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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.
Chris: The Ribbon can be hidden several ways including CTRL + F1. See more ways here:
I HATEHATEHATE THE FREAKING RIBBON. Download the Ubit utility, it's free and it makes Word and Excel look like their old selves again.
Why, oh why must you dictate to your users how the ribbon looks? I regularly customize my software to clear out the features I don't (and never will) use to make for a cleaner, less-jumbled toolbar and desparately want to clean out these stupid ribbons to make them user friendly. We all don't use every feature you offer, so why should we have them cluttering up our workspaces?
The ribbon is the WORST feature Microsoft could have ever done!! For formatting, it is an absolute disaster! With Word 2003 and prior versions, you could fill up the top and bottom of the screen with specific formatting commands you use, especially custom designed style sheets and macros, not to mention being able to customize the macro icons into something you recognize. Whose STUPID brainchild was this??????????????
i just wonder: If the excresence that is the ribbon UI is acutally that great, that intuitive, thnen why does so much need to be done to support people in using it?
Maybe, just maybe, the interface that had been evolved by 1998 was actually pretty good. OK, there is a plethora of commnads but 95% of those would not be used by 90% of users.
Making the hideous ribbon UI with it's large "friendly" icons is a hugely retrograde step. Making it impossible to use an alternative UI that actually doensn't screw up my staff's productivity is absolutely inexcusable.
We're now engaged on a trial of Open Office and considering migrating all 5000 desktops to Open Office, purely on the strength of the Ribbon UI and the effect it has had on our productivity.
It's probably too late in our case but, for the sanity of others, please. get rid of the Ribbon UI - or at the very least allow people to use the UI that has evolved into something which, although not perfect, was actually useful.
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