Anatomy of Ribbon and its user interface in Microsoft office 2010

For those people who use to work with MS office 2003 , Ribbon in excel 2010 is a new and distinctive feature, Microsoft has vanished the standard tool bar which you can see in previous version and tools of office like in MS Excel 2003, Ms word 2003, Ms access 2003 and In MS power point 2003

This unique trend of Ribbon was first introduced by Microsoft in MS office 2007, the concept of this ribbon was that you don’t need to drill down into tool bars to use the particular feature, in ribbon style Microsoft pulled out all the main and mostly useable feature up in front, before this ribbon as in MS office 2003 mostly office was used by shortcut commands after the introduction of this ribbon MS office tools are mostly used by Mouse.



IF you look at the ribbon you can see that Ms office ribbon is divided into Five main parts that are, Quick Access Toolbar, Tabs, Command Button, Group, Dialog Launchers

Quick Access Toolbar

Quick access toolbar in Ms Office is a place where you can add your essential and most frequently used tools so that you can launch those thing just form single click.


Those commands which are alike with each other and are closely related to same task are grouped under single Tabs. In fact you can think each tab is separate theme


Most easy way to understand group is, that they are sub tabs; yes tabs are further divided into groups on the base to similarities of their functions.

Commands buttons

Each group contain buttons to perform different functions or execute the command , that why they are called command buttons, command buttons are not subdivision division but they are buttons to perform particular action , like to convert the font to bold command button is “B”, to convert the font to italic command button is “I”

Dialog launcher

It’s a small button in the corner of each group, by pressing this button whole functions of group appears, as I told you ribbon only shows the limited functions which are common and extensively used.