Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Working with Dialog Boxes and Panes
Command button. Click one of these big rectangular buttons to jump to a different
dialog box. OK and Cancel are also command buttons; OK accepts your changes and
Cancel rejects them.
Tabs. Click a tab along the top of the dialog box to see a different page of options.
In Figure 1.16, there are two tabs: Font and Character Spacing.
Dialog boxes that open or save i les have some special controls and icons all their own, but you learn
about those in more detail in Chapter 2, where you also learn to open and save your i les.
FIGURE 1.16
The Font dialog box illustrates several types of controls.
Drop-down list
Tab
Increment buttons
Checkbox
Command button
Offi ce 2013 has moved away from using dialog boxes for some features; you may also
encounter panes that ask for more information when you issue a command. A pane is a
rectangular area along the left or right side of the screen, as shown in Figure 1.17. Notice
that the Format Shape pane in Figure 1.17 has two tabs: Shape Options and Text Options.
Click one or the other of those terms near the top of the pane to switch among the differ-
ent pages of options. Beneath the selected tab are several icons; each icon shows a different
page of options as well.
Some of the additional controls are shown in Figure 1.17:
Option buttons. Option buttons are round, and operate in mutually exclusive groups.
In Figure 1.17, under the Line heading, there are three Option buttons: No line, Solid
line, and Gradient line. Option buttons are sometimes called radio buttons.
Slider. A slider enables you to drag a bar to indicate a setting along a sliding scale.
Transparency has a slider in Figure 1.17.
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