Introduction to Microsoft Office Excel 2007

Parts of Ms Excel 2007

Microsoft Office Excel is powerful software which allows you to create a professional spreadsheets and charts, performing calculations and it is also used for analysis. Microsoft Office Excel can also function as a simple database program. After mastering it, it can help you make your computation work easier.

Ms Excel 2007 Parts And Functions

Workbook – workbook is the Excel data file you create, just like in Microsoft Word the files we create are called documents.

Worksheet – this is the page you are working on in Excel made up of grid cells. Any Excel file you create consists of three worksheets by default. Others can be added later or even deleted as per ones need.

Cell – this is the rectangular area you type your data or formulae into (intersection between a row and a column).

Column – this the vertical partition labeled with alphabets. The total number of columns are 16,384, the first one being 'A' and the last one being 'XFD'.

Row – this is the horizontal partition labeled with numbers. The total number of lows is 1,048,576. To confirm this, press CTRL and the ARROW right for the columns and CTRL and the ARROW down for the rows.

Microsoft Office Excel also uses a tabbed ribbon similar to that used in Microsoft Office Word 2007. It is used to navigate through Excel helping you access various commands. The ribbon has replaced traditional pull down menu system used in Microsoft Excel 2003. Excel 2007 uses the Office Button on the top right hand corner, which has replaced the file menu.

Workspace of Ms Excel 2007

Excel 2007 Workspace
Excel 2007 Workspace | Source

The Quick Access Toolbar

Next to the Office button is the Quick Access Toolbar which includes commands like save, undo, and redo. You can place or add commands that you will be using more often here. To do this, click on customize quick access toolbar button option. Select the command you want from the list given there and they will appear instantly on the quick access toolbar. You can also click on more commands to get a list of more commands.

The Worksheet Tabs

Worksheet tabs are found at the bottom left of the spreadsheet; they are for navigating between the available sheets. Any new workbook you create comes with the three worksheets by default. It is possible to add others or delete the existing ones. The three sheets are sheet1, sheet2, and sheet3. To rename, right click on the worksheet tab you want to rename and select rename command. Type the name you want. To delete a worksheet, right click on the worksheet tab you want to delete and select delete.

Excel 2007 Workspace Tools

Scroll bar

There are two scroll bars the horizontal for scrolling the page horizontally and the vertical one for scrolling vertically.

Page views

The page views buttons found at the bottom are for helping you view your page in different ways. We have the normal, page layout and the page break preview option.

Zoom in and zoom out

Use this option to either zoom your page in or out. You can also do it from the view menu and then select the zoom group.

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Patkay 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

Doodlehead, the two are almost similar. But it is good you go through the number of hubs I have here. They will help you greatly. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Doodlehead 3 years ago from Northern California

I will re-read this as I need to become familiar with EXCEL by next month I have been using Open Office and I guess it's not the same!


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Patkay 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya Author

Hi torrilynn, thanks for visiting, reading, commenting and for the vote. I am glad you liked the hub. It is good to have reminded you about your past lessons. Check for other hubs that are coming.


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torrilynn 3 years ago

Hi PatKay,

thanks for this hub on Microsoft Excel

back in co-op a class we took to get out of high school

early we learned about the basics of Microsoft Excel

thanks for refreshing my memory and teaching me a few

new things. voted up and shared.

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