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This past Christmas, Santa brought Emily a new Windows 7 laptop with Office 2010 installed. Emily is a linguistics major at a local university. I met her at a student focus group months ago. She's been using Office 2003 for years and immediately noticed a few changes and had a few questions about Office 2010. Like, what's the ribbon? And what's the backstage?
I'm sure Emily's not the only one. So for all of you new to the Office ribbon, here are three great resources that can help you navigate the switch.
1. Office 2010 migration guides
We announced their release back in September. And based on the number of downloads and positive comments, I think these guides definitely fulfill a need. The migration guides are PDF files that you can view in a browser or download to your computer. There's one guide for each of the most popular applications: Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Word.
With these guides, you'll quickly find your favorite commands and figure out a few things on the Office 2010 ribbon. Plus, they include keyboard shortcuts for the ribbon, which are called KeyTips. You'll also get information about backstage view.
Screenshot of the Word 2010 ribbon
Screenshot of the Word 2010 backstage view
2. Menu-to-ribbon interactive guides
Just click on the Office 2003 menus, toolbars, and commands on the interactive guides and they will show you how to do the same action in Office 2010.
Screenshot of the Word 2010 interactive ribbon guide
3. Training courses
Or if you prefer videos, watch the Make the Switch to Office 2010 training courses.They're short videos, just a few minutes in length, that quickly walk you through the ribbon.
Screenshot of the 'Make the switch to Word 2010' training video
If you need help navigating Office.com, watch this video where Doug Thomas shows you where to find these resources.
Have you made the switch to Office 2010? What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know what you like and dislike about the new version of Microsoft Office.