Data Tables—more commonly known today as spreadsheets—were invented to organize arrays of information that our brains can't recall.
Spreadsheets help us sort and label in a way that makes sense, so we can reference it and perform calculations later.
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For this tutorial, though, you should start with a blank spreadsheet.
The Google Sheets interface should remind you of at least one other spreadsheet app you’ve seen before, with familiar text editing icons and tabs for extra sheets.
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As our tools evolved, programs like Excel (the most popular spreadsheet software of the last 30 years) made digital spreadsheets one of the most popular uses of computers.