Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Exploring the ribbon
Note
If you need to maximize your worksheet area, you can temporarily hide the ribbon by
double-clicking the active tab. Once it is hidden, clicking any tab puts the ribbon back
into view.
Drop-down lists and dialog box launchers
The Number group on the Home tab, shown in Figure 2-6, contains the aforementioned
Number Format drop-down list, four regular buttons, and a menu button (the $ sign),
which acts like any other button when you click the button proper, but when you click the
arrow next to it, it displays a drop-down list of alternate actions for that button. Anytime
you see an arrow directly to the right of a button or a box on the ribbon, clicking the arrow
reveals more options. (Just to confuse the issue a bit, the Increase Font Size and Decrease
Font Size buttons in the Font group display arrows that are identical to the menu arrows
but are actually part of the button images and don’t invoke drop-down lists.)
Many groups display a tiny button in the bottom-right corner called a dialog box launcher
(labeled for your convenience in Figure 2-2). This is a visual cue telling you there is more
you can do there. When you rest the pointer on a dialog box launcher, a ScreenTip opens
with details about its function; click the dialog box launcher to display the promised result,
as shown in Figure 2-7.
INSIDE OUT Just pin it
Whether you have Windows 7 or Windows 8, Excel lives in similar surroundings. In
Windows 8, Excel runs on the desktop, which is similar to Windows 7, but without a
Start button. This means that there is no Start menu with programs pinned to it, and no
All Programs menu, either. If you are on the Windows 8 Start screen, click the Excel tile,
which activates the desktop and starts Excel. But if you’re on the desktop, you have to
go back to the Start screen to start Excel. Or you can pin it to the taskbar. The taskbar is
standard equipment in both Windows versions. On the Windows 8 Start screen,
rightclick the Excel tile, and then click the Pin To Taskbar icon. In Windows 7, right-click the
Excel icon and click the Pin To Taskbar command.
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