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Up to speed with Excel 2007

Using Key Tips to center text in Excel

You can use Key Tips to center text in Excel, for example.
Callout 1 Press ALT to make the Key Tips appear.
Callout 2 Then press H to select the Home tab.
Callout 3 Press A, then C in the Alignment group to center the selected text.

If you rely on the keyboard more than the mouse, you'll want to know about keyboard shortcuts in Excel 2007.

The Ribbon design comes with new shortcuts. Why? Because this change brings two big advantages over previous versions:

  • Shortcuts for every single button on the Ribbon.
  • Shortcuts that often require fewer keys.

Using the new shortcuts

The new shortcuts also have a new name: Key Tips. You press ALT to make the Key Tips appear.

You'll see Key Tips for all Ribbon tabs, all commands on the tabs, the Quick Access Toolbar, and the Microsoft Office Button.

Press the key for the tab you want to display. This makes all the Key Tip badges for that tab's buttons appear. Then, press the key for the button you want.

What about the old keyboard shortcuts?     Keyboard shortcuts of old that begin with CTRL are all still intact, and you can use them like you always have. For example, the shortcut CTRL+C still copies something to the clipboard, and the shortcut CTRL+V still pastes something from the clipboard.

To learn more, see the Quick Reference Card at the end of the lesson.

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