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Excel 2007 Ribbon Tabs

Excel 2007 Ribbon Tabs


Excel 2007 Ribbon Tabs

by Andrew Whiteman

The Microsoft Excel 2007 Ribbon is the most vital part of the Microsoft Excel interface and contains the majority of the program's features. The Ribbon is arranged into a series of Tabs, each of which contains groups of related commands. Tabs are accessed simply by clicking on the name of each Tab. Within each Tab, commands are divided in groups: the name of each group is shown at the bottom of that group.

The Home Tab contains the most often used commands. Here you'll find the commands which one uses all the time; clipboard such as Cut Copy and Paste; commands for formatting the data within your cells; choosing the font; changing the alignment and the format of numbers; commands for chopping and changing cells such as inserting rows and columns; and finally you will also find commands for sorting and editing your data.

As the name suggests, the Insert Tab is used to insert or add items into your worksheets. Some of these items are built into Excel such as charts; other items are inserted from outside the program such as pictures; for example, inserting a company logo.

The Page Layout Tab has commands for controlling the appearance of your worksheets as a whole. Here you'll find margins, orientation, paper size and the area of the worksheet to be printed. You will normally use the page layout Tab before you print your worksheets.

The Formulas Tab contains commands for dealing with the most powerful aspect of Excel: formulas and functions. Here you can insert functions, track down errors in formulas and control the way in which Excel deals with formulas and carries out its calculations.

In the Data Tab you will find commands for importing information into Excel from sources such as databases; sorting information and also filtering (in other words returning data which matches certain criteria).

Here you'll also find advanced tools for consolidation, validating data and performing "What if?" analysis. Also, in the outline section, there are commands for assigning different levels to the different columns and rows of the worksheet. Excel's powerful outlining commands make large worksheet easier to manage and to navigate.

The principal theme of the Review Tab is checking and protection. It is here that you will find Excel's spell-checker, commands enabling users to add comments to a worksheet and options for protecting both worksheets and workbooks.

The View Tab contains commands relating to the way in which your worksheets and workbooks are viewed. Here you'll find commands for zooming in and out on your work and for viewing multiple workbooks and worksheets simultaneously.

The Developer Tab is all about automation. It is here that you'll find commands for creating macros. Macros are Visual Basic code which can be written to automate just about any aspect of Microsoft Excel.

About the Author:
The The writer of this article is a training consultant with TrainingCompany.Com, a UK IT training company offering Microsoft Excel Classes in London and throughout the UK.

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