The Ribbon is the strip of buttons and icons located above the work area beginning with Excel 2007.
The Ribbon replaces the menus and toolbars found in earlier versions of Excel.
Above the Ribbon are a number of tabs, such as Home, Insert, and Page Layout. Clicking on a tab displays the options located in this section of the ribbon.
For example, when Excel 2007 or 2010 opens, the options under the Home tab are displayed (see image to the right). These options are grouped according to their function - such as Clipboard (includes cut, copy, and paste options), and Font (includes current font, font size, bold, italic, and underline options).
Clicking on an option on the ribbon may lead to further options contained in a Contextual Menu or dialog box that relate specifically to the option chosen.