Introducing Calc

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This is Chapter 1 of the 3 Calc Guide, produced by the OOoAuthors group.

What is Calc?

Calc is the spreadsheet component of (OOo). You can enter data, usually numerical, in a spreadsheet and then manipulate this data to produce certain results.

Alternatively you can enter data and then use Calc in a ‘What If...’ manner by changing some of the data and observing the results without having to retype the entire spreadsheet or sheet.

Spreadsheets, sheets and cells

Calc works with documents called spreadsheets. Spreadsheets consist of a number of individual sheets, each containing cells arranged in rows and columns. A particular cell is identified by its column letter and row number.

These cells hold the individual elements—text, numbers, formulas, and so on—which make up the data to display and manipulate.

Each spreadsheet can have many sheets and each sheet can have many individual cells. In version 3.x of OOo, each sheet can have a maximum of 65,536 rows and a maximum of 1024 columns, which is over 67 million cells.

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