Editing an Excel Worksheet

This Free Editing an Excel Worksheet Tutorial will help you learn to use the Microsoft Excel 2003 Spreadsheet Program. This is part two of the Free Excel Tutorials and will show you how to edit information in worksheets.

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Free Excel 2003 Tutorial: Enter and Work with Date Values and AutoComplete

Excel treats dates in your worksheets as values, not labels. The reason for this is to allow you to perform calculations and apply formulas to the dates. For example, you can deduct a certain number of days from a date and find the new date, ore you can add days to a date and calculate the new date.

After you've entered one date into a cell, Excel will automatically complete the date entry on subsequent cells. For example, in the image below, dates have already been entered into Column A. When you type in 2/24, Excel will automatically complete the date entry for you using the current year. Excel automatically assumes that all dates are from the current year.

Excel date values














Excel's AutoComplete feature helps speed up the data entry, especially if you're entering repetitive information.

You can enter dates in a variety of formats and Excel will understand that you are entering dates and will automatically complete them. In another lesson you'll learn how to change how dates are formatted.Excel date format








Using Excel AutoComplete

As soon as you enter a few letters into a cell, Excel AutoComplete will take over and try to complete your entry based on what was entered in other cells. If it's what you want, simply hit the Enter key. If it's not, just keep on typing.

You can also use Excel's PickList feature to help you enter labels in your worksheet. The PickList is a list of labels that you've entered in other cells. You can right click in the cell and choose "Pick From Drop-down List" to see a list of options. If the entry you want is on the list, simply click on it to enter it into the cell.

Excel auto fill

Editing and Replacing Cell Contents

You can change or delete the contents of any cell at any time. To clear a cell, simply select the cell or range of cells you want to delete and press the Delete key. You don't have to clear a cell entry to enter new information. Instead, you can simply select the cell and begin typing. Your new information will replace what was in the cell.

There are a couple of ways to edit the contents of the cell. One way is to select the cell and then edit the contents in the Formula Bar. Another method is to double click the cell and then edit the cell contents directly in the selected cell. Either method causes Excel to go into Edit Mode and the Cancel and Enter buttons appear on the Formula Bar.

Excel Edit Mode

To Clear a Cell's Contents:

  1. Select the cell
  2. Press the Delete key

To Edit a Cell's Contents:

  1. Select the cell
  2. Click anywhere in the Formula Bar
  3. Edit the cell's contents
  4. Press Enter when you're finished editing the cell


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