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MS Office 2010: Still Having Trouble Locating Things on the Ribbon?

Monday, May 23rd, 2011 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, Uncategorized

If you’ve recently switched from a menu-driven version of Office to Office 2010, then you may still be trying to adjust to the Ribbon.

I have found that for most people “adjusting to the Ribbon” means locating the items they frequently used in the menus.

During the course of an Office tip I’ll end up pointing out the new location of something, but what if you need to know right now?

Microsoft has put help for this situation out there.

One way they helped was the interactive guides that was discussed in a previous article.

Today I’d like to give you another option for finding your missing commands.

Microsoft has also created Office 2010 menu to ribbon reference workbooks that are free to download from their site.

When you go to the site you’ll see a reference workbook for any program you may need.

After you download and open the reference workbook of your choice you’ll be looking at something like this:

Notice that the tabs are labeled with the old menu names.

Choosing a menu will display a list of the commands that were found on the menu along with it’s new location in Office 2010.

Beyond the menu tabs you’ll find tabs for various toolbars – including things beyond the Standard toolbar such as the AutoText and WordArt toolbars.

In essence, it’s a highly organized quick reference that you can access very easily once you’ve downloaded and saved the file.

If you’re still “menu minded”, then this should really be a help since it’s designed and organized from that perspective to help ease your transition to Office 2010.

~ April

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5 Responses to “MS Office 2010: Still Having Trouble Locating Things on the Ribbon?”

  1. Mark says:

    Unless I am really in a hurry to find something I like to hunt around, you find lots of other useful stuff that way; especially stuff that wasn’t in them menus.


  2. WhiteBird says:

    Awsome! I’ve been lookng for something like this ever since I graduated to Office 2007.
    There are several commands & functions that are not available via the ribbon bar (i.e.: direct access to Print Preview, E-Mail File as an Attachment). In order to have access to those commands you have find them in “tools” and add them to your customizable “Quick Access” bar (typically located above the ribbon bar).

  3. Robert Wurzburg says:

    Without this I’d be kinda lost in 2010. As always, April you’re the absolute
    Microsoft Office “Guru” and indespensible to this newsletter. Thank you!!!

  4. Daniel says:

    Instead of trying to expalin the difficult to use microsoft product, why not suggest a much more “user-friendly” program, Corel’s WordPerfect. Even the upgraded versions contine to use previous names so that following the new program is no more difficult than using the previous version one you just updated.

  5. XRumerTest says:

    Hello. And Bye.

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