Excel 2010 Orientation

If you are new to Excel or just new to Excel 2010, this will show you what you will see upon opening up the program.

The opening Excel screen is made up of a couple of key elements that are common to all 2010 Office applications – the Ribbon and the Backstage view which is accessed on the ‘File’ tab of the Ribbon

Excel screen

Excel may not appear exactly as the picture above as it depends on the size of your screen. The top section called the Ribbon may should look something like this.

ribbon 2


It contains all of the same information but displays it differently, the icons get smaller and some of the labels saying what the icons do disappear. To find this information click on the little down arrows next to the icons/labels or at the bottom right hand corner of the little box they are in:

ribbon 3

They will open little pop-up windows or drop-down menus with lots more choices.

The way that your ribbon displays can be customised. This means that the tools that you use most often will be easily to hand. Customising Excel is covered in  our advanced Excel training course.

The Backstage looks like this:


This is where you need to go to do things like save, print, share.

As you can see, the ‘Info’ section is highlighted in green, this section is the default whenever you go to backstage. To do any of the other tasks, simply click on the relevant item in the list.

To start using Excel click back on to the ‘Home’ tab. The main working area is called a ‘Worksheet’. This is like an electronic piece of paper split into ‘Cells’ by rows and columns. Each cell has a name, if you have ever played Battleships, you will be familiar with this, the cell is named first by the column and then the row and the name of the cell appear in the left-hand window just beneath the ribbon.


By default there are 3 sheets in a Workbook. You can move between them at the bottom left-hand corner.


That is an overview of the Excel 2010 opening screen, to learn how to do more look at our other tips for Excel or attend our Excel Essentials training course.

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