Ribbon Bar End-User Capabilities

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The Ribbon is the state-of-the-art user interface, introduced in Microsoft Office 2007.  It provides easy and quick access to software commands.

Shortcut Keys

ALT

Switches keyboard focus to the first link of the main menu. If bars already have keyboard focus, it is removed.

 

Left and Right Arrows

Navigate left and right through bar links. If the currently selected link is in a sub-menu, pressing these keys result in navigating to the neighboring link within the owning bar and expanding its sub-menu (if it is present). In this case, the first link within the expanded sub-menu becomes focused.
 

Up and Down Arrows

Navigate up and down through links of a sub-menu or a popup menu. The down arrow key expands sub-menus when their owning links are focused
 

ESC

Closes the currently expanded sub-menu or popup menu. If a sub-menu is closed, its owning button obtains keyboard focus
 

TAB

Navigates right through buttons of a bar. If a bar is oriented vertically, navigates down through its buttons
 

SHIFT+TAB

Navigates left through buttons of a bar. If a bar is oriented vertically, navigates up through its buttons
 

ENTER

Invokes the focused button functionality. Equivalent to clicking a button.
 

F10

Shows all key shortcuts assigned to ribbon bar pages and buttons. Typing shortcut letters on keyboard invokes the focused link's functionality. Equivalent to clicking a button.

 

 

 

 

 

Mouse Double Click

When you double click on a ribbon tab you can hide ribbon pages to see only their headers, another double click restores pages visibility