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.

To minimize and maximize the Ribbon:

Maximize and Minimize Ribbon

You can also minimize and maximize the Ribbon by right-clicking anywhere in the main menu and selecting Minimize the Ribbon in the menu that appears.

The new, tabbed Ribbon system replaces traditional menus in Excel 2007. It is designed to be easy to use and responsive to your current task; however, you can choose to minimize the Ribbon if you would prefer to use different menus or keyboard shortcuts.

The Microsoft Office button

The Microsoft Office button appears at the top of the Excel window. When you left-click the button, a menu appears. From this menu, you can create a new spreadsheet, open existing files, save files in a variety of ways, and print. You can also add security features, send, publish, and close files.

Button

To change the default Excel Options:

Excel Options

As you learn more about Excel and become proficient at using it, you may want to modify some of the settings. As a beginning user, it is usually best to leave the default settings.