Creating Spreadsheets with OpenOffice

Chapter 9. Creating Spreadsheets with Calc

What You'll Learn in This Chapter:

  • How to create a new electronic spreadsheet

  • How to enter text labels and numerical values

  • How to change the appearance of spreadsheet contents

  • How to perform basic calculations using formulas

In the preceding chapter, you learned how to use the Writer application, which is similar in many ways to Microsoft Word. In this chapter, you learn how to use the Calc application.

The Calc application is an electronic spreadsheet similar in form and function to Microsoft Excel or Corel Quattro Pro. Calc can be used to perform mathematical calculations of all kinds. For example, a homeowner can use Calc to amortize a loan or maintain a personal budget, an engineer might use Calc for load calculations, and a pollster might use Calc to maintain lists of statistics or an index of contacts.

By the end of this chapter, you'll be able to put electronic spreadsheets to work for you.

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