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Parts of the Excel 2010 Screen


Parts of the Excel 2010 Screen
Parts of the Excel 2010 Screen

Parts of the Excel 2010 Screen

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Parts of the Excel 2010 Screen

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Active Cell

The active cell is recognized by its black outline. Data is always entered into the active cell. Different cells can be made active by clicking on them with the mouse or by using the arrow keys on the keyboard.

File Tab

The File tab is new to Excel 2010 - Sort of. It is a replacement for the Office Button in Excel 2007 which was a replacement for the file menu in earlier versions of Excel.

Like the old file menu, the File tab options are mostly related to file management such as opening new or existing worksheet files, saving, printing, and a new feature - saving and sending Excel files in PDF format.

Formula Bar

Located above the worksheet, this area displays the contents of the active cell. It can also be used for entering or editing data and formulas.

Name Box

Located next to the formula bar, the Name Box displays the cell reference or the name of the active cell.

Column Letters

Columns run vertically on a worksheet and each one is identified by a letter in the column header.

Row Numbers

Rows run horizontally in a worksheet and are identified by a number in the row header.

Together a column letter and a row number create a cell reference. Each cell in the worksheet can be identified by this combination of letters and numbers such as A1, F456, or AA34.

Sheet Tabs

By default there are three worksheets in an Excel file.

The tab at the bottom of a worksheet tells you the name of the worksheet - such as Sheet1, Sheet2 etc.

Switching between worksheets can be done by clicking on the tab of the sheet you wish to access.

Renaming a worksheet or changing the tab color can make it easier to keep track of data in large spreadsheet files.

Quick Access Toolbar

This customizable toolbar allows you to add frequently used commands. Click on the down arrow at the end of the toolbar to display the toolbar's options.


The Ribbon is the strip of buttons and icons located above the work area. The Ribbon is organized into a series of tabs - such as File, Home, and Formulas. Each tab contains a number of related features and options. First introduced in Excel 2007, the Ribbon replaced the menus and toolbars found in Excel 2003 and earlier versions.

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