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What term describes a cell that is ready for input?

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An active cell is the name of a cell that is ready for a user to enter data into it. It mainly applies to selected cells in spreadsheet applications, such as Microsoft Excel.

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An active cell has special formatting that none of the other cells in a worksheet have, to distinguish it as ready for input. In Excel, a heavy, dark border, or cell pointer, outlines the active cell. Word processing applications only have an active cell if a user creates a table, but there is no special formatting to indicate which one it is, other than the blinking cursor inside the cell the user has clicked.

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