January 11, 2007
New Thing Two: The Office Button

One of the big changes in Office 2007 is the disappearance of the File menu. In the past, this menu has consistently contained New, Open, Save, Save as..., Print, Page Setup and other important commands for manipulating your document. Outlook 2007 does retain a traditional File menu. However, in Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, this menu has been replaced with the Office button.


The Office button is consistent between applications and contains New, Open, Save, Save as, Print, Prepare, Send, Publish, and Close. It also contains your list of most recently opened documents and separate buttons for Options (which include things like formatting and display options).


Office Button Drop-down Menu

Save as not only allows you to save to another file name, but to older Word formats, to a PDF file, to a template, etc. Print gives you the option to set options, then print, to send directly to the printer, and to preview before printing. Prepare, Send, and Publish provide options for finalizing and distributing your document, spreadsheet, or presentation.

Posted by dcoates at January 11, 2007 11:59 AM
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