Spreadsheet Layout

To create a new spreadsheet in Google Docs, sign into your Google Docs account. Then click on the Create new button on the top left and select Spreadsheet.

On your screen will appear a basic spreadsheet, divided into numbered rows and lettered columns.

spreadsheet grid

The rows and columns intersect to create small boxes, which are called cells.

Each cell is identified by its column letter and row number.

Thus the very first cell in the upper left-hand corner is called A1.

Just below A1 is A2. Just to the right of A1 is B1. Just below B1 is B2, and so on.

In the image below, for example, cell D9 is highlighted.

cell D9 on the spreadsheet grid

Setting the View Options

You can select some settings to change the view of the spreadsheet or display toolbars you frequently use, such as the one for entering formulas to make calculations.

To do this, in the menu at the top click on View and make sure there's a check mark next to Show Formula Bar (to display a box to enter formulas).