Basic Excel course – the current layout screen of Excel, has it changed?

Basic Excel course – the current layout screen of Excel, do you find it can sometimes change overnight?

The many faces of Excel! I’m not sure about you, but I sometimes wonder what the screen of Excel will hold when I open it up in the morning!

Ok maybe that was a slight exaggeration, but there is a little bit of truth in the fact that the screen you see in Excel will change a bit over time. The reason for this is that the newest version of Excel is constantly updating with new features and functions! These updates can be small, for example a new colour theme, but some of them can be bigger, for example the 3D Maps option!


Wait, where did it go?

Recently in a training course, I told the trainee to go on to the Insert Tab to insert a text box to find that the option for inserting a text box wasn’t where it was the previous day! A new feature must have been added in an update that occurred overnight and so the option wasn’t visible on the main ribbon where it had been before. The option could now be found on a separate ‘mini ribbon’ that appears when you clicked on the ‘Text’ button on the right hand side of the tab! (See the image below to see what it looks like currently).

Basic Excel course - Insert Tab screen shot

These updates that Microsoft Office do on roughly a monthly basis are useful as they add in new options and fix any bugs or issues that they may have come across in previous months.

In our Basic Excel course we cover what the screen looks like in Excel and point out what areas will or won’t change in the future. Overall everything that you learn on one of our Basic Excel courses will transfer across and be relevant in any future version of Excel; its location on a ribbon in Excel might have just been altered slightly!

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Why not take a look at our previous hint and tip post on using 3D maps in Excel?