Setting Up Your Excel Environment

Before you start using Excel 2007 you should familiarize yourself with it. Learn all about getting started with Excel here.

Exploring and setting up your Excel environment

Exploring the Excel environment

The tabbed Ribbon menu system is how you navigate Excel and access its various commands. If you have used previous versions of Excel, the Ribbon system replaces the traditional menus. Above the Ribbon in the upper-left corner is the Microsoft Office button. From here, you can access important options such as New, Save, Save As, and Print. By default, the Quick Access toolbar is pinned next to the Microsoft Office button and includes commands such as Undo and Redo.

At the bottom-left area of the spreadsheet, you will find worksheet tabs. By default, three worksheet tabs appear each time you create a new workbook. On the bottom-right area of the spreadsheet you will find page view commands, the zoom tool, and the horizontal scrolling bar.

Excel Window

To zoom in and out:


To scroll horizontally in a worksheet:

To change page views:

Page Views

The default is Normal View.

To add commands to the Quick Access toolbar:

Quick Access toolbar


The Save, Undo, and Redo commands appear by default in the Quick Access toolbar. You may wish to add other commands to make using specific Excel features more convenient for you.