Office 2007 Add-on Adds Back Classic Menus

17 Apr

A Chinese developer turns back the clock with an add-on to Microsoft’s Office 2007 that returns its traditional menus.

Part 1 of a special five-part series.

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Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Friday, April 13, 2007 12:00 PM PDT

 

A Chinese developer is turning back the clock with an add-on to Microsoft Corp.’s Office 2007 that returns traditional menus to the suite’s applications.

Addintools in Hai Nan, China, sells Classic Menu for Office 2007 as an add-on for users leery of Microsoft’s new interface and its “Ribbon.” The Ribbon, a major departure from earlier Office application interfaces, groups commands by tasks rather than by hierarchical menus. When the new look was unveiled more than a year ago, many users balked at the idea of walking away from long-learned habits.

The US$29.95 Classic Menu for Office 2007 displays a 2003-esque main menu bar, standard toolbar and formatting toolbar in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. All commands, including those new to Office 2007, are included in the menus. Users can also add the menu and toolbars to the Office 2007 Quick Access Toolbar — a top-of-the-window section for placing often-used commands. The add-on supports all major languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Italian.

Classic Menu for Office 2007 can be downloaded from the Addintools site in versions for Windows XP or Vista. A free trial is also available.

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http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,130635/article.html?tk=nl_wbxnws

One Response to “Office 2007 Add-on Adds Back Classic Menus”

  1. Amit |Web Design May 12, 2009 at 4:22 pm #

    With the new Office (the 2007) design, look & feel, Microsoft have made a giant leap. True that it takes time to get use to the new ribbon and to get around quickly.. But once you are familiar with it, you rock!

    We do a lot of researches on the web, and using Excel macros,
    we have improved our research speed in 30%. That huge!!

    Using OneNote have improved our research information control (nothing get lost now) and with the sharing files abilities, now everyone can contribute to the project.

    So to summary it all, we are more then happy with the tools that comes in the Office 2007.
    We looking forward to the new one… 😉

    With the SP2 support for open source files,
    our CRM improved since we don’t have to “fight”
    with our clients anymore 🙂

    The 2007 was a great investment with benefits to us

    Thank you for the interesting post.
    Happy to learn new things every day.

    Amit

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