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|A TRIBUTE |
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|Tribute built by|
|Original Program by|
Dan Bricklin and Bob Frankston
|Originally Published by|
Manual Copyright 2023 Better Sheets
Printed in Google Sheets
VisiCalc® is a registered trademark of VisiCorp
Part Number: 60913-2210
BETTER SHEETS PERSONAL COMPUTING
THE ELECTRONIC WORKSHEET
|The VisiCalc program combines the convenience and familiarity of a pocket calculator with the memory and display capabilities of the personal computer.|
|The worksheet is organized as a grid of columns and rows.The intersec- tions of the columns and rows define thousands of entry positions, each identified by its row-column coordinates. At each position you can enter a value-a formula that consists of numbers, arithmetic operators, func- tions, and references to other locations- or a labe1 that describes some part of the worksheet.|
|But the power of the VisiCalc program lies in the fact that the computer remembers the formulas and calculations you use while working through a problem. If you change a value on the worksheet, all related values change as the VisiCalc program recalculates the entire worksheet.|
|Recalculation makes the VisiCalc program a powerful planning and forecasting tool. Not only can you easily correct mistakes, you can also explore alternatives. For example, suppose you're doing sales projections using the VisiCalc program. You may want to know what the impact on your company will be if a specific project doesn't sell as well as you had anticipated. What if you sell only 200 units a month instead of 250? What if you sell 300? What if one of your sales representatives quits and it takes six weeks to bring a new person up to speed? What is the value of a training program that brings new sales representatives up to speed in two weeks?|
PREPARING THE VISICALC PROGRAM
|Make sure you copied the VisiCalc spreadsheet to your local Google Drive. |
Then open the Visicalc program. You will see the "VisiCalc Menu" next to the "Help" menu along the menu bar.
Click on the "VisiCalc Menu" > Then click "Install VisiCalc"
You will have to authorize via your own Google Drive Account.
You will recieve your serial number at the end of this step. As you would do with any valuable item, write down this number and store it in a safe place.
|If the serial number does not show up, remove the VisiCalc diskette from the drive. Turn off the computer and go to the beach. Come back and try again. If, after several tries, the VisiCalc program will not load, see your dealer for help. Email me anytime at Andrew@BetterSheets.co|
|Once the program is loaded and you have written down your serial number for safe keeping, you're ready to go on to Lesson One and begin learning to use the VisiCalc program.|
|THE VISICALC TUTORIAL|
|The screen has become a window into the computer's memory. The VisiCalc program has organized it as an electronic worksheet by dividing it into rows and columns. Rows are numbered 1, 2, 3, etc., and columns are lettered A, B, C, etc. Each intersection of a row and a column is an entry position; it is referred to by its coordinates (Al, B3, C17, etc .).|
|Now go to to Lesson One.|
|The entire power of VisiCalc can be summoned via the Command Prompt. Go to "Visicalc Menu" and click "Open Command Prompt". This will open the Command Prompt. |
You can execute any commands via the Command Prompt.
|It takes a while to scroll all the way to the lower right corner of the VisiCalc worksheet . There's an easy way to move the cursor to another position on the worksheet that takes only a few keystrokes.|
|Ask me anything you want. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or join Better Sheets as a member. I go deep into how I built this template and the code inside it in the members area at BetterSheets.co|
|Share VisiCalc with your boss. Ask them if they'd like to switch to this new fangled software spreadsheet software.|