Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Exploring the ribbon
The ribbon speaks
For years now, many of us in the computer-book-writing business have been
anticipating early retirement due to the expected advent of stunningly simple user interfaces and
the holy grail of “self-documenting” software. In reality, this goal has proven as elusive as
the “paperless office,” so we’ve kept pretty busy. But Office 2013 represents another fine
attempt at rendering our jobs obsolete. You can gain helpful information about your
immediate surroundings simply by brandishing your pointer. For example, the left side of Figure
2-6 shows the ScreenTip that opens when you rest the pointer anywhere in the Number
Format drop-down list. The right side of Figure 2-6 shows what happens when you click the
Number Format drop-down list.
The icons representing the various options in the Number Format drop-down list shown in
Figure 2-6 are another step in the right documentation direction, although further
exploration might be required to discover the meaning of items such as the cryptic “12” icon for
the Number format. (See “Using Accounting formats” in Chapter 9, “Worksheet formatting
techniques.”) And, as always, you can press F1 at any time to open the Excel Help window
and gain additional insight.
Figure 2-6 Rest your pointer on an object on the ribbon to display an explanatory ScreenTip.
Click any arrow on the ribbon to display a menu, list, or gallery of options.