Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Chapter 1: The Excel 2013 User Experience
The Excel 2013 User Experience
In This Chapter
▶ Getting familiar with the Excel 2013 program window and Backstage view
▶ Selecting commands from the Ribbon
▶ Customizing the Quick Access toolbar
▶ Methods for starting Excel 2013
▶ Surfing an Excel 2013 worksheet and workbook
▶ Getting some help with using this program
Excel 2013, like Excel 2010 and Excel 2007 before it, relies upon a single
strip at the top of the worksheet called the Ribbon that puts the bulk of
the Excel commands you use at your fingertips at all times.
Add to the Ribbon a File tab and a Quick Access toolbar — along with a few
remaining task panes (Clipboard, Clip Art, and Research) — and you end up
with the handiest way to crunch your numbers, produce and print polished
financial reports, as well as organize and chart your data. In other words, to
do all the wonderful things for which you rely on Excel.
Best of all, the Excel 2013 user interface includes all sorts of graphical
elements that make working on spreadsheets a lot faster and a great deal easier.
Foremost is Live Preview that shows you how your actual worksheet data
would appear in a particular font, table formatting, and so on before you
actually select it. This Live Preview extends to the new Quick Analysis and
Recommended PivotTables and Recommended Charts commands to enable
you to preview your data in various formats before you apply them.
Additionally, Excel 2013 supports a Page Layout View that displays rulers
and margins along with headers and footers for every worksheet with a Zoom
slider at the bottom of the screen that enables you to zoom in and out on the
spreadsheet data instantly. Finally, Excel 2013 is full of pop-up galleries that
make spreadsheet formatting and charting a real breeze, especially in tandem
with Live Preview.