What is the Structure of an Excel Worksheet

Access ToolbarRibbonWorksheet AreaName BoxFormula Bar

Once you know the differece between workbook and worksheet, the next step is to figure out what is the key elements of an Excel worksheet:

1. Quick Access Toolbar

Quick Access Toolbar contains your preferred buttons which will allow you quickly perform some of the common tasks. When clicking the triangle at the end, you will see a list of more commands, where you can select the ones you commonly use in this area.

2. Ribbon

Ribbon contains the Excel commands that are grouped by different Tabs such as Home, Insert, Page Layout, Formulas, Data, Review and View and so on. You can customize the Tabs and Commands from the File Button.

3. Worksheet Area

Worksheet Area is the area that holds your data or information. Cells are identified by columns and rows. Each column is identified by a letter (e.g., A, B, C). Each row is identified by a number (e.g., 1, 2, 3). You can create new worksheets from the Tabs at the bottom. A cell is a combination of its row and its column, for example, cell A2 is located in the first column (column A) and second row (2nd Row).

4. Name Box

Name Box is the place that displays the location of the current active cell. Every time you move your mouse, the cell name in the Name Box will be changed.

5. Formula Bar

Formula Bar is the area that displays the cell's contents for the cell you selected or the first cell's contents when you select a range. If the cell contains a formula, the formula instead of the value itself will appear in this area.

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