Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Exploring the File Tab
Do you need to keep track of the word count? Not only does Word update the word count
continuously, but if you select text, it tells you how many words are selected, with one
of the indicators near the left end of the status bar changing to read 39 OF 69 WORDS or
something similar. In other Ofﬁ ce applications, the status bar offers similar features. For
example, if you select a range of cells with numbers in Excel, the status bar by default
shows the sum of those numbers. In PowerPoint, the status bar enables you to display and
hide notes and comments.
To display the conﬁ guration choices shown in Figure 2.19, right-click the status bar. At
the top and bottom of the shortcut menu, you can choose options to specify what
indicators appear at the left and what view controls appear at the right. In between, it presents
choices for turning features such as Track Changes or Overtype on and off. Then close the
menu to apply your changes by clicking in the document or pressing Esc.
The status bar shortcut menu stays on-screen until you click somewhere else in the application window. That means
that you can enable or disable as many options as you want without having to repeatedly right-click the status bar.
Notice also that the menu displays the current status too, so if you just want to quickly refer to it to i nd out what
section of the document you’re working in — but don’t really want Section on the status bar — you don’t have to put it
on the status bar and then remove it. Note additionally that the status items aren’t just pretty pictures. For example,
clicking the Page Number (PAGE X OF X) item on the Word status bar opens the Navigation pane. Clicking the Macro
Recording item on the Word or Excel status bar opens the Record Macro dialog box.
Exploring the File Tab
The File tab in all of the Ofﬁ ce 2013 apps works a bit differently than the other tabs. That’s
because the settings on the File tab enable you to manage the ﬁ le itself, not the contents
within the ﬁ le, more like the File menu in Ofﬁ ce 2003 and other applications with a
menubased interface. When you click the File tab, it displays what is sometimes called Backstage
view . The contents of the view change depending on the command selected at left; initially
it displays the Info choices shown in Figure 2.20. This screen lets you view and add ﬁ le
properties, as well as work with document protection, hidden properties, document issues,