Word 2010 - The Ribbon

All the commands and functions that you may want to use on your document can be found in the ribbon. The ribbon is the collection of tabs, groups and commands that you can see organised across the top of the workspace. The ribbon was introduced in Word 2007, and replaced the old style menu and toolbar system found in previous versions of Word.

Let’s have a closer look at the ribbon now.

Here are the tabs. There’s the Home tab, Insert tab, Page Layout, References. Within each tab are groups. Here is the Table of Contents group, Footnotes group and so on. And within each group are the commands. So, we’ve got the Table of Contents command, Add Text, Update table, and so on.

Let’s have a go at using a command in the ribbon right now. First of all, let’s get some random text.

Note: to get random text, random(5, 5) will generate 5 paragraphs of 5 lines each.

Now let’s select a couple of words, go to the Home tab, and make that text bold by clicking on the bold button.

Some groups have dialog launchers which, when clicked, open up a new dialog containing more commands. These dialog launchers are usually found in the bottom right hand corner, so let’s just click the dialog launcher for the font group… and here we can see more commands related to fonts.

Let’s close this down.

The ribbon can also contain contextual tabs, which pop up when you’ve selected certain elements in your document.

To demonstrate, let’s insert an image. We’ll place the cursor here, press Enter, go to the Insert tab, click on Picture, double click on the “Happy Penguins” here, and notice the Picture Tools tab has appeared in the ribbon because we have the picture selected. If we click away and deselect the image, the Picture Tools tab disappears., and then reappears again when we reselect the image.

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