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Finding Your Way Around the Word 2010 Window
Finding Your Way Around the Word 2010 Window
It turns out that we’re still dealing with the aftermath of the Office 2007 user interface
redesign. People had greatly divergent views on the overall approach that the designers
of Office 2007 were reaching for—and many people just plain didn’t like the Ribbon. Early
reactions were generally positive—people were intrigued by the idea that Office designers
went “back to the drawing board” when they began brainstorming about the new look and
feel of the user interface. Experienced users were wary—why ix what’s not broken?—and
power users wondered whether the simplified design would make it impossible to use the
shortcuts, macros, and more they had come to rely on to expedite their document tasks.
Word 2010 (along with all the other Office 2010 applications) carries forward the purpose
and intent of the new user interface, this time offering increased flexibility—now you can
customize the Ribbon to suit your needs. Shortcut keys still work, macros are easier to
create than ever, and we realize—as the software continues to move forward—that we
haven’t lost any of the familiar tools that we were worried about misplacing in the new
design.
Get What You Need, Intuitively
But, you know, everybody’s different. One of the lessons I think Word 2007 taught was that
not everybody was in agreement that “new = better.” The intention to create an interface
that was easier to use and ultimately uncluttered the workspace was a good one. And the
design philosophy behind the Ribbon—bringing you just the tools you need when you
need them, organized around specific tasks you want to complete—was also sound. But
learning a dramatically new interface and getting comfortable finding your favorite tools
and options when you need to get things done can be a bit of a headache—one many
Word users suffered through on the way to a more intuitive word processing experience.
When you open Word 2010 for the first time, the screen that meets your eye is open and
inviting. Figure 1-7 shows the Word 2010 window. The Ribbon appears at the top of the
screen, with tabs that group the tools you need for the various tasks you’ll undertake in
Word.
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