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Spreadsheet terms

Absolute cell reference Cell reference that does not adjust to the new cell location when copied or moved.
Active cell A selected worksheet cell that is ready for data entry.
Alignment The position of data within a cell.
Argument Value, cell reference, range, or text that acts as a operand in a function formula.
Ascending Sort order arranging text or numbers for A to Z, from smallest to largest, or from earliest to latest.
Autosum A function that automatically adds the values in the cells directly above or to the left of the active cell.
Average Returns the average (arithmetic means) of its arguments.
Cell 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 combining the cell's column letter and row number.
Chart/graph A graphic representation of values and their relationships: pie, line, column, bar, scattered.
Column A vertical group of cells in a worksheet identified by letters.
Column chart A chart that uses bars of varying height to illustrate values in a worksheet.
Count Returns the number of cells in a range that contains numbers.
Descending Sort order arranging text or numbers from Z to A, largest to smallest, or latest to earliest.
Fill To copy a cell's contents and/or formatting into a adjacent cell or range.
Format Arranging the shape, size, type, and general makeup of a cell or group of cells.
Formula An equation that calculates a new value using values currently on a worksheet.
Freeze Keeps selected rows or columns visible on the screen as the rest of the worksheet scrolls.
Function A prewritten formula that makes it easy to perform common calculations.
Label Alphanumeric text that will not be used in calculations.
Line chart A chart that uses points connected by a line to illustrate values in a worksheet.
Max Returns the largest value in a set of values.
Min Returns the smallest value in a set of values.
Mixed cell reference A cell reference that contains both relative and absolute references.
Operand A number or cell reference used in a formula.
Operator A symbol that indicates what mathematical operation to perform on the operands: plus(+), minus(-), multiply(*), divide(/).
Order of operation The mathematical rules used for calculating the value of a formula.
Pie chart A chart that shows the relationship of a part to a whole.
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.
Relative cell reference Cell reference that adjusts to a new location when copied or moved.
Row A horizontal group of cells in a worksheet identified by numbers.
Sort To arrange a list of words or numbers in ascending or descending order.
Spreadsheet A grid of rows and columns containing numbers, text, and formulas used to perform calculations.
Sum Adds all the numbers in a range of cells
Value Numeric characters that can be used in a calculation.
What-if analysis Process of changing values in cells to see how those changes affect the outcome of formulas in the worksheet.
Workbook A collection of related worksheets.
Worksheet The work space made up of columns and rows where data is entered to create an electronic spreadsheet.
Created by: tydickerson