Chapter 1. Introducing the Ribbon User Interface

In this chapter

The Excel 2007 Interface 22

Using the Office Icon Menu 23

Understanding the Ribbon User Interface 25

Finding Old Menu Items in the New Interface 31

The Office 2007 user interface sports a complete makeover, and similar and extensive changes have been made to Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, and the Compose Mail portion of Outlook. With the new interface, Microsoft admits that it was wrong when it used the original menu and toolbars paradigm back in 1985. Microsoft admits that it was wrong to try adaptive menus in 2000. It admits that the task pane was wrong in Excel 2003. It admits that Clippy (the much-maligned Office Assistant) was the stupidest idea ever invented. Even if everyone ...

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