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Thursday, January 17, 2013

How to Use the Ribbon in MS Office

If you made the transition to the Ribbon User Interface when Office 2007 was released, the upgrade to Office 2010 really wasn’t a big deal for you.

There are changes, but not in a way that gives you that “I’m lost” feeling so many people felt with their beginning efforts in Office 2007.

But, if you’re one of the many who didn’t use Office 2007, and jumped right to Office 2010, then you were in for a bit of a shock.

OK, maybe “a bit of a shock” is a little to mild of a phrase for some of you… in some cases, I’m betting that overwhelmed may work as a better description of how you feel.

If this is you, then I have a resource to show you today, that may speed up the adaption process for you.

Just as they did when Office 2007 was released, Microsoft has created interactive guides that will allow you to choose a command from an Office 2003 program and then it shows you were to find it in Office 2010.

To find the guides head over to the Microsoft Support Site.

Once there, you’ll be presented with page that allows you to choose which program guide you want to use.

Once you choose one, it will load. You then click the Start button and then you’ll be presented with this:

Yep, that’s right – it’s the 2003 version of the program you chose.

At this point, you need to go to the menu command or button that you can’t seem to find in Office 2010.

Once you click that command you’ll find that the guide switches over to the 2010 version of the program and in a slow-motion sequence it will show you where to find it.

After it’s done showing you where to find it, you’ll get a summary screen that looks something like this:

As you can see, it verifies the 2003 command and then lists the location for the command in Office 2010.

I’ve found these guides to be one of the quickest and easiest ways to locate something that you just can’t find without the hassles of a help window, or a lot of wasted time spent searching and searching and searching…

I hope you find them useful too!

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