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Q2 Party Planner: Data Format, Insert & Merge

13. Dig the Data

This video shows Google Sheets, however the steps for Microsoft Excel are almost identical, and any differences will be identified in the steps below.



You have set up your basic spreadsheet for your party and have entered the data.  There are special formatting features you can do to make it more legible for others.  

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I Can Statement

  • format, insert data and merge cells

Key Vocabulary

Format: To format is to change the formatting of the cell number without changing the number itself. (e.g., font size, font border)

Insert: To insert is to add data to cells.

Merge: To merge is to turn two or more cells into one cell.

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Format your spreadsheet

Sample Image for Spreadsheet Formatting


Step 1 - Open the existing Party Planner spreadsheet.
Step 2 - Align the text for column B and C so it is in the center.
Step 3 - Select column A and color it light blue, select column B and color it light green, and select column C and make it light pink.
Step 4 - Put a border around each cell.
Step 5 - Have a row labeled TOTALS below the last name and make it bold.
Step 6 - Make the header row bold.
Step 7 - "Fit" the column to the content with a double-click on the line between the columns

Insert and Merge Cells

Sample Image for Insert and Merge


Step 1 - Google Sheets: Select row 1, go to INSERT on the menu bar and select ROW ABOVE. Microsoft Excel: Select row 1, do a right-click with the mouse and select insert. rows or locate insert row on the home menu
Step 2 - In Cell A1 put your name and the type of party you are planning. 
Step 3 - Select Cells A1, B1, and C1.
Step 4 -While selected, locate and select the Merge Cells icon
Step 5 - Make the font for this row size 14, change the font color to blue, and align the center.
Step 6 - Check with your teacher to see how they want you to submit or share this document.

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