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1 ATMO 324: Spreadsheet Tips 8/28/07 Some tips on scientific data analysis using Microsoft Excel (or OpenOffice Calc): 1. Tutorials 2. Active Cell 3. Entering Formulas 4. Copying Formulas 5. Copying Formulas into Very Long Columns 6. Entering Scientific Formulas 7. Formatting for Scientific Notation 8. Relative vs. Absolute Cell References 9. Defining Named Constants 10. Creating Names Automatically 11. Creating a Chart 12. Selecting Very Long Columns for Charting 13. Selecting/copying Very Long Columns 14. Plotting Additional Data in the Same Chart 15. Formatting a Chart 16. Printing just a Chart 17. Opening Multiple Windows 18. Controlling Page Printing 1. Tutorials: http://www.usd.edu/trio/tut/excel/ http://serc.carleton.edu/introgeo/mathstatmodels/xlhowto.html http://serc.carleton.edu/files/introgeo/mathstatmodels/excel_cheat_she.pdf http://phoenix.phys.clemson.edu/tutorials/excel/ http://www.colorado.edu/Chemistry/chem4581_91/EXCEL Tutorial.pdf http://academic.pgcc.edu/psc/Excel_booklet.pdf 2. Active cell: When you click on a cell, it is highlighted and becomes active. The border around the selected cell can be dragged to move the cell contents . The Formula Bar shows the cell coordinates or the Cell Reference (Column Letter+Row number) of the active cell, and the cell contents. You can edit the contents of the active cell. To complete the editing, press ENTER key. To cancel editing , press ESCAPE key. (You may also use the Check/Cross icons on the Formula bar) 3. Entering Formulas: To enter or edit a formula in a cell, double-click the cell, and enter the formula, beginning with the equals sign ( = ). (If you forget the equals sign at the beginning of the formula, your entry will be interpreted as plain text , not as a formula). This activates the Formula Bar , and puts you into the Formula Edit mode . Anything you type now will affect the formula. For example, you may select a range of cells (e.g., F4:G10) to have the reference to that range appear in the formula. To exit the formula edit mode , complete your edit by pressing the ENTER key or
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