Microsoft Excel 2000 is a general-purpose electronic spreadsheet used to organize, calculate, and analyze business data. The tasks you can perform with Excel range from preparing a simple invoice for your house-painting services or planning a budget for a family vacation, to creating elaborate 3-D charts or managing a complex accounting ledger for a medium-sized business. This section of the book introduces you to Excel and teaches you how to accomplish a variety of useful tasks with the newest version of Microsoft's flagship spreadsheet application. You'll receive training and support for virtually all your Excel needs, from creating a simple worksheet to forecasting expenses and publishing spreadsheets on the Web. Along the way, you'll learn how to use the newest features of Excel and how to customize Excel to work the way you do. We'll also share our favorite Excel productivity tips with you, including several that come directly from the Excel development team.
This introductory chapter gives you a quick tour of the Excel workplace and shows you how to build a simple worksheet from start to finish. A worksheet is an Excel document containing rows and columns of information that can be formatted, sorted, analyzed, and charted. Building a worksheet involves starting Excel, entering information, adding formulas, saving your data, and printing. If you want to get fancy, you can even add hyperlinks to your worksheet to access supporting files on your hard disk or the Internet.