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# intro_to_spreadsheets_y56 - Mr Watsons Introduction to...

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Mr Watson’s Introduction to Spreadsheets The ‘Quick ’ and ‘Easy ’ guide to using Microsoft Excel

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“I kno w what a s pre ads he e t is , I c an e nte r  s im ple  data into  a s pre ads he e t, and I c an  us e  s im ple  fo rm ulae  to  pe rfo rm   c alc ulatio ns . With he lp I c an c re ate   s im ple  g raphs ” By the end of the lesson, I want you to be able to say…
Starting at the Beginning What is a Spreadsheet? What are they for? What can they do? A spreadsheet is a powerful tool for organising information. They are used to carry out lots of calculations quickly and  to  store large amounts of information for a range of purposes. Once you know how to do it – they can do almost any maths  that you could need!

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So, how do they work then? Rows (Side to Side) [Numbered] Columns  (Up and Down) [Letters] Cell (Every one on these  boxes is a cell) Every cell has a name to help you find the right one.   Its name starts with the column letter and then the row number. So, this cell is called what? F22
Using formulae Login and open Microsoft Excel Entering data in spreadsheets is really easy! You just click on the cell and type it in. Let’s do something more difficult then! Let’s use some formulae (that means sums!) In Numeracy, when we write a number sentence we write the ‘=’ sign just before the answer, in a spreadsheet we write it first, before the sum.

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