Basics of Entering Data

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Basics of Entering Data

Microsoft Excel worksheets are made up of rows and columns. Rows are defined by numbers and columns are defined by letters. When you open Excel, cell A1 is automatically highlighted. Anything you type will show up in this cell. To enter text into a different cell, simply select the cell by clicking on it and then begin typing.

Before entering text, it is helpful to be aware of the three shapes your cursor will take and what each one means:

  1. The thick white cross. This is used for cell selection. Thick White Cross
  2. The thin black cross. This is used for autofilling data and for copying formulas, both of which will be covered later in this course.Thin Black Cross
  3. The four-headed arrow. This is used for moving cells or other items.Four-Headed Arrow