The Office Web Apps use the same Ribbon method introduced in Office 2007 to display their functionality. Unlike Microsoft Office 2007 and Microsoft Office 2010, the Web Apps have reduced functionality and are sometimes known as Office Light. In some senses, this reduced functionality is a boon to many who became confused with the variety of rarely used commands that now adorn the Ribbon of the full Microsoft Office versions.
This is what the Excel Web App Ribbon looks like when an Excel spreadsheet is created or edited:
When compared with the Microsoft Excel 2010 Ribbon (below), the Excel App Home Ribbon (above) appears to have several key features missing.
As can be seen, components such as Format Painter and Conditional Formatting are missing compared to the full Excel Office Ribbon. However, should one or more of these components be required, the Open in Excel button on the far right will load the spreadsheet into the full version of Excel on your computer.
The Insert Ribbon is shown above. On first glance, it does appear as if the Home and Insert ribbons have too much functionality missing. However, Excel Web App also displays contextual Ribbons in a similar method to the full version of Microsoft Excel 2010. For example, if we were to insert a chart via the Insert Ribbon, then the Chart Tools Design Ribbon would appear as below:
The Design Ribbon will stay in view while the chart is selected. To make the Design Ribbon disappear, we would click back into the spreadsheet. Finally, to save the document with a different name or download a copy of the spreadsheet, we would click on the File Menu on the left.
Unlike the Word Web App, the ExcelWeb App saves as you type.This is a real bonus as it protects users from losing work, should, for whatever reason, they lose the internet connection.