Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Using the Ribbon
Using Live Preview
With earlier versions of Office, you had to select data and then choose a
command without knowing exactly how that command would affect the
appearance of your data. If you didn’t like the way a command changed your data,
you had to choose the Undo command and start all over again.
To avoid this hassle of constant experimentation with different commands,
Office 2010 offers a feature called Live Preview. Live Preview lets you move
the mouse pointer over certain icons displayed in the Ribbon and then
immediately see the changes displayed in your current file.
If you like the way your data looks, go ahead and choose the command.
If you don’t like the way the data looks, just move the mouse away. Your
data returns to its original appearance without forcing you to choose
the Undo command.
To use Live Preview, follow these steps:
1. Move the cursor (or click the mouse) on an object (text, picture, table,
and so on) that you want to change.
2. Move the mouse pointer over any command.
Office 2010 shows you how your chosen object will look if you choose
the command, as shown in Figure 1-19.
3. Choose the command to change your object (or move the mouse
pointer away from the command so you don’t choose that command).
In Word, Live Preview will not work if you display your document in Draft
view.
Minimizing the Ribbon
Some people like the Ribbon displaying various icons at all times, but others
find that it makes the screen appear too cluttered. In case you want to tuck
the Ribbon out of sight (or display a Ribbon that is already tucked out of
sight) so icons only appear when you click on a tab, choose one of the
following methods as shown in Figure 1-20:
Double-click on the current tab.
Press Ctrl+F1.
Click the Minimize Ribbon icon that appears on the far right next to the
Help (Question Mark) icon.
 
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