Introduction to Section 2

Now that you've gotten a feel for how Excel works, we'll build a more complex spreadsheet. The skills you'll learn in this section are:

  • How to use AutoFill
  • How to insert a row or a column
  • How to add up numbers in a column
  • And how to enter simple formulas for your calculations

The spreadsheet you'll construct looks like this, when it's finished:

A more complex Excel 2007 spreadsheet

Not much has been done in the way of formatting here, as we'll concentrate on how to add up in Excel. To make a start, follow along with the instructions below.

  • Click inside of cell A1 on a new spreadsheet
  • Type the text "My Chocolate Addiction", then press the Enter key on your keyboard
  • Highlight the cells A1, B1 and C1, and Merge the cells, just like you did for Review One
  • Your spreadsheet will look like this in Excel 2007:

Merged Title in Cell A1

Or this in Excel 2010 to 2016:

Heading in merged cells, Excel 2010 and 2013

Now that you have a heading for your spreadsheet, we'll fill in the days of the week using something called AutoFill. This allows you to quickly fill in things like days of the week, months, and consecutive numbers.