Cell References in MS Works Formulas
While the formula in the previous step works, it has one drawback. If you want to change the data being calculated you need to edit or rewrite the formula.
A better way would be to write the formula so that you can change the data without having to change the formula itself.
To do this, you would type the data into cells and then, in the formula, tell MS Works which cells in the spreadsheet the data is located in. A cell's location in the spreadsheet is referred to as its cell reference.
The cell reference is a combination of the column letter and row number -- such as A1, B3, or Z345. When writing cell references the column letter always comes first.
So, instead of writing this formula in cell C1:
= 3 + 2
write this instead:
= A1+ A2
Note: When you click on a cell containing a formula in MS Works (see the image above), the formula always appears in the formula bar located above the column letters.