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First look: Microsoft Office 2013
by Mark Kaelin | July 17, 2012, 12:39pm PDT | Image 7 of 16
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Same old, same old
As for all Caps for the menu items - and coloured menus - I don't see the benefit and certainly will not be consistent across the whole platform. I wonder if they have improved the Zoom features in PowerPoint - like the Zoom control for the outline window to be consistent with the main display zoom control; like identical table controls in PowerPoint as in Word, etc. And please, please can we make Visio more consistent!!!
Single Versus Mulit-Document Interface
Still using Office 2003
For example, on my widescreen monitor, I keep my Word toolbars at a short two rows high (very efficient on real estate), but I have more than 160 buttons, and there's still room for another couple dozen.
I have single-click access to every command, font, and style that I might use frequently, or even infrequently, along with macros galore. All of them are in plain sight all the time and showing all their status information all the time. Compare with The Ribbon, where, if I am using commands on the Insert tab, I can't tell whether the current paragraph is formatted to "Keep with next" or not.
And compare with Addintools. Can I paste unformatted text easily? It's not easier than clicking my macro-linked Paste Unformatted toolbar button, which is right after the Paste button but has a green gradient clipboard instead of a yellow one.
By the way, my Excel toolbars and other Office 2003 apps have customized toolbars, too.
When Addintools includes customization capabilities, or if Microsoft provides an interface that I can select to be either The Ribbon OR toolbars & menus, I'll make the change to 2010. But not to 2013 with its goofy licensing.
Toolbars in Office 2007 and Beyond
At the risk of sounding like a commercial for software, seeing that I've already promoted another one of their products below (Office Tab), have you seen this add-in that brings back the toolbars to Office?
I have not tried it, so I cannot give my opinion on it, but you can download it and trial it for free for 15 days. After that, it's $29.50 to buy (volume licensing available). There is a version for 2007 and 2010 and beyond. While you are there, check out Office Tab! I'd highly recommend it. It makes Office behave how it should because it makes all of the apps have multi-document inerface through the use of tabs. So much better for quickly moving between open files.
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