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Interactive Office Guide

Friday, May 28th, 2010 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help

Are you still finding it difficult to locate things in the newest Office programs – you know, all the things that were so easily at your fingertips and are now “lost” somewhere on the Ribbon?

Well I ran across something the other day that just may help you to complete the transition from the menus to the Ribbon.

I was on Microsoft’s sight and stumbled across a wonderful way to find those things you still seem to be missing.

The first step is to get there so we’re off to


A little ways down the page you’ll see the section of guide choices, select the program you need to explore. (As you can see, you can choose to run it online or download the guide to use it anytime with or without an Internet connection.)

From there you’ll be connected to an interactive command reference guide.

Now I know that when I saw that title my mind settled upon a picture of a table full of this is located here type information.

Much to my delight that’s not what I found.

After choosing a program you’ll be directed to the correct page where you can click “Start the guide“.

You’ll immediately be taken to a new location where, once you click the Start button, you’ll see this.


Look familiar?

Yeah – that’s right; it’s the old 2003 look of the program. So now you should feel like you’re on solid ground.

Here’s how it works.

You treat the program window just like it was real; go into menus, click buttons, basically go to the items that you still haven’t located in your new program version.


As you can see, once you click a command / button, the 2007 Ribbon version comes up where it will show you the specific location of your choice.


Need to locate something else? No problem, click anywhere and it will reset to the 2003 image.

If you simply hover over a command you’ll get a description of its new location and click it to see how to get there. (Shown above in the yellow box under the Organization Chart command.)

I’d say that this one is a very efficient and immediate way to locate something that you still can’t find anytime day or night.


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