I’ve seen spreadsheets that are basically interactive tutorials, and many more loaded with what Edward Tufte refers to as “chartjunk” — embellishments that do nothing to make the presentation of information more effective. Yet, generally, spreadsheets are treated pragmatically. Certainly, few people worry about their layout than the layout of text documents. Still, even if you share this attitude, learning the basic formatting options for cells in OpenOffice.org Calc can be worth your time. Many of the options directly effect how you interact with spreadsheets, and even the purely visual ones can make your lists and calculations easier to read at a glance.
December 31, 2006
Formatting cells in OpenOffice.org Calc