Contextual tabs are special types of tabs that appear only when a particular object is selected, such as a chart or a shape. These contextual tabs contain commands specific to whatever object you are currently working on.
For example, after you add a shape to a spreadsheet, a new Format tab appears. This is not a standard tab, but a contextual tab—meaning it activates only when you work with a shape.
Follow the steps in this task to add a shape and view the contextual tab.
Work with Contextual Tabs
- Open Excel and start a new blank workbook (as described earlier in the “Explore Worksheets” task). When the new workbook is open, click the Insert tab.
- Click the Shapes command button.
- Click the rectangle shape in the menu of shapes.
- Click anywhere on your spreadsheet to embed your selected shape.
- Click your new shape to select it, and you see the contextual tab, labeled Format, that appears any time the shape is selected.