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Workbooks and Worksheets in Excel

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!

~ April