Looking Back at Menus: Coping with the Ribbon

Created: Wednesday, August 13, 2008, posted by Geetesh Bajaj at 5:26 am

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It’s been close to two years since I encountered the Ribbon in Office 2007, and that’s probably not counting the beta period. And there must be many of you who moved up to PowerPoint 2007 since then. Most of you love the Ribbon and the tabs — and the Quick Access Toolbar — but many of you still want to use menus — so you might be using one of the free add-ins that bring back the menus as a new tab in the Ribbon! These include the RibbonCustomizer from Patrick Schmid — and Classic Menu from Addintools.

If you are still struggling with the Ribbon, but don’t want the menus back yet, Microsoft has created this cool interactive demo that lets you locate your favorite PowerPoint 2003 commands within the new PowerPoint 2007 interface (see Figure 1).

Figure 1: PowerPoint 2003 to PowerPoint 2007 command reference guide

Now only if they could provide this as a download-able file — that would be cool. Even more cool — make this part of the PowerPoint help interface that can work offline as well. And I’m not complaining even if I may sound so! Kudos to the Office Online team for creating something so helpful — there are similar interactive demos for other Office 2007 products including Word and Excel.

Categories: office_online, powerpoint_2007, training

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