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Old 03-31-10, 09:59 AM   #1
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Not every change is an improvement

I HATE the new user interface (menu ribbons) in Office 2007.

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Work just installed it. I think it's rather intuitive for it being so different from the previous version.
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It's fine now that I'm used to it. At first I thought they'd lost their minds.
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It's part of their user experience program. They will reduce bug reports by making it so frustrating to use, you will reduce the number of features that you use on a regular bases. From a statistical standpoint, you will run into fewer bugs, and that will result in them being able to claim higher quality.

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There are workarounds. I used something similar on a machine at the old job, but do not recall what add in I used. I know it was freeware / shareware from the net though.
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I HATE the new user interface (menu ribbons) in Office 2007.

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absolutely! i recently added it and had to use it for compatibility reasons with another company's use of it. the whole user experience was changed, the years of knowledge of where things were and short cuts and navigation around the menus were thrown out the window and everything was new. when it came down to actual advances, there were none in excel. in fact there were a couple of functionalities that were useful that they got rid of.

i can't speak for other programs in office, but excel was actually a step back.
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I have been fighting the conversion to office 07 for quite a while. It is a battle I will eventually lose.
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We converted a couple of years ago and it definitely took some getting used to, but now that I am, it's fine, although there are some things that simply aren't intuitive and I have to ravage the help menu to figure them out every. single. time.
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I was working on a tech support helpdesk for a big company when they rolled out Office '07... ugh, talk about the worst Monday ever when I came into work and call volume was at 400% of a normal Monday...
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We converted a couple of years ago and it definitely took some getting used to, but now that I am, it's fine, although there are some things that simply aren't intuitive and I have to ravage the help menu to figure them out every. single. time.

like it or not, the new geography of the menu is how it will develope into the future so anyone who knew the previous era will just have to get used to the new layout. whether or not it is an advance is almost irrelevant because everyone just has to learn the new. what a stupid arrogant move just to mess people around and show them who's in charge.
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I find it very easy to use, and highly customizable.
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I just downloaded open office for work use 'cause excel either can't or won't show me how to do graphing I used to do. I can't tell what isn't there vs what is hidden too easily. Whatever.

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Old 03-31-10, 12:08 PM   #16
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We converted a couple of years ago and it definitely took some getting used to, but now that I am, it's fine, although there are some things that simply aren't intuitive and I have to ravage the help menu to figure them out every. single. time.
Big time. Looks like they figure "pictures" rather than words will be more appealing for those who can't or won't read. The only 'spark' I have found is that you can drag menu/tool bar (?) elements around. Otherwise, I prefer my XP setup/version. Couldn't afford a Mac, again, this time.
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the previous version you could drag menus around and more versatile in the dragging and customising personal toolbars
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Tool bars, yeah. But they were comprehensive. I'm now noob to Word or Excel, but cartoons for a tool bar? Please.
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It's part of their user experience program. They will reduce bug reports by making it so frustrating to use, you will reduce the number of features that you use on a regular bases. From a statistical standpoint, you will run into fewer bugs, and that will result in them being able to claim higher quality.
Makes sense.

I quit using Word altogether for composing documents (switched to Google docs and Notepad) because I can't be bothered to screw around with painfully slow guis that take time to figure out. The only time I've actually used the new Word for composition was for building an index for a book and generating footnotes. Now I just use it as a document viewer.
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absolutely! i recently added it and had to use it for compatibility reasons with another company's use of it. the whole user experience was changed, the years of knowledge of where things were and short cuts and navigation around the menus were thrown out the window and everything was new. when it came down to actual advances, there were none in excel. in fact there were a couple of functionalities that were useful that they got rid of.

i can't speak for other programs in office, but excel was actually a step back.
Actually, Excel is the reason I needed to upgrade. For most functions there's no real difference. But I need to use Pivot Tables and the menus in Excel 2003 just weren't adequate. The one thing that keeps driving me crazy is the fact that Insert Rows and Columns is in the Home tab and not the Insert tab. GRRRRR.
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just wait 3 years until they finish troubleshooting Office 2010! :-)
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My biggest problem with it is the compatibility headaches it introduced. I work in IT and for months and months every other call I got was "I got X document but I can't open it due to not having 2007..."
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My biggest problem with it is the compatibility headaches it introduced. I work in IT and for months and months every other call I got was "I got X document but I can't open it due to not having 2007..."
I started getting those *.***x docs a few years ago, 07 I guess, and found a converter pretty quickly. Since I finally got office 07 myself, I've found out how many people who got those same docs since 07 still haven't downloaded a converter.
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Is it as simple as saving old docs with an "x" at the end of .doc? This is a serious question. I'm tired of the third degree with my old invoices.
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