Transition to the Office ribbon

The ribbon, introduced in Office 2007, and now incorporated into all Office 2010 programs, can be a little tricky to get used to. To help you become better acquainted with the ribbon, we’ve put together a collection of resources — so you can quickly locate commands, use keyboard shortcuts, and customize your own ribbon.

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Find Commands in Office 2010 | Office 2007

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Interactive guides for Office 2010
Use your knowledge of the old menus to find where things have moved in 2010. Simulations of the menu programs show you the new locations of commonly used commands.
See all guides and learn more >

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Word 2010 interactive guide
Comprehensive reference for Office 2010
Comprehensive list of old to new commands. All lists are in Excel workbook format.
See all Office 2010 reference workbooks >

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Word menu-to-ribbon reference
Search Commands add-in for Office 2010
Download and install this one add-in to enable a custom Search tab in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Type commands in your own words and see how to do the task on the ribbon.
Download now >

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Search Commands add-in for Office 2010
Free online training for Office 2010
Make the switch to the ribbon in Office 2010. Watch and learn with self-paced training and see how to do common tasks using the ribbon.
Find all Office training >

Click a product below to start the course:
Word 2010 online training
Printable migration guides for Office 2010
Get answers to common questions about making the transition to Office 2010 programs. Click a product below to open the guide as a PDF file in Adobe Reader. You can view the guide, print it out, or save it for later use.
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Printable migration guides
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notch Comprehensive Reference
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notch Online Training
notch Help Where You Need It
Interactive guides for Office 2007
Use your knowledge of the old menus to find where things have moved in 2007. Simulations of the menu programs show you the new locations of commonly used commands.
See all guides and learn more >

Click a product to start a guide:
Word 2007 interactive guide
Comprehensive reference for Office 2007
Comprehensive list of old to new commands. All lists are in Excel workbook format.
See all Office 2007 reference workbooks >

Click a product to view a workbook now:
Comprehensive reference for Excel 2007
Search Commands add-in for Office 2007
Download and install this one add-in to enable a custom Search tab in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Type commands in your own words and see how to do the task on the ribbon.
Download now >

Click a product to learn more:
Search Commands add-in for Office 2007
Free online training for Office 2007
Make the switch to the ribbon in Office 2007. Self-paced training shows you how to do common tasks using the ribbon.
Take the Get Up Speed with Office 2007 training >

Click a product below to start the training:
Word 2007 online training
Microsoft Office 2007 Help tab
The Help tab provides easy access to interactive command finders and online help for people who are new to Office 2007. Download and install this one add-in to enable a Help tab in Word 2007, Excel 2007, and PowerPoint 2007.

Download now

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Word 2007 Help tab add-in

Use Keyboard Shortcuts in Office 2010 | Office 2007

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Find keyboard commands in Office 2010
Keyboard shortcuts that begin with CTRL will still work in 2010. For example, CTRL+C still copies to the clipboard, and CTRL+V still pastes from the clipboard.

Most of the old ALT+ menu shortcuts still work too. However, you need to know the full shortcut from memory — there are no screen reminders of what letters to press.

To find a list of common keyboard shortcuts for a particular product, click its icon below:
Table of keyboard shortcuts
Free online training for Office 2010
Watch and learn how keyboard shortcuts have changed.
Click a product to start the training:
Office 2010 online training
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Find keyboard commands in Office 2007
Keyboard shortcuts that begin with CTRL will still work in 2007. For example, CTRL+C still copies to the clipboard, and CTRL+V still pastes from the clipboard.

Most of the old ALT+ menu shortcuts still work too. However, you need to know the full shortcut from memory — there are no screen reminders of what letters to press.

To find a list of common keyboard shortcuts for a particular product, click its icon below:
Table of keyboard shortcuts
Free online training for Office 2007
Take a short, comprehensive course and quickly learn how keyboard shortcuts have changed.
Start the training course:
Office 2007 online training

Customize Office 2010 | Office 2007

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Get easy access to any command in Office 2010
Customize the Quick Access Toolbar and make your own favorite commands always within reach, regardless of which ribbon tab is displayed.
Video: Add commands to the Quick Access Toolbar >
Article: Customize the Quick Access Toolbar in Office 2010 programs >

Quick Access Toolbar video
See how this blogger explains the Quick Access Toolbar >
Quick Access Toolbar
Customize the Office 2010 ribbon
In Office 2010 programs, you can customize the ribbon to make it the way that you want it. You can change default tabs and you can create custom tabs and groups to contain your frequently used commands.
Read a detailed article >
See how to do it in Word 2010 >
Customize the ribbon in Office 2010 programs
Customize keyboard shortcuts in Word 2010
You can customize keyboard shortcuts by assigning keyboard shortcuts (or shortcut keys) to a command, macro, font, style, or frequently used symbol. You can also remove keyboard shortcuts.
Customize keyboard shortcuts in Word 2010 >
Customize keyboard shortcuts in Word
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Get easy access to any command in Office 2007
Customize the Quick Access Toolbar and make your own favorite commands always within reach, regardless of which ribbon tab is displayed.
Video: Add commands to the Quick Access Toolbar >
Article: Customize the Quick Access Toolbar in Office 2007 >

Quick Access Toolbar video
See how this blogger explains the Quick Access Toolbar >
Quick Access Toolbar
Customize the Office 2007 ribbon
In all 2007 Microsoft Office programs that include the ribbon, you use Extensible Markup Language (XML) to customize the ribbon.
Read about how to customize the ribbon in Access >
Learn more about ribbon customization using XML.
Visit the Microsoft Developer Network website >
XML for ribbon
Customize keyboard shortcuts in Word 2007
In Word 2007, you can customize keyboard shortcuts by assigning keyboard shortcuts (or shortcut keys) to a command, macro, font, style, or commonly used symbol. You can also remove keyboard shortcuts.
Customize keyboard shortcuts in Word 2007 >
Customize keyboard shortcuts in Word

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