The new ribbon in Office 2016, in this example,..  Excel !  

Oostdam.Info Microsoft Office 2016 logo collectionNow that the preview releases of Office 2016 has been released, it is time for some articles about the new Office 2016 functions and possibilities. Of course there is only a "preview" version available for the public, but until the date of release, lets call this product Office 2016. Personally I'm very happy with the developments in the Office suite. As an Office 365 user I see changes and improvements to the product every couple of months. In spite of the fact that Office 365 is very handy, there is also quit a demand for the offline version. These series of articles will help you get used to new functionalities and look and feels. Have fun reading them!

This article is about the general changes in the ribbon looks and with an Excel (table) sheet as an example. Lets go back in time a little. Before Office 2007 there was no ribbon present in the Office suite. All functions and features where present and that took a lot of "screen" space. For a lot of people the introduction of the ribbon was a hugh change at that time. Now, most people are used to it as they never knew otherwise. With Office 2016 there is again a rather big change in the behavior of the ribbon. It is more compressed, the icons a more clear, sharper and only one row. All the functions are present, and even extended here and there. More on that in another article on this website. The main reason for this change is the use of the Office application on multiple platforms and with tablets and phones instead of the desktop, laptop screens alone.

Underneath a picture of the ribbon in Excel. It's even thinking with you. When you are working within a table, the common used table functions are presented to you in a quick and easy to access way. This makes it so much easier to insert or remove a column or row, try doing this with Office 2010 and you are irritated within a couple of minutes.
Oostdam.Info - Office 2016 Excel ribbon

Clicking the right-mouse button from a cell provides you with quick access to the mostly used cell functions like shown above in column C. Cut, copy, paste, clear and custom made links are available there. Very handy, especially as I'm using a Continuum ready device with Windows 10 installed.

Okay, let me shown you the general ribbon settings at the end of this article.

Oostdam.Info Office 2016 General new ribbon

As you can see here, I point at the coloring icon and it's presenting me a new box with all the colors to choose from. Hovering over a button, will show a little basic arrow, pointing below, indicating that there are more functions available. Try it youself, but it is an arrow like the most right one in the above picture.  More on importing and customizing the ribbon for your own use, in another article.

I hope this article was helpful for you, and enjoy work with the new Office Suite!

Tip: Keep the settings you are used to from previous office versions? 
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Ben Oostdam picture - afbeeldingBen Oostdam has been working with Windows systems since 1993. He worked for several companies as a system administrator, besides his own company and is currently a Senior System Engineer for an IT company in the Netherlands, specialized in System Center & Cloud-based Solutions.

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