10 cool features to look forward to in Office 2010

The Ribbon

After using Office 2010 extensively for the last couple of weeks, I'm finding more and more to like about it. Keeping in mind that this is beta software and some things could change before the final release, here are the top 10 features that I think will make Office 2010 worth the upgrade.

Note: This gallery is also available as a PDF download and as an entry in our 10 Things blog.

Feature #1 is the Ribbon. Why would I list the Ribbon as the number one new feature in Office 2010, when the Ribbon was introduced in Office 2007 -- and in fact, was the feature that caused the most controversy? Office 2010 not only keeps the Ribbon; it has now been added to all the Office programs, including Outlook and OneNote. But don't panic: The Office 2010 implementation is Ribbon Done Right. The difference is that now you have control over your Ribbon and what items appear on its tabs, and you can even add tabs of your own and put your favorite commands on there. No more despair because a favorite command that was on an Outlook 2003 menu can't be found anywhere on the Ribbon.

All you have to do is right-click the Ribbon and select Customize The Ribbon. This opens a dialog box from which you can make new Ribbon tabs and add or remove commands from the tabs, as shown here.

By Deb Shinder

Debra Littlejohn Shinder, MCSE, MVP is a technology consultant, trainer, and writer who has authored a number of books on computer operating systems, networking, and security. Deb is a tech editor, developmental editor, and contributor to over 20 add...