Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Excel’s User Interface
Figure 2-5: When you select an object, contextual tabs contain tools for working with that object.
Types of commands on the Ribbon
For the most part, the commands in the Ribbon work just as you’d expect them to. You’ll
encounter several different styles of commands on the Ribbon:
h Simple buttons: Click the button, and it does its thing. An example of a simple button is
the Increase Font Size button in the Font group of the Home tab. Some buttons perform
the action immediately; others display a dialog box so that you can enter additional
information. Button controls may or may not be accompanied by text.
h Toggle buttons: A toggle button is clickable and also conveys some type of information
by displaying two different colors. An example is the Bold button in the Font group of the
Home tab. If the active cell isn’t bold, the Bold button displays in its normal color. But if
the active cell is already bold, the Bold button displays a different background color. If
you click this button, it toggles the Bold attribute for the selection.
h Simple drop-downs: If the Ribbon command has a small downward-pointing arrow, then
the command is a drop-down list. Click it, and additional commands appear below it. An
example of a simple drop-down is the Merge and Center command in the Alignment
group of the Home Tab. When you click this control, you see four options related to
merging and centering information.
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