Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Alt-ered Consciousness
Figure 1–21. The Sparkline Tools tab
Click that amber title (the color varies by whatever object you’re working with) and a new set of
tab contents barges onscreen, overriding the tab with which you’d been working to date. What you see
now instead is a battery of options devoted to Sparklines alone (Figure 1–22):
Figure 1–22. Sparkline tool buttons
Complete your Sparkline revisions, click on any other, non-Sparkline-bearing cell, and this tab
disappears, returning you to the previous tab. Whenever you click any Sparkline cell, that tab revisits
the screen (again, how Sparklines actually work is to be taken up in a later chapter). Thus these
objectspecific, now-you-see-them-now-you-don’t tabs give you swift access to the commands for working
with some special spreadsheet tools—exactly when you need them.
Alt-ered Consciousness
Now let’s add an important navigational note to the proceedings. We’ve spent a good deal of time in
the company of our trusty mice, ambling across the 2010 interface with those redoubtable pointing
devices leading the way. But there’s also a keyboard-based means for accessing all of the above
elements:
Tap the Alt key, and these lettered or numbered indicators suddenly attach to the tab headings and
the QAT (Figure 1–23):
Figure 1–23. Alt keyboard options
Then tap any one of the letters/numbers you see called Key Tips (this time without Alt), and that
tab’s contents display. Thus if you tap A as we see it here, the Data tab’s buttons will appear, each
command of which is then also lettered. Then tap any one of these letters (and note some commands
comprise two letters—these should be tapped rapidly in sequence), and the command executes, as
shown in Figure 1–24:
 
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