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6.4: Entering Data

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    46505
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    Learning Outcomes

    • Add data to a table.

    Excel workbooks are used to organize data very clearly. Numerical data can be used in a variety of ways, some of which we will examine in later modules. The first step, however, is simply to enter data into a table.

    First, open a blank workbook. Next, click on the first cell for your data: this will almost always be A1.

    A blank Microsoft Excel sheet is open. There is a green box surrounding the first cell which is A1.

    If you wish to organize your data in a column, you will hit ENTER to move to the next cell down. In this case, A2.

    A blank Microsoft Excel sheet is open. There is a green pointing downward signaling a transition of rows from cell A1 to cell A2.

    If you wish to organize your data in a row, you will hit the Tab key to move to the next cell over. In this case, the next cell over is B1.

    A blank Microsoft Excel sheet is open. There is a green arrow pointing to the right indicating moving columns from A1 to B1.

    Enter all of your data into each individual cell until you are ready to save your workbook.

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    • Enter Data into a Table. Authored by: Shelli Carter. Provided by: Lumen Learning. License: CC BY: Attribution

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