Now that you have had a chance to gain some experience using ArcGIS Pro and the ribbon, you hopefully have begun to understand the concepts of tabs. You will now begin to explore contextual tabs.
Contextual tabs are smart tabs that appear when you select an item within ArcGIS Pro. This could be a layer, a map, a layout, a table, and so on. When you select one of these items, a tab will appear on the ribbon, which contains tools specific to working with that item. For example, if you select a layer from the Contents pane, the FEATURE LAYER contextual tab will appear. You will examine the FEATURE LAYER contextual tab next. You will explore other contextual tabs throughout other chapters in the book.