Using the Ribbon Feature in Microsoft Office 2010

by Jamie Myers on February 25, 2011

If you have recently upgraded Microsoft Office from 2003 to 2010, you may have noticed a new feature – the Ribbon.

Microsoft designed the ribbon feature to improve user experience. It requires fewer mouse-clicks to use and improves overall appearance of the application.  However, many long-time users of Microsoft Office find the new feature has a pretty large learning curve.

To remedy this, Microsoft has provided a really friendly tool to help ramp people up the curve: an interactive guide to find commands.  You can even download the guide for easy access.

http://office2010.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/learn-where-menu-and-toolbar-commands-are-in-office-2010-HA101794130.aspx#_Toc256784678

For example, if you are unable to locate the rules and alerts setting in Outlook 2010, you would select the Outlook guide.  This opens up a window that mocks the Outlook 2003 interface. Click through it like you would an Outlook window – hovering your mouse pointer over a menu item will provide step by step instructions, and clicking on one will walk you through a mock Outlook 2010 window.

The webpage above also provides a printable list for each application – a handy tool for anyone upgrading!

These tools are free from Microsoft.  Get to know your Ribbon and you might find that your productivity increases!

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