**Spreadsheets** are amazing tools to help you organize and automate your work and/or life.

## What is a spreadsheet?

A spreadsheet is essentially a **big table **with a lot of rows and columns.

Where the rows and columns meet and form a rectangle is called a **'cell'**.

## What can spreadsheets do?

Spreadsheets can **hold, calculate, analyze, or visualize data**.

Doing these things in the right way allows you to:

- Track leads
- Generate quotes
- Manage a budget
- Complete keyword research, or even
- Create games

## Why learn about spreadsheets?

Learning how to use spreadsheets unlocks a world of potential that, in a business environment, gives you a sort of **superpower**.

The *'spreadsheet person'* in a business is __invaluable__ as they organize and automate away time-consuming processes, ultimately saving the business money. And, if something breaks (which it eventually will), the business needs their *'spreadsheet person'* to save the day.

## How to learn about spreadsheets?

Reading about spreadsheets is important… but **making spreadsheets** is exciting.

That's why each Google Sheets 101 lesson has a built-in spreadsheet. This spreadsheet doesn't have all of the features of an actual spreadsheet, but it's got more than enough to teach you the basics.

In each lesson you'll learn a spreadsheet concept and immediately complete exercises related to that concept.

To move on to the next lesson, you must correctly complete the current lesson's exercise.

## Using the interactive spreadsheet

You can select cells by clicking on them while the formula bar is empty (the selected cell/s will have a blue border):

You can then enter formulas into the selected cell using the formula bar:

When the correct formula is entered, the next lesson becomes available:

Now let's get started:

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