Calc is a spreadsheet application. It is a component of LibreOffice in which you can enter data (mostly numerical) into a spreadsheet, and then manipulate this data to produce certain results. Alternatively, you can enter data and then use Calc in a ‘What if’ manner by changing some of the data and observing the results without having to retype all of the data again. Functions can be used to create formulas to perform complex calculations on data.
Using this TutorialLibreOffice runs on a number of platforms like Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X operating systems, each of which has several versions and can be customized by users (fonts, colors, themes, window managers). The illustrations given in this tutorial have been taken from a Windows machine. Therefore, some illustrations will not look exactly like what you see on your computer display if you are using some other OS.
Some of the common terms which you are going to encounter in this tutorial have been described here.
A dialogbox is a special type of window. Its purpose is to inform you of something, or request input from you, or both.
In most cases, you can interact only with the dialog (not the document itself) as long as the dialog remains open. When you close the dialog after use (usually, clicking ‘OK’ or another button saves your changes and closes the dialog), then you can again work with your document. Though, some dialogs can be left open as you work, so you can switch back and forth between the dialog and your document.
A drop-down menu is a list of clickable options which gets displayed on click of a button. A sub-menu is a similar list of clickable options which is displayed on the click of one of the options from the main menu, which is mostly going to be a drop-down menu.
Other than these, all the other terms which are going to be used in this tutorial are going to be defined as we move along with the course.