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MS Office 2010: First Impressions

Friday, August 6th, 2010 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help

Woo Hoo!

I now have Office 2010 and it’s time for me to explore… I just love that part.

What’s the first change you noticed?

OK – if you came from a version prior to the 2007 Office Suite then you had the whole “Ribbon shock” that lots of people went through the first time they had to deal with it a few years ago.

For those of you who upgraded from 2007 to 2010 what did you first notice?

I can tell you that the first thing to draw my eye was the File tab.

Once upon a time we had the File menu:


Then with Office 2007 we moved to the Office Button to accomplish pretty much the same tasks.


Now we have the File tab… what I’d basically call a cross between the two… with its own improvements beyond what we saw with 2007.


You probably expect the File tab to present options in the Ribbon format – but no, it looks a lot more like a menu of sorts.


As you can see, it gives you choices similar to what you’d expect from a File menu and if you take a few minutes to peruse it you’ll find beyond the old basic stuff that a lot of the newer things from Office 2007 are there as well.

Of course, they’re not in the same place as before but they are there… it’s just a matter of learning to navigate the new setup.

Obviously, we will spend time going through these things as time goes on but for today I’d like to look at the information presented to you in the Info choice on the File tab.

Once Info is chosen you’ll find the things that we previously had to “dig” around to find.


  • File properties are on the far right. Click on one to edit it.
  • In the middle you can access things like document protection, versions, compatibility and inspection for hidden properties. To find these simply click on the button for whatever category and you’ll find that a list will open giving you the options available.

The rest of the menu below the Info choice works pretty much the same way – click on a choice and the rest of the screen becomes your options and any other information you may need for that area.

Take some time to explore. Whether you’re coming from Office 2007 or something older this one is at least a bit different so you’ll need to take some time to acquaint yourself with the new setup.

~ April

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