Good news for all you old dogs who are disinclined to learn a lot of new Office 2007 tricks: Addintools is offering Classic Menu for Office 2007. This add-on re-creates the Office 2003 menus, adapted to present Office 2007 commands — for instance, the add-on's View menu for Word contains 2007's Draft and Full Screen Reading commands instead of the old Normal and Reading Layout commands.
The implementation is pretty clever: Classic Menu places a Menus tab on the Office 2007 Ribbon. You can select the tab to display the Office 2003 menu bar, along with the Standard and Formatting toolbar:
Click any of the regular Office 2007 tabs, and the Office 2003 elements disappear.
If you're rabidly anti-Ribbon, you can take things even further. Classic Menu provides an All item on the Office 2003 menu bar. Just right-click on All, choose Add To Quick Access Toolbar, and then minimize the Ribbon. A little green button on the Quick Access Toolbar will drop down the Office 2003 menu bar:
You can follow a similar procedure to add the toolbars to the Quick Access Toolbar. Another little green button will appear, and you can use it to turn on the toolbar display.
Addintools offers a free 15-day trial of the Office 2007 Classic Menu add-on (2.6 Mb). If you decide to purchase the product, you can choose from individual add-ons for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint ($15) or get all three in the Office 2007 Classic Menu package ($29.95).
Thanks to the folks at Office Watch for the heads-up on this product in their latest newsletter.
Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior editor for Tech Pro Research.