Spreadsheet

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What Does Spreadsheet Mean?

A spreadsheet is a software application that enables a user to save, sort and manage data in an arranged form of rows and columns.

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A spreadsheet stores data in a tabular format as an electronic document. An electronic spreadsheet is based on and is similar to the paper-based accounting worksheet.

A spreadsheet may also be called a worksheet.

Techopedia Explains Spreadsheet

A spreadsheet is primarily designed to provide a digital form of the paper-based worksheet. Spreadsheets work through spreadsheet application software. The rows and columns within the spreadsheet contain cells that are filled with data to create unique operations. A typical spreadsheet program can have multiple functions such as:

  • Numerous rows and columns for data and values storage
  • Support for mathematical formulas and calculations
  • Data sorting and analysis
  • Multiple worksheets and their interlinking
  • Integration and visualization of data in the form of graphs and charts

Microsoft Excel and Lotus 1-2-3 are among the most popular spreadsheet applications.

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