Ribbon in Excell

Excel selects the ribbon’s Home tab when you open it. Learn how to minimize and customize the ribbon.


The tabs on the ribbon are: File, Home, Insert, Page layout, Formulas, Data, Review and View. The Home tab contains the most frequently used commands in Excel.

Home Tab

Note: the File tab in Excel 2010 replaces the Office Button in Excel 2007.

Minimize the Ribbon

You can minimize the ribbon to get extra space on the screen. Right click anywhere on the ribbon, and then click Minimize the Ribbon (or press CTRL + F1).

Minimize the Ribbon in Excel


Hidden Ribbon

Customize the Ribbon

Excel 2010 makes it possible to easily create your own tab and add commands to it. If you are new to Excel, you can skip this paragraph.

1. Right click anywhere on the ribbon, and then click Customize the Ribbon.

Customize the Ribbon

2. Click New Tab.

Click New Tab

3. Add the commands you like.

Add Commands

4. Rename the tab and group.

Rename Tab and Group

Note: you can also add new groups to existing tabs. To hide a tab, uncheck the corresponding check box. Click Reset, Reset all customizations, to delete all ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar customizations.


Custom Tab