By Jacek Artymiak

OpenOffice Calc is the main robust and common open resource spreadsheet software in lifestyles. it's the merely genuine replacement to Excel. Jacek Artymiak is largely considered as the authority on OpenOffice Calc. he's taking you, step-by-step, from the interface and dealing with Calc records to operating with info resources small and big. Artymiak then extends the reader's skillset to facts visualization, writing advanced formulation and appearing statistical research. starting OpenOffice Calc permits you to achieve self assurance within the thought of use of statistical formulation, yet doesn't think familiarity with one other spreadsheet software.

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Sample result of the SQRT function When you need to calculate the square root of a negative value, use the ABS function to remove the minus sign (see the description of the ABS function). Strictly speaking, this is not correct from a mathematical point of view, because you cannot compute a square root of a negative number, but it is perfectly acceptable when you deal with the results produced by financial functions. If you are using a method that specifically forbids this trick, you need to work with complex numbers.

You could say that CEILING is similar to ROUND or ROUNDUP, but that is only partially true. While the ROUND function will obey the math rules for rounding fractional numbers and round them up and down accordingly, CEILING always rounds up. The ROUNDUP function is closer in its behavior to CEILING, but it needs a little more typing; for example, you have to specify the number of decimal places for results. The third argument in CEILING, mode, is used to specify rounding rules for negative numbers.

There are seven tabs in this dialog box: • Organizer—Enables you to choose one of the page styles available for this sheet. • Page—You can set Margins (useful when your printer seems to chop off parts of the printout), Paper Format (paper size, page orientation, and paper source), which you need to specify to make your printer use the right paper, if you have more than one source; otherwise use Printer settings, and Orientation, which should really be called Alignment of cells on paper—click the options and see the preview box to check the results.

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