Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Excel’s Ribbon User Interface
Figure 1-4:
of a series
of tabs
different groups.
To do this, the Ribbon uses the following components:
Tabs for each of Excel’s main tasks that bring together and display all
the commands commonly needed to perform that core task.
Groups that organize related command buttons into subtasks normally
performed as part of the tab’s larger core task.
Command buttons within each group that you select to perform a
particular action or to open a gallery from which you can click a particular
thumbnail. Note: Many command buttons on certain tabs of the Ribbon
are organized into mini-toolbars with related settings.
Dialog Box launcher in the lower-right corner of certain groups that
opens a dialog box containing a bunch of additional options you can
To display more of the Worksheet area in the program window, collapse the
Ribbon so that only its tabs are displayed by simply clicking the Collapse the
Ribbon button on the right side above the vertical scroll bar. You can also
double-click (or double-tap on a touchscreen) any one of the Ribbon’s tabs,
or press Ctrl+F1 on your keyboard. To once again pin the Ribbon in place so
that all the command buttons on each of its tabs are always displayed in the
program window, double-click (or double-tap) any one of the tabs, or press
Ctrl+F1 a second time. You can also do this by selecting the Pin the Ribbon
button (whose icon looks just like a pin) that replaces the Unpin the Ribbon
button and appears whenever you temporarily activate a tab to use its
command buttons.
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