Session Date: Wednesday Oct 18, 2017
Accountants have been using paper spreadsheets for hundreds of years.
Here is an image of a French ledger book from the late 19th century.
There are columns of descriptive text and numbers. The totals are tabulated horizontally and vertically. The "set up" for this ledger was printed in advance. The accountant would then have a standard format for data entry. You can enlarge the image to see it in greater detail.
In the mid 80s the newly released graphical user interfaces on Macintosh and Windows operating systems made working with spreadsheets much easier. For more information on the history of spreadsheets, if interested, visit DSS resources.com.
Spreadsheets are applications that display rows and columns of data. The entered data can be calculated, sorted and transformed. Charts and graphics can be easily produced from the data calculations.
Excel spreadsheet program is one of the most used spreadsheet applications. Excel's parts and its Worksheet are similar to Word and other Office applications. Many of the shortcuts in Word will work in Excel.
See Spreadsheet Task Page for practice files and help links.
last page update: Friday May 19, 2017