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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.
first of all, shove it, Gail! some of us have made out own toolbars and have adjusted according to out own changing needs over the years
BUT THE 07 RIBBON HIDES THE COMMANDS WHERE YOU WOULDN'T THINK TO FIND THEM and will not allow any creativity at all. I ALSO hate the soft-edged shapes and the gold-gold-gold selection. can't this be adjusted to colors I can tolerate? not blue, not silver, not black. happy to make it up myself--just give me a chance!
Try using the quick access toolbar. It will give you one click access to your favorite commands.
well, people don't realize how hard it is too change or experience difference. If ya quit complaining and except the ribbon, one does 'get used' to it just like ya got used to the old way. I'm am extremley visual and intuitive and I am getting used to it. Yes, it is different, open your mind and it'll be like second nature just like the old menus became, in a few years! ha ha, it's not that bad, didn't slow me down long.... it's all in your ATTITUDE and THOUGHTS not your intelligence. and bet a 2 year will like it too, they don't have to read.... change is for the future generation.
and do you all realize the ribbon is the similair menu just displayed horizontally as opposed to vertically as in the old menu. same diff! the old way ya go down the menu, the new way ya go across the menu. actually kinda nice the menu doesn't hide the file when it goes down as opposed to across the file.
After seeing what this f.king Ribbon is doing, I have switched finally to OpenOffice; more precisely GO-OO (http://go-oo.org/). Fortunately, I have not seen any announcements that GO-OO is going to use this ugly interface. I have nothing against or for Microsoft or Opensource or Novell or any sw company. I only need a tool for working, not a sh.t that forces me to do things in the way that I do not like to do.
I like the ribbon. It's not so bad. It doesn't take too long to find your way around. I'm a Mac user, recently upgraded to Office 2008 and I'm disappointed it isn't more like Office 2007, including the ribbon. I'll probably run Office 2007 native in OS X using Crosswire, rather than use 2008. I like the fact that on first use the ribbon looks completely insane and makes no sense whatsoever. As you get used to it, it works well I think. Like Cindy says, just open your mind. My biggest gripe is that I haven't managed to find out how to display the icons only, without text.
I agree with most of the comments concerning this new Ribbon that MS has created - not user friendly, not intutive. I have been working with computers since "DOS", yes, my age is showing, and this is the worst "upgrade" that MS has come out with. Since I started on computer's before the mouse, I am a keyboard person. As such I have found that MS has left most of the keyboard commands available. While not the best work around, it may bring up your productivity.
I've been struggling with the ribbon for about 6 months and my seasoned judgment is, like most other commenters, that it is a real step backwards. I used to be able to really customize my taskbar -- including editing the icons to group them and make them easy to see -- and most of that has been taken away. I have yet to find a way to have all my frequently-used commands visible at once. Here's my guess as to why this was allowed to happen. MS seems to be very concerned about first-time users. I can see that the ribbon might be easier to learn for a newbie. But MS is now forcing everyone to take baby steps to do simple things when many of us are already sprinters. I don't see why the ribbons can't be customized like the toolbars used to be. My ribbon is crowded with icons I never use and would at least like to get rid of.
Immediate Problem - Can't get the d---ed things to collapse when I want them to??? I've been managing programmers for >20years, and I realize 1) you have to have new "cool" things for them to do, or you'll lose them and your budget 2) Fixin bugs is grunt work, put em on that, same result 3) No new relases, no revenue 4) No new releases, you have to continue to support the old ones, and somebody else may come up with "cool" new things Guys, enough is enough! I don't like Mac's, but I may have to go to them for cludged up clones of old microsoft software; keyword "old". When I find my old Office CD's, I'll get rid of this mess.
My only complaint is they should have done like Corel did with Wordperfect (which I think is a far superior program), which gives you the ability in options menu to select a "classic" interface so if you did not like the new one you could use still use the old one you were used to. Microsoft should have done this with Office 2007 and honestly I dont know why they didn't because as a result they irritated a lot of users by forcing them into using this new interface. Now I use Wordperfect for generating 80% of my Word documents and the only ones I dont use it for are the ones that require embedded VBA code custom specific to certain Microsoft applications. I had to modify the Word 2007 toolbar quite a bit to be compatible with how I use Word but really do not like this new layout at all. MS Word 2007 is very limited on how you can customise the toolbars compared to Word 2003 so it is still not the way I like it. So far Wordperfect has not changed their layout and even has a Microsoft Word compatible keyboard and toolbar you can select if you prefer it. My suggestion is if you have to use MS Office, dump 2007 and use Office 2003 and just download the 2007 compatibility pack to use with it. The few features you gain with 2007 are not worth the trouble if you are a busy person and need to get the job done. The other problem I have with 2007 is it is slower to react. I had to drop my windows Vista into "Classic Mode" in order to speed up the reaction time and its still not close to Office 2003 and I have a fast machine; God forbid if you have a slower one. I hate to say it but this tech thinks Microsoft has bitten the hand that feeds them.
Okay... So, I've got Flash 10 installed, and the "Interactive Video Tool" will not load fully. Gets to 93% and STOPS DEAD. So, MS FAIL. THEN... the other stuff - trying to make Word more efficient by making it INefficient doesn't strike me as terribly smart. As many users have commented - I shouldn't be required to click 90 times (I exaggerate slightly) as often to achieve the same effect. Listen: I don't mind learning new programs, or new interfaces. But there's a lot of CRAP in the ribbon that I NEVER USE. And there's a lot of stuff that's NOT in the ribbon that I use a LOT. I often enough write documents that actually USE 6 heading styles. Only two show up in the "Recommended" styles. I have to go in and change the "Recommend" list. And, I often edit the header and footer - to nothing at all like the "default" choices the ribbon gives me. So, I'd like to put "Edit header" and "edit footer" on the ribbon, not an additional menu reference from which to select those. So, how do I change the ribbon? Evidently not possible from the user interface. If it were REALLY like a DeskCaddy, I could put whatever the heck I wanted to on it. Unfortunately, I'm stuck with whatever MS GLUED onto it. I'm really tempted to keep the verdammt ribbon minimized, put what I use on the "Quick Access Toolbar", and hope for the best. There's an answer, though, for all those who hate the ribbon interface: www.addintools.com/.../menuoffice changes the menus to look like O2003 - for $30.
The ribbon requires you to learn . Use the help , watch the video or buy the book . If you are not open to learning then how can you progress .So many people have left negative reviews of an application that really is a fantastic leap forward , but one must give it a chance and learn the new steps . i love the new look and the thought that microsoft team have applied makes it a joy to use . I urge you to take your time and get to understand the new look ....... think back to when you where learning how to use office back in 95 ........ it took time and then and it may do now but hey it will be worht it.
My first (and second) reaction to the ribbon is that I don't need the hassle! I have been using Word for as long as it has existed, and I thought I knew how! It is like driving a car - we all have known for all our lives that if you turn the steering wheel right, the car will go right. If you turn the steering wheel left, the car will go left. But what do you do when you get in a car with NO STEERING WHEEL??? Sure, there is some other sort of control that might even be somewhat intuitive. But while you are trying to learn how to use it, you are likely to run over several pedestrians. (At least, you will be so focused on the new user interface that you won't even think of chatting on your cell phone at the same time.) Office tools are about productivity. Productivity does not require constant re-education. It requires practicing the same skills over and over. Microsoft has taken away my skill set and told me that I need to be re-educated to become productive again. For a new worker, that might be OK - they only have to get educated once. For us folks that are already productive, just let us keep being productive!
Is anyone from Microsoft going to comment about all the complaints above? or they just don't even bother to read these comments?
I am not a superuser, I just created a db for first time in 15 years. It seems to me that you would for the most part want to hide the ribbon from the user. How can this be done easily?