Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Keeping Tabs…on a New One
The suspicion was that too many users mistook this button for nothing more than an inert logo
when they first saw it, and not as the repository of important commands it actually was (my wife, a
moderately experienced user, tells me it took her ages to figure out what the button did). In any case,
click the 2010 File tab and this time you won’t r oll out one more array of buttons atop your screen;
instead, you’ll see something like Figure 1–16:
Figure 1–16. All buttoned up: How the 2010 File menu looks
Clicking File, the rough—very rough—equivalent of the pre-2007 menu bar command with the
same name can bring you to a number of notable destinations gathered in what’s called the Backstage:
For starters, it presents you with a list of recently accessed spreadsheets, so you
can swiftly retrieve them again.
It offers up basic Office commands that affect files, such as Open, Save, Save As,
It warehouses various printing options.
It contains numerous default settings, e.g., the typeface and font size in effect
when you start any new spreadsheet. Of course, the defaults are there to be
changed, as you see fit. For example – if you want to change Excel’s default font,
cl i ck Fi l e Options General, and then enter the appropriate font and font size
choices in the dr op-down menus.
It furnishes Excel’s Help component.
And File allows you to customize your ribbon in a variety of ways, either by enabling you to
fashion new groups you can then post inside the existing tabs (quick review: groups are the
subdivisions of tabs) or freeing you to customize new tabs altogether, by selecting, grouping, and
subsumi n g comman ds un de r a n e w tab n ame of y our de v i si ng .