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Excel 2003: Touring the Excel Window

Excel 2003: Touring the Excel Window

The Excel 2003 window is actually fairly easy to navigate and may match other Office windows to which you have already become accustomed.

Below, you can see an example of the Excel window and on the next page are definitions for each of the window’s labeled parts.

Figure 1. Excel Window


Window Part


Active Cell:

The cell that is currently selected.


A vertical group of cells denoted with alphabetical headers such as A, B, or C.

Formula Bar:

The area of the window where text and formulas can be edited and entered. This bar also contains access to the Insert Function Dialog Box and Range Names box.


A horizontal group of cells denoted with numerical headers such as 1, 2, or 3.

Scroll Bars:

Vertical and horizontal bars allowing you to view other areas of the worksheet.

Worksheet Tabs:

Tabs at the bottom of the Excel Window that allow you to navigate to other pages within a workbook.