Finding Word 2007 Equivalents

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 10, 2014)

4

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:

http://office.microsoft.com/search/redir.aspx?AssetID=AM101938681033&CTT=5&Origin=HA100625841033

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.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (421) applies to Microsoft Word 2007.

Author Bio

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. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Jumping Around Folders

When you open a workbook in Excel, the Open dialog box always starts within the folder in which you were last working. You ...

Discover More

Allowing Passive Voice in Writing

When you have Word do grammar-checking on your document, it typically marks everything it considers wrong with the way you ...

Discover More

Displaying Document Comments

Adding comments to a document is a normal activity when writing and editing. Once comments have been added, you may wonder ...

Discover More

Do More in Less Time! Are you ready to harness the full power of Word 2013 to create professional documents? In this comprehensive guide you'll learn the skills and techniques for efficiently building the documents you need for your professional and your personal life. Check out Word 2013 In Depth today!

More WordTips (ribbon)

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 ...

Discover More

Why Should I Upgrade?

As new versions of software are released, users are perpetually faced with the decision of whether to upgrade their software ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is two more than 4?

2014-06-02 01:03:20

Ron MVP

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 - http://www.scribd.com/doc/29093109/Stop-Clicking-Exploring-Excel-Ribbon-Like-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 www.officelabs.com/projects/searchcommands/Pages/default.aspx
(http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/939/ - 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.

http://office-watch.com/t/n.aspx?a=1558 - Word 2010 Command Finder Description

http://office-watch.com/t/n.aspx?a=1569&z=0 - 2010 Command Finder improvements

http://office-watch.com/commandlist/Word_2010.aspx Word 2010 Command Finder

http://office-watch.com/commandlist/Word_2007.aspx Word 2007 Command Finder

http://office-watch.com/commandlist/Excel_2007.aspx - 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:=” http://office-watch.com/commandlist/Word_2010.aspx”, _
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 = “http://office-watch.com/commandlist/Excel_2007.aspx”
‘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:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jensenh/archive/2008/03/12/the-story-of-the-ribbon.aspx

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 - https://office.microsoft.com/en-us/support/guides-to-the-ribbon-use-office-2003-menus-to-learn-the-office-2007-user-interface-HA010229584.aspx
http://www.worldstart.com/ms-office-2010-still-having-trouble-locating-things-on-the-ribbon/comment-page-1/#comment-26505
Map 2003 menu to 2010 Ribbon Silverlight applets and spreadsheets- https://office.microsoft.com/en-us/support/learn-where-menu-and-toolbar-commands-are-in-office-2010-and-related-products-HA101794130.aspx?CTT=3 – 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.

https://office.microsoft.com/en-us/training/download-help-to-get-started-with-office-2007-HA010214685.aspx?pid=CL100788241033

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. - http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=17339

Ribbon Hero - http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/be-ribbon-hero-and-have-fun-doing-it-HA010390372.aspx A learning game that guides you through various Office features.
Ribbon Hero 2: Clippy’s Second Chance - http://www.ribbonhero.com/news.html New version of the learning game.

2010 Migration Guides - https://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/office-2010-migration-guides-HA101982272.aspx

3 ways to learn the Office 2010 ribbon http://blogs.office.com/b/office-education/archive/2011/01/10/3-ways-to-learn-the-Office-2010-ribbon.aspx
10+ ways to help your users transition to Word 2007 http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=407
10+ ways to train your users on Office 2007 for free http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/msoffice/?p=144


I have not recently checked these addins
MENU TAB ADDINS
http://www.addintools.com/english/menuword/default.htm - menu addin 2007 only, free trial


http://toolbartoggle.com/ - I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks good. It allows drag and drop customization of the menu and toolbars.

http://www.ubit.ch/software/ubitmenu-languages/ (free fro private use or 0.65 Eur per user & per language!!!)


http://news.office-watch.com/t/n.aspx?articleid=799&zoneid=12 – a review of UBitMenu

http://software.techrepublic.com.com/abstract.aspx?docid=862867&promo=100511 – Classic Menu for Office 2007 ($30)

http://www.addictivetips.com/microsoft-office/add-classic-menu-in-office-2010/

http://pschmid.net/office2007/customize/

http://download.cnet.com/Classic-Menu-for-Office-2007/3000-18483_4-10637184.html

http://www.obutilities.com/classicmenu/ - a COM add-in that displays the classic menus and toolbars in Microsoft® Excel® ,Microsoft® Word and Microsoft® PowerPoint® (Office 2007 and 2010).

http://www.indelibleink.com/WordMenu.html - Indelible Ink Word Menu addin

http://software.techrepublic.com.com/abstract.aspx?docid=847883&promo=100511 – Ribbon Customizer for Office 2007 ($40)

http://word.mvps.org/FAQs/Customization/CustomizeRibbon.htm 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

http://accmsoft.com/office-2007/classic-style-menus-toolbars/ - 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.

http://www.indelibleink.com/WordMenu.html - 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. WordMenus.dot is the 2003 menu alone. WordMenu.dot is the 2003 menu with the standard toolbar. WordMenusTB is the vertical orientated 2003 menu. It looks like this

http://software.techrepublic.com.com/abstract.aspx?docid=927295 - Saavvii for Microsoft Word 2000, free to try

http://www.toolbartoggle.com/Contact.aspx - 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

GundegaKorsts

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

Bryan

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

MRossMac

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.


This Site

Got a version of Word that uses the ribbon interface (Word 2007 or later)? This site is for you! If you use an earlier version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the menu interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.