Microsoft Excel: Getting Started

When you first open a new Excel file you will get a blank document populated with lots of blank rectangles. Each rectangle is called a cell. The page should look like this:

Excel blank


If you single-click a cell then you select one of the cells which should look like the picture below.

Excel select

When you double-click into a cell you can then enter either text or numbers.  In order to create a formula you have to put an equals sign (=) followed by either text or numbers.  For example.

Excel equals

Dollar-signs ($) can be used to lock a cell that is being referenced in a formula either vertically, horizontally or both.

In the next post, I will be talking about the use of the dollar-sign and give examples of using it.