Office 2007 is being installed on all the staff computers first, so that when it's rolled out to the public we'll be able to help them with the new Ribbons menus. And thanks to a heads-up from Dean Baumeister (Memorial Hall Library, Andover, MA), we're going to use some great interactive tutorial guides developed by Microsoft to help make the switch easier.
The neat thing about these guides is that you use a standard Office 2003 menus to do the task you want, and then it shows you exactly how to do that same task using the Office 2007 Ribbons. We're going to put shortcuts to all of these on the desktops, to have easy ready-reference for locating Office functions:
- Excel 2007: Interactive Guide (more info)
- PowerPoint 2007: Interactive Guide (more info)
- Word 2007: Interactive Guide (more info)
- Access 2007: Interactive Guide (more info)
- Outlook 2007: Interactive Guide (more info)
I've only played with Office 2007, so I've been poking around with these guides to see where all the tools and functions I use every day have ended up in the Ribbons. The trickiest thing to find so far has been Word's options. It used to be at Tools > Options, and now it's oddly hidden up in the big round button.
Ah, the joys of learning new software (and trying to make it work as much like the old software as possible).
*Yes, I know Office 2010 is due out this summer, but lets not get ahead of ourselves (read more, see more).