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00:01 Welcome to the spoken tutorial on Working with Cells.
00:06 In this tutorial, we will learn to:
00:09 Enter numbers, text, date and time in a spreadsheet
00:15 Use the Format Cells dialog box
00:19 Navigate between cells and
00:22 Select items in rows and columns
00:27 This tutorial is recorded using

Ubuntu Linux OS version 18.04 and LibreOffice Suite version 6.3.5

00:41 First we will learn how to enter data in the cells.
00:46 Let’s open our Personal Finance Tracker dot ods file.
00:52 This file has been provided to you in the Code files link on this tutorial page.
00:59 Please download and extract the file.
01:03 Make a copy and then use it for practising.
01:08 Now type some text in any empty cell by clicking on the cell and typing using the keyboard.

Press Enter.

01:18 The text is left-aligned, by default.
01:22 One can change the alignment by clicking any one of the Alignment icons on the Formatting Bar.
01:30 Let's undo what we typed.
01:33 Press Ctrl+Z keys on the keyboard to undo.
01:39 In this spreadsheet, we had already typed the column headings earlier.
01:45 In Calc, we can differentiate the headings from other data by adding a style to it.
01:53 To do that, click on cell A1. Then hold the left mouse button and drag the cursor upto cell G1.
02:04 Now release the left mouse button.
02:07 We can see that all the headings got highlighted.
02:12 Now click on Styles menu in the menu bar.
02:16 We can see various heading styles.

I will select Accent 2.

02:24 Now click randomly on any cell to unselect the headings.
02:30 Notice that the headings are now highlighted with a grey colour background.
02:36 In the Items column, we’ll type the names of a few items one below the other.

Type the text as shown here.

02:47 In order to enter numbers in the cell, click on the cell and type the number.

Then press Enter.

02:57 Remember to always press the Enter key after every data-entry.
03:03 To enter a negative number, either type a minus sign before it or enclose it within parentheses.
03:13 By default, numbers are right-aligned and negative numbers have a leading minus symbol.
03:20 Let us delete these entries.
03:23 Select all the cells to be deleted by holding the Shift key and clicking each cell.

Now press the Delete key on the keyboard.

03:36 In the SN column, we want the serial number of each item one below the other.
03:43 So click on cell A2 and enter numbers as 1, 2, 3 one below the other.
03:53 Remember to press Enter key after typing each number.
03:58 In order to auto-fill the serial numbers in the subsequent cells, click on the cell A4.
04:06 Click on a little black box that is visible at the bottom-right corner of the cell.
04:13 Drag it till cell A7 and release the mouse button.
04:19 We see that cells A5, A6 and A7 get auto-populated with the subsequent serial numbers.
04:28 We will now enter the cost of each item under the heading Cost.
04:35 Click on the cell C3 and type the expense for House rent as Rupees 6000 point 00
04:45 Now, what if we want the number with the Rupee symbol?
04:51 Clear the value typed in cell C3 by pressing Ctrl and Z keys together.
04:59 Right-click on the cell C3 and select the Format Cells option.
05:05 This will open the Format Cells dialog box.
05:09 The first tab is Numbers. Click on it if not already selected.
05:16 Here we can see various options under Category.
05:21 Number, Percent, Currency, Date, Time and many more.
05:29 We will select Currency.
05:31 Various currency symbols from across the world are displayed in the Format list.
05:39 By default, INR Rupee English (India) is selected in the Format drop-down.
05:46 If not, click on the drop-down and select it from the displayed list.
05:51 Below the Format drop-down, we can see some sample values based on our selection.
05:58 We see minus Rupee 1234 decimal zero zero is selected for INR Rupees English India.
06:10 We can see the selected format in the small preview area on the right.
06:16 Below the Category section, we have another section named as Options.
06:22 Using this, we can increase or decrease the number of Decimal places and Leading zeroes.
06:30 When we do so, we can see the changes in the sample value and in the preview area.
06:37 We will retain the default values.
06:41 To add a comma between the values, check the Thousands separator checkbox.
06:48 One can also change the font style by clicking on the Font tab.
06:54 It has various options for Family, Style and Size.
06:59 Explore Font Effects and other tabs to learn more about them on your own.
07:07 We will learn about the options in the Alignment tab in a later tutorial.
07:13 Let’s click on the OK button at the bottom right corner.
07:18 Now type 6000 in cell C3 and press Enter.
07:24 Notice that the number 6000 is represented as Rupees 6000 with 2 decimal places.
07:34 Now, let's select cells C4 to C7 by holding the Shift key and clicking the cells.
07:43 Hold the CTRL key and select cell G2 also.
07:48 Notice all the selected cells are highlighted.
07:52 Right-click on any of the highlighted cells and select Format Cells.
07:59 Choose the same options as before.
08:03 Click on the OK button at the bottom right corner.
08:07 Click any cell in the spreadsheet to deselect the cells.
08:13 Next, we type the amount for all the items one below the other, as shown here.
08:22 Under the heading Account, we’ll type the salary for the month as 30,000.
08:29 Let’s move on to the Date column.

Click on the cell F2.

08:36 For entering date in Calc, select the cell and type the date, as shown.
08:42 Here I have used a forward slash between the date elements.
08:47 We can also separate the date elements with a hyphen.
08:52 Or use text such as 05 June 2020.
08:59 Calc recognizes a variety of date formats.
09:02 We can also customize the date formats according to our requirement.
09:09 To do so, right-click on the cell and select Format Cells option.
09:16 Click on the Numbers tab.

Under the Category section, select Date.

09:22 Under the Format section, select the date format based on your requirement.

I will choose 31 slash 12 slash 1999.

09:36 Notice the display in the preview area.
09:40 Based on our selection, the Format code will get updated.

In my case it is DD, MM and YYYY.

09:52 Once we have updated the format, click on the OK button at the bottom right.
09:58 Next, let us try some time options.
10:02 Click on any random cell. Type the time as shown.
10:08 I have separated the time elements with colons.
10:12 To further customize the time format, right-click on the respective cell and select Format Cells.
10:20 Click on Numbers tab at the top
10:23 Under Category, choose Time and the desired format under Format.

I will choose 13 colon 37 colon 46.

10:35 Notice the display in the preview area.
10:39 Also, the Format code is displayed below as HH colon MM colon SS
10:48 One can change the Format code directly as well.
10:51 Click on OK button at the bottom right.
10:56 Let us delete all the time entries from our spreadsheet.
11:01 We will now learn how to navigate within a spreadsheet from cell to cell.
11:07 We can access a particular cell by simply clicking on it with the cursor.
11:13 This changes the focus to the new cell.
11:17 This method is most useful when the two cells are far apart.
11:22 Another method of accessing a particular cell is by using the cell reference.
11:28 Click on the Name Box at the top left corner, which is located below the Font Name.
11:35 Erase the existing cell reference and type the cell reference of the cell you want to go.
11:42 I will type B4 and press Enter.
11:47 Observe that cell B4 gets highlighted.
11:52 We can also navigate between cells using the keyboard.
11:57 Press the Tab key to go to the next cell in a row.
12:02 Shift + Tab to go to the previous cell in a row.
12:07 Enter to go to the next cell in a column.
12:12 Shift plus Enter to go to the previous cell in a column.
12:17 Next, we’ll learn how to select a range of contiguous cells with the cursor.
12:24 First click on a cell and hold down the left mouse button.
12:29 Drag the cursor on the sheet.
12:32 Once the desired block of cells is highlighted, release the left mouse button.
12:38 We see that the selected cells get highlighted.
12:42 Next, we’ll learn how to select multiple columns or rows that are contiguous.
12:50 Click on the first column or row that you want to select.
12:55 Now hold down the Shift key and click the last column or row that we want to select.

We see that the selected cells get highlighted.

13:08 Let’s learn to select multiple columns or rows that are not contiguous.
13:14 Click on the first column or row that you want to select.
13:19 Hold down the Control key.
13:22 Now click on all of the subsequent columns or rows that you want to select.
13:29 We see that the selected cells get highlighted.
13:34 Save the file by pressing Ctrl plus S keys on the keyboard.
13:40 Now close the file by clicking the X icon on the top right corner.
13:46 This brings us to the end of this tutorial, let us summarize.
13:52 In this tutorial, we learnt to:

Enter numbers, text , date and time in Calc

14:01 Use the Format Cells dialog box
14:05 Navigate between cells and
14:09 Select items in rows and columns
14:13 As an assignment

Open Spreadsheet hyphen Practice dot ods

14:19 Under SN type the serial number from 1 to 5 one below the other and Align Center.
14:27 Add column headings Date and Time with the same text format
14:33 Enter some values in those columns
14:37 Use the Format Cells dialog box options to format the cells
14:43 Refer to the Code files link for the data.
14:47 Save and close the file
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