Spreadsheets Topic Guide

Spreadsheets are a type of computer program that are very useful for storing information and doing calculations. For example, you could use a spreadsheet to plan a party; the sheet could work out for you how much the event would cost.

There are several popular spreadsheet programs (including Excel, OpenOffice Spreadsheet and Numbers) which all work in similar ways.

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Spreadsheets Facts

  • Spreadsheets are useful for doing calculations automatically, and seeing how changing a value can affect the answer.
  • One version of Microsoft Excel contained a hidden flight simulator!
  • The computer spreadsheet was invented in 1979. Before that they were written out by hand, which took a very long time!
  • Spreadsheets can be used to generate charts and graphs, to make data easier to understand.



This video walks through the process of using the game “Battleships” to teach children how to format and merge cells in Google Sheets.

Running time: 5:09

The Michelangelo of Microsoft Excel

Tatsuo Horiuchi, a Japanese artist, uses a spreadsheet to paint his pictures!

Running time: 2:28

Spreadsheets for Beginners

This short video is a great introduction to why spreadsheets are useful.

Running time: 1:16


100 Things to Know About Numbers, Computers & Coding

This fascinating book is filled with facts about numbers and computers.

Who Is Bill Gates?

A biography of the founder of Microsoft.

Excel Bible for Beginners

A comprehensive overview of Excel for those who are unfamiliar with the program.

Excel for Dummies

This guide covers the basic functions of Excel, as well as more advanced topics.

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