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Using the Quick Access Toolbar
Using the Quick Access Toolbar
It’s hard not to think of the ribbon as a toolbar, especially if you skipped a couple of
upgrades. The ribbon is not a toolbar according to Microsoft, and only one “real” toolbar
is left. It’s at the top of the screen, and it’s called the Quick Access Toolbar, as shown in
Figure 2-11.
Figure 2-11 The Quick Access Toolbar sits atop the Excel workspace unless you move it under
the ribbon.
To suit your work style, you can add buttons and even entire ribbon groups to the
Quick Access Toolbar. For more information, see “Customizing the Quick Access
Toolbar” in Chapter 3.
The Quick Access Toolbar is pretty much like toolbars as you knew them, with a few
exceptions. You can dock it in only two locations—either above or below the ribbon—unlike
previous toolbars that could “float” over the worksheet or be docked at the top, bottom, or
sides of the screen. And you cannot close or hide the Quick Access Toolbar.
INSIDE OUT Toolbar and ribbon customization
Some of us have spent a lot of time modifying the UI of pre-2007 versions of Excel
by changing and adding toolbars and menus. Since Excel 2007, there has been only
one toolbar, and you cannot create new ones. Perhaps not surprisingly, 98 percent of
the Excel-using public will not miss this functionality. (This statistic was gleaned from
usability surveys.) Those of us in the other 2 percent can customize the Quick Access
Toolbar, and since 2007, we have been able to tweak the ribbon as well. Hooray! See
“Customizing the Quick Access Toolbar” in Chapter 3 for more information.
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