The Parts of Gnumeric

After opening, Gnumeric appears as was shown in Figure 3-1 but is shown below with the major components labeled. The open application contains a menubar at the top, two toolbars below the menu bar, and below these, on the left, the object toolbar, and, on the right, the data entry area above the cell grid area which itself is above the list of worksheets and the information area.

Figure 3-2The parts of Gnumeric

The part names are listed below along with a reference to the section that discusses that element. If you are reading this document on a computer, you may be able to click on a reference to jump to that section of the manual.

1 The menubar

The menubar provides access to the core functions of GNOME. Almost everything that you can do in Gnumeric you can do through the menus. We discuss the menus and menubar in Section 4.2 ― Menus.

2 The standard toolbar

The standard toolbar provides shortcuts for the most used items in the menus. We discuss the toolbars in Section 4.4 ― Toolbars and this toolbar in particular in Section 4.4.2 ― The Standard Toolbar.

3 The format toolbar

The format toolbar changes the display properties of data in the workbook. We present it in Section 4.4.3 ― The Format Toolbar, part of the general discussion of toolbars in Section 4.4 ― Toolbars.

4 The object toolbar

This toolbar enables you to draw graphic elements on the sheet, such as text labels, big red circles or thin green arrows. You can use these to bring attention to a particular part of a worksheet. We explain the object toolbar in Section 4.4.5 ― The Object Toolbar in the Section 4.4 ― Toolbars portion of this manual.

5 The data entry area

The data entry area is useful for the modification of complex formulas. We discuss it in Section 4.5 ― Data Entry Area.

6 The cell grid area

The cell area lies in the middle of all the rest. The cell area includes the row and column labels, the scrollbars and the tabs below. We explain the use of these elements in Section 4.6 ― The Cell Grid.

7 The information area

This area is used by Gnumeric to give you feedback on the status of certain operations. We explain this information in Section 4.7 ― The Information Area.

For a detailed explanation of each of these elements, see Section 4.1 ― Overview.

By default, Gnumeric opens a workbook with three worksheets and a file name of Book1.gnumeric.