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Did you know the interface used in Office programs before 2007 was designed way back in 1992? That's something I learned when researching the Office 2007 interface, the ribbon. Here's some cool tools to help you get the most out of it.
The interactive guides mentioned in this video are here for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook. Or find them all here.
More tools: Get Started with Office 2007 here including a free add-in to get quick information right in a program (as seen in the image to the right). Also, watch former Group Program Manager Jensen Harris give a much more eloquent (and longer) look at the why and how of the ribbon, for those who need The Story of the Ribbon.
Microsoft must realize there are LOTS of us in our 80's who are retired from administrative positions who can't figure how to do simple things, like make my document single space!!!! HELP!
I don't have a lot of time - or patience right now.
I've given Office 2007 two months and I'm going to unload it and go back to Office 2003. 2007 is impossible to use, not in the least bit intuitive, and an absolutely botched design. If the 2003 features I depend on are in the ribbon (or anywhere) I can't find them. I am not an idiot. I'm a pretty advanced computer user. If you are considering wasting money on 2007, don't. Wait till Microsoft gets the message that they have designed a user-hostile hulk that must be replaced. This is doorstop material.
hey guys I found a great solution!!! since microsucks opps sorry microsoft... seems to take the side of noone but themselves why not use "Open Office" its free does not have the "Ribbon Interface", and has all the easy to use classic style menus that that we have grown so fond of and are comforatble with. http://www.openoffice.org/
DITTO ALL BEFIRE ME SURPRISE OPEN OFFICE ANNOUNCED "THE RIBBON" YOICKS!!!!
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i need to change the ms word 2007 menu/ribbon language from thai to english. how can i do it? thanks?
Arlene: Here's how to change language:
Thank goodness for Open Office and WordPerfect. Productivity has slowed to a crawl for me using Office 2007. Too many clicks to get me where I need to be. Ridiculous.
Its all come down to a bunch of stupid hieroglyphics now? At least a pull down menu had, what's that...oh yeah...f'n "words" to let me know what I needed. Now a bunch of stupid pictures that make no sense, and are in no particular order. Just a garbled mess of icona all over the screen. So what if everything up to Office 2003 was designed back in 1992, it still works. Change for the sake of change is just retarted. I hate that about microsoft more than anything else about them. And this crap that the ribbon saves space (ie Real Estate) on the screen....what a load of crap, that ribbon is friggin huge WIndows 7 start menu, classic mode gone. Why? That new start menu is so small and cluttered, but no, microsoft's way or the highway. Ribbon and no classic menus, microsofts way or the highway. I will continue to use 2003 and not give a single penny up for 2007+
What a bunch of cry babies. I really like office 2007
I think it has a lot more creative options, not everyone can adapt to change, I know it is not easy but your old prgrams will go away some day, and besides this is good excecise for your brain, instead of same old thinking process, oh my God you have to think and search, that is the world we live in now. Hey if I can adapt anyone can, I am over 60yrs old and have seen a lot of changes in the world I had to adapt, when most of you were born in a world that we Grandmas had to learn with no training. Quit complaining and go find out what you need to know.
The Office 2007 interface has to be the most un-intuitive piece of crap that I have ever had the misfortune to get stuck with. I work in IT support so I need to stay up to date but as for the other 15 workstations in our office, there is no way in hell I would consider purchasing upgrades for current Office 2000 and 2003 installations. Nor switch any of the operating systems to Vista. Both have proven to be nothing more than a huge waste of time, in particular the Office 2007 suite. I have been working with Computers and Windows for over 15 years and have never before been so disappointed with a Microsoft product as I am with Office 2007. Wake up Microsoft and LISTEN to the people who are keeping you in business!
I got switched over to Office 2007 at work three weeks ago. My productivity has dropped significantly because of the Ribbons. This is one of the worse things Microsoft has ever pushed on consumers. You can tell it was developed in a lab without real user input. I have used Word & Excel for over 20 years. I embraced all of the previous updates because for the most parts, the benefits of the upgrades outweighed the negatives. Ribbons change that. As stated before, Ribbons is THE most UN-intuitive function I have seen on a computer in a long time. If Windows 7 and WindowsMobile 6.5 & 7 take this approach, then they're doomed.
I loaded Office 2007 months ago. I've tried to get used to it but it is far from intuitive. I rarely use it - I'll find another computer with 2003 on it. It works great for the simplest of tasks, but at that point you should just be using WordPad? or how about Text Editor? or how about edlin! I was a power-user on Office; now I can only do the simplest of tasks like the rest of the world I guess. I am reloading 2003, especially since the office isn't going to 2007 anytime soon. If MS had any sense, they would put a 2003 skin option on this thing quick before they lose much more market share.