Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
The Excel User Interface
Task pane
Excel 2002 introduced the task pane. This is a multipurpose UI element that is normally docked
on a side of Excel’s window (but you can drag it anywhere you like). You can use the task pane
for a variety of purposes, including displaying the Office Clipboard, providing research assistance,
displaying pivot table fields, and mapping XML data. Figure 1-6 shows the task pane that appears
when you insert clip art.
Figure 1-6: The Clip Art task pane allows you to search for and insert an image.
Drag and drop
Excel’s drag-and-drop UI feature enables you to freely drag objects that reside on the drawing
layer to change their position. Pressing Ctrl while dragging duplicates the selected objects. These
objects include shapes, embedded charts, and SmartArt.
Excel also permits drag-and-drop actions on cells and ranges. You can easily drag the contents of
a cell or range to a different position. And pressing Ctrl while dragging copies the selected range.
You can disable the ability to drag and drop the contents of cells. To change this
setting, choose File➜Options to display the Excel Options dialog box. Click the Advanced
tab and clear the Enable Fill Handle and Cell Drag-and-Drop check box (located in the
Editing Options section).
Keyboard shortcuts
In addition to the keyboard shortcuts for navigating the Ribbon, Excel has many other keyboard
shortcuts that execute commands directly. For example, you can press Ctrl+C to copy a selection.
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