Finding Word 2007 Equivalents

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 29, 2019)


When you install Word 2007 and use it for the first time, you may feel like you jumped overboard, without a life preserver, from the comfortable ship on which you were cruising. This is not unusual; Microsoft has changed just about everything in the Word interface. This can make it very difficult to find many of the commands you previously used with nary a second thought.

One thing you might find helpful is an Excel workbook that details where to find the old Word 2003 commands in Word 2007. Microsoft developed this to help ease the transition to the new software. You can find the workbook at this URL:

Download the workbook to your system, and then open it. You'll find a worksheet tab for each of the Word 2003 menus and toolbars, and each worksheet contains a list of the old commands from that menu or toolbar. To the right of these commands you'll find the way to accomplish the same task in Word 2007.

The workbook can be opened either in Excel 2003 or Excel 2007.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2019-01-30 08:49:26

Chester Hood

David in Mississippi, thanks for your diligent search.

2019-01-30 06:51:05

David in Mississippi

The link given above doesn't work.

Here (after a long search) is the correct link:

2019-01-29 11:46:42

Henry Noble

@Kathy Jo Benner
Take a look at the add-ins offered here:
This clever product allows you to switch back and forth between the menu and ribbon interface according to your need at the moment.

2019-01-29 11:46:12

Chester Hood

The link in this tip is apparently no longer valid.

2019-01-29 06:34:07

Kathy Jo Benner

Hello Allen, Thank you for all your help. Will you please provide a more direct URL for Microsoft's old Word 2003 commands in Word 2007? I do not have time to search through the over 5 million pages of support they supply at the URL given in your article above. Sincerely, kj

2014-06-02 01:03:20


This article seriously needs updating.

2007 and 2010 and 2013 use SOME, NOT all of the old shortcuts. I find it very confusing and annoying.

Here are some more resources for learning locations of commands on the ribbon.

A key point to keep in mind is that from the point of view of the “Average User”, Office 2007 and 2010 and 2013 are 99% identical. Tips specific to 2007 almost always are still valid in 2010 and 2013 apps so don’t automatically ignore tips and articles that were created for 2007 or 2010 (and even for menu versions of the tips. The underlying concepts are the same, you just have to adjust for changes to the UI from menu to ribbon!).
This next link is one of the best resources I’ve looked at for getting you into the right frame of mind for learning and using the ribbon gooey.
Stop Clicking and Exploring Excel 2007 like a Newbie - - applies to any Ribbonized app. This is an excellent booklet to get people into the right frame of mind to learn and use ANY ribbonized app.

2010 / 2007 Search Command Addon
( - The Linux answer to the ribbon, supplement menus with it’s version of the “Search Command” addon everywhere)

Office Watch Word/Excel Command Finder -
The Office watch command finders are really good tools, they actually provide a more focused result, but the path it describes is sometimes wrong. (They got all of the info from MS ...). They have also added some commands that are not on the “official” MS command list. - Word 2010 Command Finder Description - 2010 Command Finder improvements Word 2010 Command Finder Word 2007 Command Finder - Excel 2007 Command Finder

You can add the link to OWW Command Finder tool to the Word QAT using this macro:
Public Sub command_finder()
‘ Ed Weber
‘ Call the Office Watch Command List applet
‘ Equivalent to the Search Tab addon

ActiveDocument.FollowHyperlink _
Address:=””, _
NewWindow:=True, AddHistory:=False
End Sub

This is the macro you need for Excel
Private Declare Function ShellExecute Lib “shell32.dll” Alias “ShellExecuteA” _
(ByVal hwnd As Long, ByVal lpOperation As String, ByVal lpFile As String, ByVal _
lpParameters As String, ByVal lpDirectory As String, ByVal nShowCmd As Long) As Long
Sub command_finder_2007()
‘ Launches a webpage.

Dim strURL As String
strURL = “”
‘Navigate to the address...
On Error Resume Next
ShellExecute 0&, vbNullString, strURL, vbNullString, vbNullString, 3 ‘SW_SHOWNORMAL

End Sub

I just watched the video on this page:

It’s just under 1.5 hours. I found it quite informative. It explains a lot of the (ir)rational behind the Ribbon design, including the name by the Manager in charge of it’s development (not that I agree with it all...). The slides download just don’t tell the story.

Download a free screensaver from MS that presents short video tips. New tips constantly downloaded from a MS RSS feed.
Good site, lots of good tips. Their newsletter is worth signing up for.

Map 2003 menu to 2007 Ribbon Flash Applets, spreadsheets -
Map 2003 menu to 2010 Ribbon Silverlight applets and spreadsheets- – Another way of finding “lost” commands

2007/2010 Getting Started Tab addin Download

The optional “Get Started” addin also has a button to the “Interactive Word 2003 to Word 2007 Command Reference Guide”, but this button activates an internet link to the MS website. Personally, I prefer using the downloaded flash applet. Note: I have had problems trying to run the online version on FireFox, it worked fine in IE.

This download adds a Get Started tab to the end of the Word 2007 Ribbon. Commands on this tab give you easy access to free content on Office Online, such as training courses, video demos, and other Office Online content designed to help you learn Word 2007 quickly. An Office Online interactive command mapping tool, also available on the Get Started tab, shows you where to find Word 2003 buttons and commands are in Word 2007. Office Online Community discussions are also available directly from Word with this add-in.

Office 2010 Getting Started resources downloads page- Articles, interactive guides and guidance to help you be more productive with Office 2010 more quickly. -

Ribbon Hero - A learning game that guides you through various Office features.
Ribbon Hero 2: Clippy’s Second Chance - New version of the learning game.

2010 Migration Guides -

3 ways to learn the Office 2010 ribbon
10+ ways to help your users transition to Word 2007
10+ ways to train your users on Office 2007 for free

I have not recently checked these addins
MENU TAB ADDINS - menu addin 2007 only, free trial - I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks good. It allows drag and drop customization of the menu and toolbars. (free fro private use or 0.65 Eur per user & per language!!!) – a review of UBitMenu – Classic Menu for Office 2007 ($30) - a COM add-in that displays the classic menus and toolbars in Microsoft® Excel® ,Microsoft® Word and Microsoft® PowerPoint® (Office 2007 and 2010). - Indelible Ink Word Menu addin – Ribbon Customizer for Office 2007 ($40) Customizing the Office 2007 user interface. Info about 2 purchased addins, Ribbon Customizer™ and ToolbarToggle™ add-ins for Office 2007. They also have limited functionality trial versions - A powerful and easy-to-use add-in for showing the classic menus and toolbars of Microsoft Office 2003 on Ribbon of Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010. - Free version of 2003 menu addin. There are several different install options, quite cool. Installed cleanly on my admin ID, but not in my user ID. Installs a template in the C:usersUSERIDAppDataRoamingMicrosoftWordSTARTUP folder. is the 2003 menu alone. is the 2003 menu with the standard toolbar. WordMenusTB is the vertical orientated 2003 menu. It looks like this - Saavvii for Microsoft Word 2000, free to try - ToolbarToggle ($20) - 2 modes, full toggle replacement for Ribbon or Adds new tab to ribbon. Allows customization of menu portion, adding macros using right click “customize togglebar” feature, not Word customize. I haven’t tried it, but if it lives up to propaganda it looks best yet. 5 day free trial.

2014-04-10 11:53:05


I don't need support for my Word 2003: I have all my Allen Wyatt e-books, and the searchable tips archives. What I do need is the ability to continue using my hundreds of customized macros without weeks and months spent in conversion, and the ability to see what I expect in the place where I expect it. Limited vision comes in many varieties, and Microsoft's accessibility tools accommodate only the extremes. Touch typing, macros, and a consistent on-screen interface are what work for me. I do NOT want the depth of my experience negated by drastic interface changes. Luckily, I work from home and so have the choice.

2014-04-10 07:50:00


MRossMac: just upgrade -- you are using 11+ year old software (and as of two days ago, MS won't support it any more)! There's a learning curve, but you can't get over it until you start using it, and once you do you will be faster than before.

As far as keyboard shortcuts are concerned, many (all?) of the legacy keyboard shortcuts will still work. Learning new ones is really easy as well! When you hover your mouse over any command in the ribbon, the tool tip displays a description of the action as well as the keyboard shortcut. When you press and release Alt, you get labels for the "hot keys" of all the ribbon items.

All else fails, you can always type "Word keyboard shortcuts" into your favorite browser.

2014-04-10 07:25:04


What a shame they didn't add one more column, to list the keyboard shortcuts ... or even those that differ from the shortcuts built into Word 2003. Almost everything I do in W2003 is via shortcuts rather than mouseclicks; and it's fear of losing all that which is holding me back from an "upgrade" rather than changes in the visual interface.

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