Microsoft Excel 2016 Interface

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Let's Explore the MS Excel 2016 Interface

When you open Excel, you will see something like the following image. This is the user interface. Let’s go over the basics of what you will see and how to interact with the interface.

Excel User Interface

  1. Quick Access Toolbar

As the name implies, the Quick Access toolbar gives you quick access to frequently used commands. This toolbar is completely customizable and can be positioned above or below the ribbon commands.


  1. Tabs

Groups of like commands are organized under tab names. Click a tab to view the commands in the ribbon.


  1. Ribbon Interface

Displays tab commands organized into groups. If you click the different tabs, you will see the commands change. Notice that some of the commands might be greyed out. This is because those commands are only usable in certain situations. The File tab, which opens a Backstage view, is also included here.


  1. Name Box

Every cell has a name in the format <ColumnRow>. The name of the currently selected cell, called the active cell, is shown in the Name Box. In the sample image, the active cell is A1.


  1. Formula Bar

The Formula Bar allows you to enter data in a cell. Data can be alphanumeric, pictures, symbols, or (as the name suggests) formulae.


  1. Working Area

The data contained in the file will be shown here.


  1. Worksheet Tabs

Every Excel file is properly referred to as a workbook. A workbook can contain one or more worksheets, just like an accounting ledger can contain one or more pages. Click these tabs to switch between the different worksheets.


  1. Status Bar

This bar is used to display information about the workbook. Any running calculations will be shown here. There are also some zoom and view commands here.


  1. Scroll Bars

As you grow more accustomed to working with Excel, you will no doubt begin to work on larger files. Not all of the information in a worksheet will fit on the screen, so use these scroll bars to scroll horizontally or vertically through the data.

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