1. A cell is the intersection between a row and a column on a spreadsheet that starts with cell A1. Below is an illustrated example of a highlighted cell in Microsoft Excel; the cell address, cell name, or cell pointer "D8" (column D, row 8) is the selected cell and the location of what is being modified.


In the above example and as mentioned earlier "D8" is the active cell and in the formula bar you can see that the cell content is "=SUM(D2:D5)" that is giving the result of "$162.00" for the Total of cells D2 through D5.

Each cell in a spreadsheet can contain any value that can be called using a relative cell reference or called upon using a formula. See our spreadsheet definition for further information on using spreadsheets.

How many cells are in a spreadsheet?

With Microsoft Excel 2010, 1,048,576 rows by 16,384 columns are support, which means there can be 17,179,869,184 cells. Each cell supports up to a maximum of 32,767 characters.

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2. Like a spreadsheet cell, a cell is section within an HTML table that is created using the HTML <td> tag.

3. Cell is another name for a cell phone.

4. A cell refers to a unit of data that is transferred over an ATM network.

5. Cell is the geographical area that a cell tower covers, for cell phone reception. It is often measured in square miles and may overlap with another cell tower's cell.

Also see: Cel, Range, Relative cell reference, Row, Spreadsheet