System and methods for improved spreadsheet interface with user-familiar objects

  • US 6,282,551 B1
  • Filed: 07/20/1998
  • Issued: 08/28/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/08/1992
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. In an electronic spreadsheet for processing alphanumeric information, said said electronic spreadsheet comprising a three-dimensional spreadsheet operative in a digital computer and including a plurality of cells for entering data and formulas, a method for organizing the three-dimensional spreadsheet comprising:

  • partitioning said plurality of cells into a plurality of two-dimensional cell matrices so that each of the two-dimensional cell matrices can be presented to a user as a spreadsheet page;

    associating each of the cell matrices with a user-settable page identifier which serves as a unique identifier for said each cell matrix;

    creating in a first cell of a first page at least one formula referencing a second cell of a second page said formula including the user-settable page identifier for the second page; and

    storing said first and second pages of the plurality of cell matrices such that they appear to the user as being stored within a single file.

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