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2.4 Introduction to the Excel Interface

We are going to do two things during this section.

  • We are going to create a brand-new Blank Excel workbook. This is going to be the main file type that you will work with as you venture, and you work inside of Excel itself.
  • We are going to do is take-a-look at the interface that makes up the working environment that you are going to be all over inside of as you work inside of an Excel workbook.

On the startup screen of Microsoft-Excel you click on Blank workbook, and you will launch

the rest of the Excel interface.

Excel Interface

This is the second thing that I want to discuss just get into how the windows laid out kind of the main areas of the Excel application.

And this is something that we are going to get into a much more in depth as we go through the various features that make up the Excel application.

Excel Interface

  • At the top left corner of screen, we have what is called the quick access toolbar, these are some common shortcuts common commands that you can quickly get access to. So, on this version here I currently have quick access to the Save and I have got a few other buttons here.
  • Below the quick access toolbar, you have what is called the Ribbon.

If you have been working inside of Microsoft Excel or work in a set of other office applications, you are going to be familiar with the ribbon. This has been around since the 2007 addition of the Office applications not just Excel but Word, PowerPoint, Outlook…

Of book when you go into different applications Excel vs word you still got the ribbon but there are different features there.

Of book right you are going to get different commands for the different applications, but the idea is the same.

On the ribbon, It is full of tabs or buttons towards the top. I have got File, Home, Insert and so on.

If you compare your screen to my screen you may see some on my screen that you do not have on yours.

As an example: The Developer tab, that is one that you actually have to activate yourself, It does not come by default and that is one that we will get into much later within the lesson as we get into Macros and VBA or Visual Basic for applications.

So just keep in mind that you may see some on my screen that aren’t on yours at least at this point, We will talk about those as well as power pivot one that you may not see on yours as well.

But the ribbon is just full of all the commands I have got home, and they have broken up the Home tab into various groups got the clipboard for copy, paste got my font commands alignment no styles and so on.

If I go to Formulas, I have got things like my function library we are going to talk all about functions, creating name ranges getting into auditing your formulas and so on.

So, I highly recommend taking a quick moment here and digging through the ribbon interface.

  • The next portion or right below the ribbon, we have what is called your Formula bar, It is actually got two pieces. I have what is called the name box and then the actual formula entry or Formula bar.

Sometimes that does not show up or you may accidently turn it off. Go to View tab there is a series at check marks and one of them is called the Formula bar.

Excel Interface

If you double click it tab we will see, on the Insert tab and you double click insert this will minimize the ribbon kind of smashes it up again if you do not like to show that one because it does take a lot of space on your screen or It might happen to you by accident, You just give it a double click again and it will come back.

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