Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Selecting Icons on the Ribbon
Although the Alt key always works, you might have an additional
key that displays the KeyTips. It is possible that you turned on this
setting in Excel 1995 and each successive upgrade of Excel has in-
herited the setting. Select File, Options, Advanced. Scroll to near the
bottom for Lotus Compatibility. Just above Transition Navigation
Keys is a setting for Microsoft Office Menu Key. I still have a slash
(/) in that box, so when I type a slash in Excel, the KeyTips display.
It is possible to memorize the KeyTips for the ribbon tabs. Pressing Alt+F
always accesses the File menu in all Office 2013 applications. Alt+H al-
ways accesses the Home tab in all Office 2013 applications. The acceler-
ator definitions for each tab remain constant even if new ribbon tabs are
displayed. When you activate a pivot table, the original KeyTip letters re-
main, and two new KeyTips appear for the contextual tabs: JT for PivotT-
able Tools Options and JY for PivotTable Tools Design (see Figure 6.2 ) .
Figure 6.2.
Figure 6.2. New ribbon tabs have new letters, so the old letters remain con-
New ribbon tabs have new letters, so the old letters remain con-
Unfortunately, the KeyTips for the Quick Access Toolbar change every time
you add new buttons or rearrange buttons on the Quick Access Toolbar. If
you want to memorize those KeyTips, you need to make sure you do not add a
new Quick Access Toolbar icon at the beginning of the list.
Selecting Icons on the Ribbon
After you press the Alt key, you can press one of the KeyTip letters to
bring up the appropriate tab. You now see that every icon on the ribbon has a
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