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More About the Excel Ribbon

In our first Spreadsheet Basics post, we covered a lot of different parts of a spreadsheet. In this post, we will be going into greater detail about the Excel Ribbon.

The Excel Ribbon

The Excel Ribbon is the area at the top of the Excel interface that allows the user to find and use spreadsheet commands and actions when using Excel.


Ribbon Tabs

The Ribbon contains different tabs that help the user to navigate and locate specific commands.

The tabs found on the Ribbon are:

  • File
  • Home
  • Insert
  • Page Layout
  • Formulas
  • Data
  • Review
  • View
  • Developer (must be enabled by going to File > Options > Customize Ribbon > Check the Developer Tab)
  • Help

Each tab contains its own set of commands, and the Home tab contains the most frequently used commands in Excel.

Tab Groups

Also, each tab groups the various commands underneath it.

For example, the Home tab contains the groups:

  • Clipboard
  • Font
  • Alignment
  • Number
  • etc…

Collapse the Ribbon

When using Excel, the full Ribbon is usually visible. However, you have the option to collapse the Ribbon at any time to get extra space on the screen.


To do this, right-click anywhere on the Ribbon, and then click “Collapse the Ribbon”.


You can also collapse the Ribbon by using the keyboard shortcut CTRL+F1.

To do the opposite and re-enable the full Ribbon, use the same keyboard shortcut CTRL+F1. This will show the full Ribbon once again.


You should now be familiar with the structure and details of the wonderful Excel Ribbon!

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