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Thursday, January 17, 2013

MS Office 2010: More Help If You’re Migrating From Office 2003

If you’ve recently given up your Microsoft Office 2003 for the “latest, greatest” version, Office 2010, you may be a bit disoriented.

You’ve heard the hype about the new Ribbon User Interface but now you’re faced with actually having to use it…

If it’s not something you’re taking to easily or just feel like you need more guidance, I have a suggestion or two for you.

Microsoft has put help out there for you – you just have to know where to look to find it.

Previously I’ve directed you to the Program Guides offered at the Microsoft Support Site. There you’ll find a great set of programs that allow you to click on a command in Office 2003 and it then shows you where to find that command in Office 2010. Cool!

However, for some of you it’s a true introduction that you need, to even begin to feel comfortable with these new programs.

If that’s you, then here’s what I found that may do the trick.

We are back at the Microsoft Support Site and this time we’re going to explore the Office 2010 Migration Guides.

Once there, this is what you’ll find:

Basically it’s an introduction to the guides, and the main feature is the 6 program links you see in the center.

Choose a program, and you’ll have a new tab open with an Adobe PDF file.

In this multi-page document, you’ll find information on things like finding the Print Preview, the Options dialog box, “missing” menus and commands, keyboard shortcuts, etc…

It’s a basic introduction that answers some of those questions many people have when first exposed to the Ribbon User Interface.

While there are other types of help available, this one is a good introduction to the new concepts used in Office 2010 (and 2007 for that matter).

Once you’re comfortable with the setup, you’re really ready to dig-in and find the commands you seem to have “lost”.

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