Features of Microsoft Office Word 2007The Office 2007 application is radically different with its blue interface brighter than in the past. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint arrange features within a tabbed Ribbon toolbar that largely replaces the gray drop-down menu, docked in the upper left comer, bundles many commands from the old File and Edit menus.
The Office 2007 programs share a new graphics engine and, strongly emphasize ways to decorate documents. It has pull-down Style Galleries to preview how new fonts, color themes, chart styles and images appear before applying changes. With the Ribbon, it is easy to find Conditional Formatting in Excel, View tab in Word and have better options for viewing two or three documents at once. The brightness of images can be easily adjusted, and so with adding 3D effects and glows to pictures and charts.
Exploring Word 2007 Environment
|The Word Environment|
The user interface has been significantly redesigned in the following 2007 Microsoft Office system programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook. The Microsoft Office Button replaces the File menu and is located in the upper-left corner of these Microsoft Office programs.
Click on the Office Button to open the Office menu. The commands on the left are for managing Word documents as a whole rather than document content. Close the menu by pressing the key on the keyboard or by clicking in a clear area off of the menu. . Look for the Quick Access Toolbar on the Title Bar just to the right of the Office button. It contains frequently used commands and can be customized using the drop-down menu.
When the Microsoft Office Button is clicked, the same basic commands like to open, save, and print file, become available as in earlier releases of Microsoft Office.
|The Quick Access Toolbar|
Point to each small icon to view its screen tip. Click the Customize Quick Access Toolbar button, check New on the menu and see it added to the Quick Access Toolbar. The Quick Access Toolbar can also be moved below the ribbon.
The Ribbon is found in the area underneath the Title Bar. The Ribbon makes all the capabilities of Word available in a single area.
- Commands related to working with document content are represented as buttons on the tabs that make up the Ribbon.
- The Home tab is the active tab by default. Try clicking on other tabs to view their buttons.
- Notice that on each Tab, the Buttons are organized into Groups.
On some groups there is a Launcher button which opens a dialogue box with related but less common commands.
Some buttons in the groups have arrows:
When beginning to explore Word 2007 notice a new look to the menu bar. There are three features to remember when working within Word 2007: the Microsoft Office Button, the Quick Access Toolbar, and the Ribbon they also contain many of the functions found in the previous versions of Word.
The Microsoft Office Button
The Microsoft Office Button is in the upper-left comer the Word 2007. Click the button then a menu appears. This button is used to create a new document, open an existing file, save a file, and perform many other tasks, several of which were in the File menu of older Word version.
|The Microsoft Office Button drop-down menu|
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