Transitioning to the Ribbon Interface

Although the new layout is a big change for some long-time Word users, the ribbon interface is actually rather user-friendly. Accessing menus is a breeze with tabs of the ribbon, since you can work with a tab constantly displayed. Learn how to adjust to the ribbon interface and find old tools in new locations with the following articles.

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   Changing the Default Document Format
If you donít want Word to store documents using its default document format, it is an easy task to specify a different format. Follow the steps in this tip, and you will be saving in different formats in no time.

   Converting Files to Word 2007 Format
Have a bunch of documents in the old Word 2003 file format? Here are some techniques you can use to get them all updated to the newer Word format.

   Displaying the Full Ribbon
The ribbon, displayed at the top of the Word window, is very handy with all the tools it allows you to access, but it can really take up a lot of screen space. Word allows you to hide a portion of the ribbon, but once hidden it can be confusing on how you get the entire ribbon back again. Here's how it all works.

   Finding Word 2007 Equivalents
The user interface in Word 2007 is dramatically different than in previous versions of Word. This means that it can be difficult to locate all the commands that you previously knew how to find. This tip provides information on a helpful Excel workbook you can use to help with the transition to Word 2007.

   Searching for Documents
When switching from one version of Word to another it can be confusing to figure out where all the commands and features are located in the new version. Nowhere is this more evident than when people upgrade to Word 2007. This tip examines how you search for documents in different versions of Word, including Word 2007.

   What Happened to the Options Dialog Box?
Those familiar with menu-based versions of Word may wonder where the ubiquitous Options dialog box went to in the ribbon-based versions. Short answer: Microsoft sort of got rid of it.

   Why Should I Upgrade?
As new versions of software are released, users are perpetually faced with the decision of whether to upgrade their software or not. Here are some ideas about whether you should upgrade your version of Word or not.

   Word 2007 Documents Unreadable in Earlier Word Versions
Some people report that even if they save a Word 2007 document in a format suitable for earlier versions of Word, the document file contains XML instead of information that can be used by the earlier versions. This tip discusses this problem and suggests a possible workaround if you encounter the issue.

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