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Help on Moving from Office 2003 to Office 2007

I recently went to a class on "Moving from Office 2003 to 2007" because I know a lot of you out there are transitioning to Office 2007 and I wanted to be prepared for any questions.  The biggest thing I discovered was that Microsoft totally changed the look of its Office products in its 2007 version.  So if you used Office 2003 for years, like I have and still do, and you got very comfortable knowing where everything was you now get to learn where everything is all over again.  This can especially be a daunting task as there are no longer dropdown menus that you can search through to find what you want.  There is now something called the Microsoft Office Button Microsoft Office Buttonin the upper left-hand corner of the screen. This button replaces what used to be the File menu.

There is also something called a Ribbon and this replaces the rest of the menus and toolbars.

Ribbon (If you want to see a larger view of this just click on it.)

This Ribbon is now featured in the following 2007 Microsoft Office system programs: Access 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007 and Word 2007.  So what's a person to do to find out where a specific command is for a specific Office 2007 program?  Well, one way to do it is to go through the Help section of that Office program or an easier, less time-consuming way is to go to Microsoft's Interactive Command Reference Guide for that program.  They can be found at:

  1. Interactive: Word 2003 to Word 2007 command reference guide

  2. Interactive: Excel 2003 to Excel 2007 command reference guide

  3. Interactive: PowerPoint 2003 to PowerPoint 2007 command reference guide

  4. Interactive: Access 2003 to Access 2007 command reference guide

If you want more specific help or you want to know how to complete a certain task, then you'll want to visit the Help and How-to Home Page for each of the Office programs.  They can be found at:

  1. Word 2007 Help and How-to Home Page

  2. Excel 2007 Help and How-to Home Page

  3. PowerPoint 2007 Help and How-to Home Page

  4. Access 2007 Help and How-to Home Page

Hopefully, all of these links will help save you time when you're trying to get some work done in an Office 2007 program.  If you use these links enough maybe you'll even become the in-library guru on that Office 2007 program.


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