Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Excel’s User Interface
narrower. Notice that some of the descriptive text is gone, but the icons remain. Figure 2-4
shows the extreme case, in which the window is very narrow. Some of the groups display a single
icon. However, if you click the icon, all the group commands are available to you.
Figure 2-2: The Home tab of the Ribbon.
Figure 2-3: The Home tab when Excel’s window is narrower.
Figure 2-4: The Home tab when Excel’s window is very narrow.
If you’d like to hide the Ribbon to increase your worksheet view, just double-click any
of the tabs. The Ribbon goes away, and you’ll be able to see about four additional rows
of your worksheet. When you need to use the Ribbon again, just click any tab, and it
comes back. You can also press Ctrl+F1 to toggle the Ribbon display or use the ^
control, to the left of the Help icon in the tab bar.
Contextual tabs
In addition to the standard tabs, Excel includes contextual tabs. Whenever an object (such as a
chart, a table, a picture, or SmartArt) is selected, tools for working with that specific object are
made available in the Ribbon.
Figure 2-5 shows the contextual tabs that appear when an embedded equation is selected. In this
case, Excel displays two contextual tabs: Format (for working with object) and Design (for
working with the equation). Notice that the contextual tabs contain a description (Drawing Tools and
Equation Tools) in Excel’s title bar. When contextual tabs are displayed, you can, of course,
continue to use all the other tabs.
 
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