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The new toolbar scheme is far less intuitive and, being a keyboard-oriented user, I find it much more difficult. I was unfortunate to have to be the first one to get it at work since we had to at least test our Excel import/export modules under Excel 2007/Vista on a machine somewhere...
Well after having the same functions in the same places for how many years it made perfect sense to reorganize every single menu item so that it's a challenge to even print a file - try going back and forth between versions every day if you want to go nuts.
Oh and by the way - watch out for saving/sharing files with other users because it defaults to the new file extension as well which the majority of users won't be able to open.
Thank you Microsoft!
It's making me seriously consider switching to Open Office
It did make me switch to Open Office. We have Office '07 at work, and after a year I still have to hunt around just to remember how to print what's on the freakin' screen. So at home, when I did a Java update and it suggested I try Open Office, I tried it, liked it, and never spent the money on Office '07 for home use. IMO Open Office offers more tools in more useful ways, and it it completely compatible with Office and WordPerfect.
In my opinion, the pinnacle of word processing was somewhere around Word Perfect 5.1 for DOS or perhaps some of the early versions of Word Perfect for Windows (before Corel took over that product).
Most word processing software that came along after that is just full of bloat and complexity.
I now use Word (2003) because it has become a de facto standard. But I find Word a big pain in the a... sometimes. It can act like a big, fat, bloated, complex monster. The darn thing has a mind of its own, and sometimes it just won't do what I want to do.
I just got ms2007 and yes, I felt like a kindergartener again! That being said, I am beginning to get used to it and do like some of the features even better. Once I discovered the Quick Access Toolbar, that made a big difference. Now I can put just the commands I use the most there. Access has been the biggest challenge for me.
I like how you can see immediately the font and size changes in word. I like how when highlighting a column of numbers in Excel, you can see the total and average on the bottom right hand corner immediately.
AFter a couple of weeks, I think I've progressed to 3rd grade!
So....I do think I'll end up liking it even better after time. Accepting change is the biggest hurdle of all. Well, at least for me!
As a side note, there is a free program you can download called ASAP Utilities. It's a very cool program that does tons of formatting tricks like highlighting every other row, or removing text from cells, or removing #'s from cells, adding something to the beginning or end of a selection of cells. Anyway, it's pretty cool.