The Excel Ribbon control was first introduced in Office 2007 suite. It is one of the key aspects of Microsoft Office Fluent user interface which allows programmatic and end user customizations.
The Ribbon is a panel of commands in Groups that are segregated and arranged in several Tabs.
Now let us examine the Excel Ribbon Control in detail
Ribbon Display Options
To the top right of the excel window between the Help Icon and the Minimize button you can find the Ribbon Display Options. There are three options available:
- Auto-hide Ribbon
- Show Tabs
- Show Tabs and Commands
1) Auto-hide Ribbon
The ribbon will be automatically hidden and will be only displayed on demand basis when you click on the top area.
2) Show Tabs
This option will display the tabs but will hide the ribbon. When you click on each tab the respective ribbon will be displayed for you.
3) Show Tabs and Commands
This is the default option that is available for you.
The above options helps you to work without any distraction and it is completely a choice of the user.
Excel Ribbon Tabs and Commands
Let us quickly go through the key Excel Tabs and some of the important functions in each tab. This will help you to understand where certain things are so that you can make use of it when in need.
Below are some of the 7 Key Tabs that you need to know as a beginner
- Home – Commands that will help you to format and align the cells are available here.
- Insert – You can insert Charts, Pivot Table, Shapes, Pictures, etc.
- Page Layout – As the name depicts, it helps to you control the layout.
- Formulas – A very important tab that contains functions to manipulate data.
- Data – Helps you to bring data from external sources like SQL Server, Access, etc.
- Review – Contains functions for spell check, comments, etc.
- View – Helps you to control the view of the sheet using functions like Freeze Panes, Split, etc.
When we go further into the tutorial you will come across all these tabs and will use the functions in it. As of now just go through each of them and take a look at the options that are available. There is no use in memorizing them or explaining them in detail now. Only when you use them in real world you will know its use.