Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Keeping Tabs…on a New One
Figure 1–14. The Format Cells dialog box
Look familiar? If you’ve used any of Excel’s pre-2007 releases, it should. What’s you’re seeing is
the g ood ol d For mat Ce l l s di al og box, the same obj e ct that woul d hav e made i ts way on to y our scr e e n
via the menu bar command/drop-down-menu sequence in the older versions. This dialog box, and
others like it that have seeped into the 2010 interface, make a retro visit to the predecessors of Excel
2010, as if to afford discombobulated users a friendly, tried-and-true alternative to all those
n e wfan g l e d tabs an d g r oups the y ’ r e face d wi th n ow.
An d thi s con ti n ui ty —the av ai l abi l i ty of di al og boxe s fr om e ar l i e r Exce l g e n e r ati on s—di v ul g e s a
kind of open secret about Excel 2010 to users of the pre-2007 era: Once you drill down beneath the
Tab-Group interface and reach the commands that actually make something happen on the
spreadsheet, you’ll find that many—though certainly not all–of these commands, particularly those in
dialog boxes, are virtual replicas of earlier ones. The fact is that much of the DNA of earlier Excel
generations has been encoded into 2010, pointing us to the conclusion that Excel 2010 isn’t quite the
radical break with the past you may first take it to be. The wheel hasn’t been completely reinvented,
even if the hubcap has been restyled.
Keeping Tabs…on a New One
On the other hand, even if you’re coming to Excel 2010 from the 2007 rendition, you’ll quickly observe
one significant departure from that latter interface—the debut of the File tab, distinguished from all the
other tabs by its conspicuous green cast. The File tab supplants the 2007 Office button—perhaps destined
to go down as a one-hit wonder, having come and gone with that release alone (See Figure 1–15.)
Figure 1–15. The Office 2007 button
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