What and where is the Microsoft Office Button?

The user interface has been significantly redesigned in the following 2007 Microsoft Office system programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook (in the composing and reading windows). The Office Button Button image replaces the File menu.

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Where is the Office Button located?

The Office Button Button image is located in the upper-left corner of the following 2007 Microsoft Office system programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook (in the composing and reading windows).

Arrow pointing to the Microsoft Office Button

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What do I see when I click the Office Button?

When you click the Office Button Button image, you see the same basic commands available on the File menu in earlier releases of Microsoft Office to open, save, and print your file.

Microsoft Office Button with menu open

However, in the 2007 Office release, more commands are now available, such as Finish and Publish. For example, in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint by pointing to Finish, and then clicking Inspect Document, you can check a file for hidden metadata or personal information.

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Where is the Options command?

After you click the Office Button Button image, you can also see the new location where you can set your preferences. The Options command that was on the Tools menu has been moved to be under the Office Button Button image. The new location for the Options command is in the lower-right corner under Word Options, Excel Options, PowerPoint Options, or Access Options. The following shows the location in Microsoft Office Excel 2007.Excel Options button.

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Why does the Office Button blink?

The Office Button Button image should only blink when you have not clicked the button to view the commands. The blinking is a "look at me/click here" feature, because many people think that the button looks like a decorative logo, rather than a button to click to see commands. If you click the Office Button Button image one time, it should stop blinking.

At this time, there is no way to turn off the blinking.

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How do I customize the list of recently used files?

Many Microsoft Office programs display the last few files you opened in that program. You can use the links on this list to quickly access files. For more information about how this feature is turned on, turned off, or to adjust the number of files that it displays, see Customize the list of recently used files.

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When do I see the Office Button in Outlook?

In Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 when you read or create a message, task, contact, or calendar item, you see the new Office Button Button image.

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Applies to:
Access 2007, Excel 2007, Outlook 2007, PowerPoint 2007, Word 2007