Brain Teaser #10

This article is one in a series presenting labor and time-saving techniques to accomplish real-world computing tasks. The goal is to stimulate the reader's imagination and to demonstrate creative and highly practical ways of applying computer application program features.

Create a Spreadsheet in Notepad

Task

You and a friend are hanging out at an Internet cafe one afternoon. The two of you are talking about cool computer stuff and your friend tells you he knows a way that he can create a spreadsheet, complete with data and formulas, using Notepad.

You say 'no way', but he insists he can. He jots a few lines down on a piece of scrap paper and shows it to you. Here's what he wrote:
 
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=sum(a1:a3),Sum
=min(a1:a3),Minimum
=max(a1:a3),Maximum
 

Are you convinced?




Bruce Miller, 2008, 2016

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