Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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What’s New? What’s Changed?
What’s New? What’s Changed?
Did you skip an Office upgrade? If your new copy of Office 2010 replaced Office 2003 or
earlier, then you missed the single biggest change in Office 2007: the ribbon. In Office
2010, this interface element is now a part of every program in the Office family, without
exception. The ribbon replaces the drop-down menus and icon-laden toolbars from earlier
Office editions with tabs that stretch horizontally across the top of the program window.
Figure 1-1, for example, shows the Insert tab from Word 2010.
Figure 1-1 The ribbon interface combines menus and toolbars into a single horizontal
arrangement.
The ribbon isn’t only about turning menus on their side. Other additions to the Office
interface allow you to choose formatting options from a gallery and preview their effect on your
live data before committing to a change. In all Office programs, paste options allow you to
adjust formatting on the fly rather than using Undo in a series of trial-and-error attempts.
If you’re already familiar with the ribbon from Office 2007, you’ll notice incremental
improvements in this upgrade. In a welcome change from Office 2007, the ribbon is
also customizable; using the dialog box shown in Figure 1-2, you can remove command
groups from the ribbon, create your own custom command groups and tabs, rename
existing groups and tabs, and save your custom settings for reuse on a different Office 2010
installation.
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