Excel Vocabulary

Here some basic vocabulary used in Excel.


A Workbook is the file. It can contain many worksheets, sheets or spreadsheets (you can chose the name.

A Spreadsheet or Sheet is the surface on which you enter your data.

Ribbons are menus. But they are not called Menu anymore because they are visual, made ​​of images, rather than text.

Fill handle The small black square at the bottom-right corner of the cell or the selection. When you move your mouse on the fill handle, the pointer changes to a cross.

.xls is the extension of the Excel Files before 2007.

.xlsx: is a normal Excel file (from 2007)

.xlsm: is an Excel File that includes macro or VBA code.

.xlst: is for templates in Excel. If you save a file with this name and then double click on it, it will open with a new file name called untitled.xlsx. That you can then rename at will.

VBA: Visual Basic for Application. It is the programming language of the Microsoft Environment


More words to come....ogo on our forum if you have a question,

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