What Is Contextual Tab in Excel? (With Easy Examples)

This tutorial will demonstrate how to use the contextual tab in excel. In case of inserting any charts or tables or shapes, then you will notice that you have some special tabs in the Excel Ribbon tab. These special tabs are known as the Contextual Tab. We need to use these contextual tabs to ease our work.


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Definition of a Contextual Tab

Contextual Tab in excel is one of the most important tabs of excel ribbon tab when you are inserting tables or charts or shapes. By using this tab, we can change the design or shape style, size, alignment, etc easily with just one click.


2 Easy Examples to Use Contextual Tab in Excel

We’ll use two examples in Excel to make the whole process easier. If you follow the steps correctly, you should learn how to use the contextual tab in excel on your own. The steps are:


1. Inserting Table Design Tab

In this case, our goal is to insert a table design tab. To do so, we have to follow the below steps.

Steps:

  • First, arrange the dataset. In this case, we have the Salesperson in Column B and the year 2021 in Column C.

Arranging dataset to Use Contextual Tab in Excel

  • Next, go to select the table > Insert > Table options.

  • After that, Create Table dialog box will appear on the screen. Now, select the desired table range and click OK.

Inserting table to Use Contextual Tab in Excel

  • Afterward, you will get a table similar to the below image.

  • Finally, select any cell of the table and you will have a contextual tab name the Table Design. If you click on it, you will see the properties and change the table accordingly.

Showing Table Design tab to Use Contextual Tab in Excel


2. Inserting Shape Format Tab

Now, we aim to insert a shape format tab in excel. To do so, we have to follow the below steps.

Steps:

  • First, go to Insert > Shapes > Rectangles options.

Inserting shapes to Use Contextual Tab in Excel

  • Second, you will get the desired shape similar to the following image.

  • Last, select any cell of the table and you will have a tab named the Shape Format If you click on it, you will see the properties and change the table accordingly.

Showing Shape Format Tab to Use Contextual Tab in Excel


Conclusion

Henceforth, follow the above-described methods. Moreover, these methods will help you to use the contextual tab in excel. We will be glad to know if you can execute the task in any other way. Follow the ExcelDemy website for more articles like this. Please feel free to add comments, suggestions, or questions in the section below if you have any confusion or face any problems. We will try our best to solve the problem or work with your suggestions.

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