The purpose of a spreadsheet is to manipulate data and perform calculations on those data. In order to understand how to use Gnumeric, it is necessary to understand what types of data are available and how these types can be manipulated.
Because all of the data which are entered into a Gnumeric workbook can eventually be stored in a file, the file contents define the kinds of data which can be entered into the spreadsheet. A file contains:
This chapter describes the information which can be stored in spreadsheet cells. This includes the five types of data which cells can contain and the formatting which can be applied to each cell. The chapter first describes the five data types available, then describes the formatting which can be performed on each cell, then explains how data can be inserted into a spreadsheet and finally describes how to copy and move data around a worksheet along with the transformations which can be performed as the data are moved. This chapter does not describe other types of data which can be stored in a spreadsheet such as drawing elements and graphs used to chart data. These are explained in later chapters.