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Navigating the Excel 2007 Ribbon

The new Ribbon interface in Microsoft Office Excel 2007 may seem a bit tricky to navigate, until you get used to how commands are organized. You can use the Office button — the large, round button in the upper-left corner of the Ribbon — to access commands related to file management, such as opening, saving, printing, and closing files. This is the new home for the commands from the File menu in previous versions of Excel.

Let’s take a tour of the Ribbon:

1

Examine the Office button.

Point your cursor to the Office button in the upper-left corner. A description of the Office button functions appears. If you click the Office button, you'll see many of the commands that used to be under the File menu.

2

Check out the Quick Access toolbar.

The Quick Access toolbar is the little strip of buttons to the right of the Office button. By default, its functions include Save, Undo, and Redo, but you can customize this toolbar.

3

Scan the tabs.

Click the Insert tab. The Ribbon changes to reflect options pertaining to Insert. The options appear in groups related to function — Tables, Illustrations, Charts, Links, and Text.

4

Take a gander at the groups.

Click the Home tab and find the Styles group. You can control how a table in your worksheet looks from this group. Click the Format as Table button (in the Styles group) to see a gallery of table styles. (Click the Format as Table button again to close the gallery.)

5

Locate the dialog box launchers.

In the bottom-right corner of many groups is a little box with an arrow. This is a dialog box launcher. Click the Font dialog box launcher and the Format Cells dialog box appears, with the Font tab displayed. (Click Cancel to exit without making changes.)

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