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Up to speed with Excel 2007

Home tab, Alignment group, and Wrap Text command

The three parts of the Ribbon are tabs, groups, and commands.

There are three basic components to the Ribbon:

Callout 1 Tabs There are seven of them across the top. Each represents core tasks you do in Excel.
Callout 2 Groups Each tab has groups that show related items together.
Callout 3 Commands A command is a button, a box to enter information, or a menu.

How do you get started? Begin at the beginning, with the first tab.

The principal commands in Excel are gathered on the first tab, the Home tab. The commands on this tab are those that Microsoft has identified as the most commonly used when people do basic tasks with worksheets.

For example, the Paste, Cut, and Copy commands are arranged first on the Home tab, in the Clipboard group. Font formatting commands are next, in the Font group. Commands to center text or align text to the left or right are in the Alignment group, and commands to insert and delete cells, rows, columns, and worksheets are in the Cells group.

Groups pull together all the commands you're likely to need for a particular type of task, and throughout the task they remain on display and readily available, instead of being hidden in menus. These vital commands are visible above your work space.

Here's an example of the convenience: If you want text displayed on multiple lines in a cell, you don't have to click a command on a menu, click a tab in a dialog box, and then click an option in the dialog box. You just click the Wrap Text Button image button in the Alignment group, on the Home tab. You'll try that in the practice.

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