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The idea of Ribbon Hero was hatched at Office Labs (a sort of playground for prototypes here at Microsoft) as a way to encourage Office users to learn, through game play, how to be more productive in Office —using, what else, the ribbon. Teaching through game play is becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason: It works. The point of this experiment is to discover whether scoring points, competing with friends, and earning achievements will motivate people to explore the ribbon more in-depth.
It’s pretty simple: You download it the program and it shows up on your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint menu bars. You just start working in the program. With each command you earn points, certain commands (recording macros, using Style Sets) earning you more points than others (using Bold, Italic, or Underline). You also earn points by playing challenges and then by making use of the skills you've learned during the various challenges. The Ribbon Hero "watches" what you do and then suggests challenges for you to do, to expose you to new features.
Also, take a look at Doug's Office Casual video about Ribbon Hero and learn why he thinks it's one of the best "training + fun" activities he's seen in a while.
Okay, so look: The download is free, you can play on your own time, and you'll get better each passing day. What more motivation do you need? Go get Ribbon Hero and watch your office productivity skyrocket (and your need to complain sink).
"We can't all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by." — Will Rogers
I have a question crabby lady. I am unable to open adobe documents without first copying them, putting them into a file and the using the right-click drop-down which allows me to use "open with adobe" selection. I used to be able to just click on "open" and the computer (somehow) knew to open the attachement with adobe. Can you explain what has happened and how to fix it? Thank you, Tina
Tina - I can't answer that question because my expertise is with Microsoft Office-- Adobe is a totally different company. You can search their support options here; http://www.adobe.com/support/
I have downloaded Ribbon Hero but it does not show in Excel or Word etc. I have looked at the Add ins and it is not there. HOw do I get Ribbon Hero to show in my Office programs. Office 2007 non-commercial use on a Windows 7 computer.
JG: let me look into this and I'll write back Monday. ( You can also email me @MSFTCrabby@hotmail.com.)
@ JG: : First, I found this article from the Office Labs/RIbbon Hero site that seems to address your very issue: http://bit.ly/dDAikh
Then, I'd visit the Ribbon Hero facebook page (www.facebook.com/.../application.php) become a fan/like it/join it (whatever) and post your questions. It's just impossible for me (and anyone else) to diagnose the issue without having a whole lot more information.
Will you let me know if you get it to work? It really is a very cool program and I'd love it if you were able to use it!
Don’t stop blogging! It’s nice to read a sane commentary for once.