Microsoft's ambitious update to its Office suite has done away with the familiar, gray menu of features and pull-down menus shown here in Word 2003. Some of the most commonly used commands have moved to unexpected places. Here's a sample of what's moved and what's new in Office 2007.
Caption:CNET Reviews staffPhoto:CNET Networks
The new Ribbon toolbar in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access, as well as the message composition window of Outlook arranges major functions within a graphical, tabbed interface atop the screen. Some tabs remain hidden until the software senses that you may need them. For instance, a Picture Tools Format tab appears when you click on a picture.
An arrow icon within Office 2007 software represents the Undo feature, now perched in the upper-left corner of the interface. You also can press CTRL+Z instead of clicking on the arrow icon with a mouse.
In Office 2003, you had to open the Font dialog box from the Format menu to change the appearance of text on the page. To sample new fonts, you might have even made changes to the document, then selected Undo to reverse unwanted changes, and repeated those steps until the style fit your tastes.
In Office 2007, a drop-down list of fonts displays their appearance, and you can preview styles on the page without changing the document. These formatting options are located on the Home tab of the Ribbon toolbar. Similarly, you can preview changes to images and charts by hovering over styles in Office 2007's new, graphical galleries.
In Excel 2007, don't hunt beneath the Insert tab if you need to insert a row. Instead, click on the Home tab and look to the right. There, you'll find the Insert menu with the Insert Sheet Rows option.
Would you rather press CTRL+S instead of selecting File and then Save in Office 2003? If you forgot a keyboard shortcut, then you would have had to open a pull-down menu to see it spelled out next to its corresponding function.
In Office 2007 applications, press the ALT key at any time to display the quick keys next to their corresponding functions. For example, the H badge shows that you can press ALT+H to move to the Home tab. Some shortcuts require the CTRL key. CTRL+F, for instance, will press the Office logo button in the upper-left corner.