Ribbon in Excel

What is Ribbon in Excel?

The ribbon is basically an element of the UI (User Interface) at the top of Excel. In simple words, the ribbon can be called as a strip that consists of buttons or tabs which is seen at top of the excel sheet. The ribbon was first introduced in Microsoft Excel 2007.

In an earlier version of Excel, there were menu and toolbar, which was replaced by a ribbon in 2007. The basic tabs under Ribbon are – Home, Insert, Page Layout, Formulas, Data, review, and view. It can be customized according to the requirements. See the image below. The highlighted strip is called ribbon, which consists of tabs like Home, Insert, etc.

Ribbon in Excel Example 1.23

How to Customize Ribbon in Excel?

Below are the steps to customize the ribbon.

Step 1 – Right-click anywhere on the ribbon, and it will open a pop up with some options, including “Customize the Ribbon.”

 Example 1

Step 2 – This will open the Excel Options box for you.

Ribbon in Excel Example 1.1

Step 3 You can see two options on the screen. You can find customize the ribbon on the right side and choose the command from the option on the left side.

Example 1.2

In the drop-down below, there are options to customize the ribbon. By default, Main Tabs is selected. The other two are Tool Tabs and All Tabs.

Ribbon in Excel Example 1.3

Step 4 You can click on the (+) sign to expand the list.

 Example 1.4

You will see some more tabs under the Main Tabs.

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You can shrink the list by clicking on the (-) sign.

Example 1.6
Ribbon in Excel Example 1.7

Step 5 Select or Deselect the required tab to customize your ribbon, and it will appear on your sheet accordingly.

You can also add additional tabs to your sheet by following the below steps.

  • Click New Tab or New group and rename it with some name (not necessary) by clicking on the rename option.Example 1.24
  • Go to choose a command from option and select the desired option from the dropdown.
  • Add command to the tab or group you have created.
Ribbon in Excel Example 1.25
Note: You can also open the excel option pop-up by following steps.

Click on File Menu —> Options

This will open excel options for you where you will see the option to customize the ribbon.

Example 1.8

How to Collapse (Minimize) Ribbon in Excel?

You can collapse the ribbon by doing right-click anywhere on the ribbon and then select the collapse the ribbon option.

Ribbon in Excel Example 1.22

How to Use a Ribbon in Excel with Examples

Below are some examples where you required customization of the ribbon.

Example #1

Someone asks you to record a macro or write a code in VBAWrite A Code In VBAVBA code refers to a set of instructions written by the user in the Visual Basic Applications programming language on a Visual Basic Editor (VBE) to perform a specific task.read more. How will you do that?


We can use excel shortcutsExcel ShortcutsAn Excel shortcut is a technique of performing a manual task in a quicker way.read more Alt + F8 to record Macro and Alt + F11 to open VBA screen. But remembering shortcuts is not easy every time, so here is another option.

Shortcut key to Record Macro:

Example 1.9

Shortcut key to Open VBA Screen:

Ribbon in Excel Example 1.10

Add developer ribbon in excel by using the following steps. Go to customize the ribbon, and this will open the excel options box.

Ribbon in Excel Example 1

Check on the developer option shown in the list under the main tabs. See the image below. Click Ok.

 Example 1.11

You will see the developer tabDeveloper TabEnabling the developer tab in excel can help the user perform various functions for VBA, Macros and Add-ins like importing and exporting XML, designing forms, etc. This tab is disabled by default on excel; thus, the user needs to enable it first from the options menu.read more under your ribbon. See the image below.

Ribbon in Excel Example 1.12

You can see the macros or basic visual screens option.

Example #2

Someone asks you to create an interactive dashboard using Power View in ExcelPower View In ExcelExcel Power View is a data visualization technology that helps you create interactive visuals like graphs, charts. It allows you to analyze data by looking at the visuals you created. As a result, it makes your excel data more meaningful and insightful for better decision making.read more 2016 version.


We know that Power View Option is hidden in Excel 2016. So, we need to follow the below steps to add the power view command in our excel. Go to customize the ribbon.

 Example 1

Under customize, the ribbon, extend the insert option, then click on the new group.

Ribbon in Excel Example 1.13

Now go to choose the command from shown on the left and select command, not in the ribbon from the dropdown. Now select insert a power view report. Click on add, and this will add power view under your insert tab. (When you click on add, make a sure new group (custom) is selected; else, an error will pop up). Select Ok. See the below image:

 Example 1.14

Now you can see the power view option under the insert tab in the new group section:

Ribbon in Excel Example 1.15

Example #3

Let’s take another scenario.

Suppose we are working on a report where we require the sum of the values in subsequent rows or columns very frequently.

To sum up the values, we need to write sum function whenever the total value is required. Here we can simplify our work by adding the Autosum command to our ribbon. Go to customize the ribbon.

 Example 1

Under customize, the ribbon, Extend home, then click on the new group.

Example 1.16.0

Now go to choose the command from shown on the left and select “All commands” from the dropdown. Now select ∑ the Autosum option. Click on add, and this will add ∑ Autosum under your home tab. (when you click on add, make a sure new group (custom) is selected; else, an error will pop up). Select Ok. See Below Image:

Ribbon in Excel Example 1.17

Now you can see the Autosum option under Home Tab in the New Group section:

Ribbon in Excel Example 1.18

Now let us see the use of it.

We have some numbers in cell A1 to A7, and we need to get the sum in A8. Select cell A8 and click on Autosum and it will automatically apply the SUM formula with for active range and give you the SUM.

Example 1.20

We get the following result.

Ribbon in Excel Example 1.21

Things to Remember

  • Slow the performance by adding tabs to the ribbon. So, add and keep only those tabs whichever is required frequently.
  • Add a command to a group or tab, which is logical so that it will be easy for you to find that command.
  • When adding commands from the command, not the ribbon, make sure you have created a new custom group. Otherwise, the error will be displayed.

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