This article presents the basic elements of the new user interface of Microsoft Office Fluent in Microsoft Office Word 2007. It also lists the commands that you use in Microsoft Office Word 2003 and shows how to obtain the same results in Office Word 2007.
Important: This article was designed as a quick reference tool only and not as a document for training or learning.
Introducing the new interface
Office Word 2007 has a new look: the new Office Fluent user interface replaces menus, toolbars and most panes from earlier versions of Word in a simple and easy to find. The new Office Fluent user interface is designed to help you, to be more productive in Word easier to find the appropriate features for various tasks, discover new features and more efficiently.
This article is intended for experienced users of Word 2003 support staff, professionals and other users have mastered the interface of Word 2003 who want to quickly find the old commands in Office Word 2007.
Office Fluent user interface
The main element which replaces the menus and toolbars in Office Word 2007 is the Ribbon, part of the Office Fluent user interface. Designed for easy browsing, the Ribbon consists of tabs that are arranged according to scenarios or specific objects. The controls available in each tab are organized into groups. The Office Fluent Ribbon may contain more varied as the menus and toolbars, including buttons, galleries and content of dialog boxes.
1. The tabs are designed to focus on tasks.
2. The groups within each tab divide a task into subtasks.
3. Command buttons in each group include a command or display a menu of commands.
Tabs that appear only when you need it
Besides the usual set of tabs that you see on the Ribbon whenever you start Office Word 2007, there are two other types of tabs that are displayed in the UI when they are useful for the type of task you are doing.
Contextual Tools: It enables you to use a selected object on the page as a picture, a picture or drawing. When you click on the object, the set of contextual tabs appear in an appropriate color accentuated in light of standard tabs.
1. Select an item in the document.
2. The name of contextual tools appears in an accented color, and the contextual tabs appear next to the set of standard tabs.
3. Contextual tabs contain commands using the selected item.
Program tabs: It replaces the standard set of tabs when you move in certain ways, including print preview.
Menus, toolbars and other familiar elements
In addition to tabs, groups and controls, Office Word 2007 uses other elements that also allow them to complete tasks. The items below are similar to menus and toolbars that you already know from earlier versions of Word.
Microsoft Office Button: The Microsoft Office Button is located in the upper left corner of the Word window. It displays the menu shown below.
Quick Access Toolbar: By default, the Quick Access Toolbar is in the upper part of the Word window. It allows quick access to the tools that you use frequently. You can customize the toolbar Quick access by adding commands.
Dialog Box Launchers: The Dialog Box Launchers are small icons that appear in some groups. If you click on a Dialog Box Launchers, a dialog box or task pane appears and offers additional options related to that group.
Adding commands to the toolbar Quick Access Toolbar
Some commands in Word 2003 are available in Office Word 2007 only from the complete list of commands from the Word Options dialog box. To use these commands in Office Word 2007, add them first to the Quick Access Toolbar, as follows:
1. Click the Microsoft Office Button, Then Word Options.
2. In the list on the left, click Customize.
3. In the dropdown Select commands in the following categories select All orders.
4. In the Customize Toolbar Quick Access select For all documents (default) or a specific document.
5. Click the command to add, then click Add.
Repeat for each command to add.
6. Click on the arrow keys Mount and Down to organize the commands in the order you want them to appear in the toolbar Quick Access.
7. Click OK.
New location commands classics
To find the location of menu commands and toolbar in Office Word 2007, open the workbook mapping Word Ribbon. The instructions on the first tab of the workbook contains tips for customizing, searching and printing data.