Frequently I get this question from readers who are pretty new to MS Excel, so I thought I would explain it to you all now.
Q: I hear the terms “workbook” and “worksheet” used frequently when people discuss MS Excel. What exactly is a workbook? A worksheet? Is there a difference?
A: Well, to begin with, there is definitely a difference.
- A workbook is the MS Excel file in which you enter and store related data.
- A worksheet (also known as a spreadsheet) is a collection of cells on a single “sheet” where you actually keep and manipulate the data.
Each workbook can contain many worksheets. (It’s a lot like a book. One book contains an entire story. Each page of the book contains part of the story, etc).
Often, one workbook has a single theme, such as a personal budget. Each worksheet would then have a part of that theme, such as the budget broken down by month.
There you go. It’s that simple!