignment the position of data within a cell
Fill to copy a cell's content and/or formatting into an adjacent cell or range of cells
Sort to arrange a list of words or numbers in ascending or descending order
Chart/Graph a graphic representation of values and their relationships: pie, line, column, bar
Pie a chart that shows the relationship of a part to a whole
Line a chart that uses points connected by a line to illustrate values in a worksheet
Bar a chart that uses bars of varying height to illustrate values in a worksheet
Label alphanumeric text that will not be used in calculations
Range 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
Value numeric characters that can be used in a calculation
Text a group of characters - usually words- that are used as data in a spreadsheet program
AVERAGE returns the average (arithmetic means) of its arguments
Freeze keeps selected rows or columns visible on the screen as the rest of the worksheet scrolls
Created by: mrs.harrell



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