Microsoft Excel Functions Knowledge Test! Trivia Quiz

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• 1.

The ___ function adds all of the numbers in a range of cells

Explanation
The SUM function is used to add all of the numbers in a range of cells. It is a built-in function in spreadsheet software that allows for quick and efficient calculation of the sum of multiple values. By specifying the range of cells, the SUM function adds up all the numbers within that range and returns the total sum.

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• 2.

Number values are often called labels.

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
Explanation
Number values are not often called labels. Labels are typically used to represent categorical or qualitative data, while number values are used to represent quantitative or numerical data. Therefore, the statement is false.

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• 3.

Cell contents are either values or formulas.

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
Explanation
Cell contents can be either values or formulas. Values are static data entered directly into the cell, such as numbers, text, or dates. Formulas, on the other hand, are equations that perform calculations using values from other cells. Therefore, the statement is true and the correct answer is False.

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• 4.

The values that an Excel function uses to perform operations are called

arguments
Explanation
In Excel, arguments are the values that are provided to a function in order to perform calculations or operations. These arguments can be numbers, text, cell references, or other functions. The function uses these arguments to carry out the desired operation and return a result.

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• 5.

An excel document is called a

workbook
Explanation
An excel document is called a workbook because it refers to a file that contains multiple worksheets or spreadsheets. A workbook acts as a container for organizing and managing data in Excel. It allows users to create, edit, and store various sheets within a single file. Each sheet within the workbook can be used to input and analyze data independently, making it a convenient and efficient way to handle complex data sets. Therefore, the term "workbook" accurately describes the nature and functionality of an excel document.

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• 6.

A ______is formatted as a pattern of uniformly spaced horizontal rows and vertical columns

worksheet
Explanation
A worksheet is formatted as a pattern of uniformly spaced horizontal rows and vertical columns. This format allows for organizing and presenting data in a structured manner, making it easier to input, manipulate, and analyze information. Worksheets are commonly used in spreadsheet software like Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets, where users can enter data into cells and perform calculations or create charts based on the data. The uniform spacing of rows and columns ensures consistency and facilitates efficient data management.

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• 7.

An excel formula begins with which symbol?

equal sign =
Explanation
An excel formula begins with the equal sign (=) because it is used to indicate that the following characters are part of a formula and not just regular text. This symbol tells Excel to perform a calculation or function using the values or references that come after it. Without the equal sign, Excel would interpret the characters as text rather than a formula, resulting in incorrect calculations or errors.

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• 8.

The____allows the user to enter or edit he value or formula contained in the active cell.

formula bar
Explanation
The formula bar is a feature in spreadsheet software that allows the user to enter or edit the value or formula contained in the active cell. It is located at the top of the spreadsheet interface and provides a convenient and accessible way for users to input or modify data in a cell. By typing directly into the formula bar, users can easily enter numerical values, text, or complex formulas, making it an essential tool for data manipulation and analysis.

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• 9.

Two or more cells that Excel treats as a single unit is called a

range
Explanation
In Excel, a range refers to a group of two or more cells that are selected together. When cells are grouped into a range, they can be manipulated or formatted as a single unit. This allows users to perform calculations or apply formatting to multiple cells simultaneously, saving time and effort. By selecting a range, users can easily perform operations such as summing the values, applying formulas, or changing the formatting across the entire range of cells.

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• 10.

The ____is outlined in black and is ready to accept data.

active cell
Explanation
The active cell refers to the currently selected cell in a spreadsheet or table. It is highlighted or outlined in black to indicate that it is ready to accept data or perform actions such as editing, formatting, or applying formulas. The active cell is where any input or changes made will be applied to, making it an important element in data manipulation and analysis.

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• 11.

Anything a user types into a cell is known as a

cell content
Explanation
In the context of a spreadsheet or worksheet, a cell is a rectangular box where data can be entered. The data entered into a cell is referred to as the cell content. This can include numbers, text, formulas, or any other type of information that the user inputs. The answer "cell content" accurately describes anything that a user types into a cell, as it encompasses all types of data that can be entered into a cell.

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• 12.

The small black square in the lower right corner of a selected cell is called a

fill handle
Explanation
The small black square in the lower right corner of a selected cell is called a fill handle. The fill handle is used to quickly copy and fill data into adjacent cells. By dragging the fill handle, the content of the selected cell can be automatically filled into the neighboring cells, either by copying the value or by filling a series of numbers, dates, or other patterns. The fill handle is a convenient tool for quickly populating a range of cells with similar data.

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• 13.

Values are compared using a ___ operator

comparison
Explanation
The given answer is correct because values are compared using a comparison operator. Comparison operators are used to compare two values and determine their relationship, such as whether they are equal, not equal, greater than, less than, etc. These operators are essential in programming to make decisions based on the comparison results.

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• 14.

The _____ function counts the number of cells within a range that meets a certain criteria.

COUNTIF
Explanation
The COUNTIF function is used to count the number of cells within a range that meet a specific criteria. It allows you to specify the range of cells to be counted and the criteria that the cells must meet. This function is useful for analyzing data and determining the number of cells that satisfy a particular condition.

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• 15.

Excel’s ____ function retreats the date and time from the computer’s calendar and clock.

NOW
Explanation
The NOW function in Excel retrieves the current date and time from the computer's calendar and clock.

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• 16.

To ___ a table means to arrange all of the data in a specific order.

sort
Explanation
To sort a table means to arrange all of the data in a specific order. This process involves organizing the information in a structured manner, such as alphabetically, numerically, or chronologically. Sorting allows for easier analysis and retrieval of data, as it brings together similar or related items. It can be done in ascending or descending order, depending on the desired arrangement.

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• 17.

A gallery of text styles that can be used to apply decorative effects to text is called a

Word Art
Explanation
A gallery of text styles that can be used to apply decorative effects to text is called Word Art. Word Art is a feature in various software applications, including Microsoft Word, that allows users to enhance their text with various artistic effects such as shadows, gradients, and 3D effects. It provides a range of pre-designed styles and effects that can be applied to text to make it visually appealing and eye-catching. Word Art is commonly used in graphic design, presentations, and other visual projects to add creativity and visual interest to text elements.

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• 18.

An image that appears to have length, depth and width is said to be

3d
Explanation
The term "3D" refers to a three-dimensional image that appears to have length, depth, and width. This means that the image is not flat or two-dimensional, but rather it has a sense of depth and can be viewed from different angles. In contrast, a two-dimensional image only has length and width, like a photograph or a painting. Therefore, when an image is described as "3D," it means that it has an added dimension and appears more realistic and immersive.

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• 19.

The Excel operator for greater than or equal to is said to be

>=
Explanation
The correct answer is >=. This operator is used in Excel to compare two values and determine if the first value is greater than or equal to the second value. It returns a logical value of TRUE if the condition is met and FALSE if it is not.

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• 20.

Each pie slice displayed on a pie chart is an example of a

data marker
Explanation
Each pie slice displayed on a pie chart represents a specific portion or category of data. These slices act as data markers, visually representing the data points or values they represent. By using different colors or patterns for each slice, the chart effectively communicates the distribution or composition of the data set. Therefore, the correct answer is "data marker."

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• 21.

A ___ _______ shows the relationship of each part of the data to the whole.

Pie Chart
Explanation
A pie chart is a type of visual representation that shows the relationship of each part of the data to the whole. It is commonly used to display data in percentages or proportions, where each category is represented by a slice of the pie. The size of each slice corresponds to the proportionate value it represents in relation to the whole. This type of chart is particularly useful for illustrating data that can be divided into distinct categories and comparing the relative sizes or shares of each category.

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• 22.

You would ____ a table if you wanted to display only data that matched specific criteria.

filter
Explanation
To display only data that matches specific criteria, you would use a filter. A filter allows you to sort through a large amount of data and display only the information that meets certain conditions or criteria. By applying a filter, you can easily narrow down the data to focus on what is relevant and eliminate any unnecessary information.

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• 23.

By including worksheets in a _____ you can enter or edit data on them simultaneously.

group
Explanation
By including worksheets in a group, you can enter or edit data on them simultaneously. This means that any changes made to one worksheet within the group will automatically be applied to all the other worksheets in the group. This can be useful when working on a project that requires input or edits across multiple worksheets, as it allows for efficient and synchronized data entry.

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• 24.

A predefined formula is called a

function
Explanation
A predefined formula is called a function because a function is a set of instructions or operations that can be performed on one or more input values to produce a desired output. In programming or mathematics, functions are used to encapsulate a specific task or calculation that can be reused multiple times. They are predefined to provide a standardized and efficient way of performing common operations, making the code more modular and easier to maintain. Therefore, the term "function" accurately describes a predefined formula that can be used to calculate specific results.

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• 25.

On a line chart, the y-axis is known as

value axis
Explanation
The y-axis on a line chart is known as the value axis because it represents the numerical values or measurements of the data being plotted. It is used to show the dependent variable or the variable being measured on the vertical axis. The value axis helps in understanding the relationship between the x-axis (which represents the independent variable) and the corresponding values or trends of the data points on the line chart.

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• 26.

The spacing between the tick marks is determined by the

Major units value
Explanation
The spacing between the tick marks on a graph or chart is determined by the major units value. This value represents the interval or distance between each tick mark on the axis. For example, if the major units value is set to 5, then there will be a tick mark every 5 units on the axis. This helps to visually represent the data in a clear and organized manner, making it easier for viewers to interpret the information being presented.

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• 27.

If you want to chart trends over time use a

line chart/graph
Explanation
A line chart/graph is the best option for charting trends over time because it allows for the visualization of data points connected by lines, showing the progression and direction of the trend. This type of chart is ideal for displaying continuous data, such as stock prices, population growth, or temperature changes, over a specific period. The line chart/graph provides a clear and concise representation of how the data changes over time, making it easier to identify patterns, fluctuations, and overall trends.

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• 28.

On a line chart, the x-axis is known as the

category axis
Explanation
The x-axis on a line chart is known as the category axis because it represents the different categories or groups being compared. It is typically used to display qualitative data or discrete variables, such as time periods, names, or labels. The category axis helps to organize and differentiate the data points along the horizontal axis, allowing for easy comparison and analysis of the values associated with each category.

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• 29.

Goal Seek is an example of a

What if analysis
Explanation
Goal Seek is an example of a "What if analysis" because it allows users to determine the input value needed to achieve a desired result. It helps in understanding how changes in one variable can impact the outcome of a formula or calculation. By specifying a target value and adjusting the input value, Goal Seek calculates the necessary value to achieve the desired result. This type of analysis is useful for making informed decisions and understanding the sensitivity of a model to different variables.

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• 30.

Changing a value in a cell to see what effect it has on values in other cells that are calculated using the value is said to be doing

what if analysis
Explanation
What if analysis refers to the process of changing a value in a cell to observe the impact it has on other cells that are calculated using that value. It allows users to explore different scenarios and understand how changes in one variable can affect the overall outcome. By performing what if analysis, users can make informed decisions and evaluate the sensitivity of their calculations to different input values.

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• 31.

An Excel worksheet is made up of one or more workbooks.

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
Explanation
An Excel worksheet is not made up of workbooks, but rather a workbook is made up of one or more worksheets. A workbook is the main file in Excel that can contain multiple worksheets, which are individual sheets where data can be entered and manipulated. Therefore, the statement that an Excel worksheet is made up of one or more workbooks is incorrect.

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• 32.

You can select an element of a chart to format by using the chart’s element box.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
The statement is true because the element box allows you to select and format specific elements within a chart. This feature is commonly found in chart editing tools and allows users to customize the appearance and formatting of individual chart elements such as data points, axis labels, titles, and legends. By selecting an element in the chart's element box, users can apply various formatting options such as changing colors, fonts, sizes, and styles to enhance the visual presentation of the chart.

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• 33.

Excel does not have a spell checker.

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
Explanation
Excel does have a spell checker. This feature allows users to check the spelling of words in their spreadsheet and make corrections if necessary. The spell checker in Excel helps to ensure that the text entered is accurate and free from spelling errors. Users can access the spell checker through the Review tab in the Excel ribbon, where they can choose to check the spelling of the entire worksheet or just a selected range of cells.

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• 34.

Arithmetic operators are used to perform basic mathematical operations in Excel.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
Arithmetic operators are indeed used in Excel to perform basic mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. These operators allow users to manipulate numerical data and perform calculations within Excel spreadsheets. Therefore, the statement "Arithmetic operators are used to perform basic mathematical operations in Excel" is true.

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• 35.

If a value is changed in in a cell, Excel recalculates all formulas that reference that cell.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
When a value is changed in a cell, Excel automatically updates all formulas that reference that cell. This ensures that any dependent formulas are recalculated accurately based on the new value. This feature is useful in maintaining data integrity and ensuring that all calculations are up to date. Therefore, the given statement is true.

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• 36.

When the user changes a value in a cell, Excel automatically recalculates.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
When a user changes a value in a cell, Excel automatically recalculates because it has built-in formulas and functions that depend on the values of other cells. This automatic recalculation ensures that all the formulas and functions in the spreadsheet are updated and reflect the latest changes made by the user. This feature saves time and effort for the user, as they don't have to manually recalculate the entire spreadsheet every time a value is changed.

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• 37.

A pie chart should be limited to no more than seven categories.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
A pie chart should be limited to no more than seven categories because it becomes difficult to interpret and compare the proportions accurately when there are too many categories. With more than seven categories, the slices of the pie become smaller and harder to distinguish, leading to confusion and potential misinterpretation of the data. Limiting the number of categories ensures that the chart remains clear and easy to understand for the audience.

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• 38.

.A menu that is context sensitive displays options related to the current task.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
A context-sensitive menu displays options that are relevant and related to the current task or context. This means that the menu dynamically changes based on the specific situation or object being interacted with. It provides users with a more efficient and streamlined experience by only showing options that are applicable to their current needs. Therefore, the statement "A menu that is context sensitive displays options related to the current task." is true.

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