Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Running and Using an App
tapping or clicking Clipboard
Dialog Box Launcher displays
Clipboard task pane
Some groups on the ribbon have a small
arrow in the lower-right corner, called a Dialog
Box Launcher , that when tapped or clicked,
displays a dialog box or a task pane with additional
options for the group (Figure 18). When
presented with a dialog box, you make selections
and must close the dialog box before returning to
the document. A task pane , in contrast to a dialog
box, is a window that can remain open and visible
while you work in the document.
Font Dialog
Box Launcher
tapping or clicking Font Dialog
Box Launcher displays Format
Cells dialog box with Font tab
task pane
Mini Toolbar The mini toolbar , which appears
automatically based on tasks you perform, contains
commands related to changing the appearance of
text in a document (Figure 19). If you do not use
the mini toolbar, it disappears from the screen. The
buttons, arrows, and boxes on the mini toolbar
vary, depending on whether you are using Touch
mode versus Mouse mode. If you press and hold or
right-click an item in the document window, Excel
displays both the mini toolbar and a shortcut menu,
which is discussed in a later section in this chapter.
All commands on the mini toolbar also exist
on the ribbon. The purpose of the mini toolbar is
to minimize hand or mouse movement.
Figure 18
commands on
mini toolbar also
are on ribbon
mini toolbar
Quick Access Toolbar The Quick Access
To o l b a r , located initially (by default) above the
ribbon at the left edge of the title bar, provides
convenient, one-tap or one-click access to
frequently used commands (shown in Figure 17).
The commands on the Quick Access Toolbar
always are available, regardless of the task you are
performing. The Touch/Mouse Mode button on
the Quick Access Toolbar allows you to switch
between Touch mode and Mouse mode. If you
Figure 19
primarily are using touch gestures, Touch mode will add more space between commands on
menus and on the ribbon so that they are easier to tap. While touch gestures are convenient
ways to interact with office apps, not all features are supported when you are using Touch
mode. If you are using a mouse, Mouse mode will not add the extra space between buttons
and commands. The Quick Access Toolbar is discussed in more depth later in the chapter.
Turning Off the Mini
To o l b a r
If you do not want the mini
toolbar to appear, tap or
click FILE on the ribbon to
open the Backstage view,
tap or click Options in the
Backstage view, tap or click
General (Options dialog box),
remove the check mark from
the ‘Show Mini Toolbar on
selection’ check box, and
then tap or click the OK
KeyTips If you prefer using the keyboard instead of the mouse, you can press the
key on the keyboard to display KeyTips , or keyboard code icons, for certain commands
(Figure 20). To select a command using the keyboard, press the letter or number
displayed in the KeyTip, which may cause additional KeyTips related to the selected
command to appear. To remove KeyTips from the screen, press the key or the
key until all KeyTips disappear, or tap or click anywhere in the app window.
Formula Bar As you type, Excel displays the entry in the formula bar, which appears
below the ribbon (Figure 20). You can make the formula bar larger by dragging the
sizing handle at the bottom of the formula bar or tapping or clicking the expand
button to the right of the formula bar. Excel also displays the active cell reference in
the Name box on the left side of the formula bar.
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