Clear differences between Spreadsheets, Worksheets and Workbooks

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In this article, I want to discuss something that will increase your understanding of Excel. Many of us that are used to Microsoft Excel , most especially as a learner .Some of know how difficult it is to differentiate between Spreadsheets, Worksheets and Workbooks.


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Also, Spreadsheets are papers or an electronic document, arranged in a tabular form.They are used  to store, manipulate, and analyse data.

On the other hand, a worksheet which is also part of a spreadsheet. It is an electronic document used in entering, storing and analysing data in Excel.

According to Computer Hope on their Blog,  A Spreadsheet is also known as a worksheet. A spreadsheet is a file made of rows and columns.  They are used to sort data and arrange data easily. It can be used to calculate numerical data.

What makes a spreadsheet software program unique is its ability to calculate values using mathematical formulas and the data in cells.

A good example of how a spreadsheet may be utilized is creating an overview of your bank’s balance.



Excel worksheets are files that serves as a container to store related Excel worksheets. The worksheets are individual pages , whereas the workbooks is the binding that holds the pages together.

You can add or remove worksheets to suit your needs. You can also name , rename and re-arrange the order of worksheets in a particular workbook.

Also, the number of worksheets that a workbook can contain is always limited by your computer’s available memory space.


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I believe with this explanation, you should be able to distinguish the differences between Spreadsheets and worksheets. If you need further clarification. Please make use of the comment box.

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