You can add miniature line charts to individual cells in Excel--or just shrink the normal charts and place them on the screen anywhere you want them. And OneNote now has color coding. For graphics, the new photo-editing tools provide some simple artistic effects that you can add to images in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint--similar to Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, and Corel Paint's stock effects, but nowhere near as versatile or powerful.
Other new features include paste preview, so you can preview the page before you paste items into your document--or you could just go ahead and paste the items in, then select undo if you don't like how it looks.
In Word, there's a new drag-and-drop navigation pane, but it only works if you use the Word Styles to define headers and subheads and so forth. And you can now create videos or convert presentations to videos in PowerPoint--this one feature might be useful if MS has also upgraded the graphic size limitations. There are a few other minor features. Well, that's just great.
I hated it in Office and I still hate it. After using it for weeks and cursing it daily, I finally purchased a program from AddIn Tools that, when installed, redesigns the Ribbon bar menus back to the old Office menus. Then I created two identical spreadsheets and performed the same tasks on each, one with the Ribbon bar menus and one with the old menus. The Ribbon bar spreadsheet took almost twice as long to complete. However, since one trial test isn't really fair, I created four more spreadsheets and half a dozen Word documents, all with the same results.
The only real change worth mentioning on the Ribbon bar is its capability to customize the menus. If I am forced to use this program as a result of some job I take on, the first thing I will do is customize the entire Ribbon to resemble, as closely as possible, the drop-down menus, which were more efficient in my tests.
Simultaneous Editing Last, Microsoft and several reviews I have read all tout this new capability to perform simultaneous editing , which is nothing more than a shared document feature.
If you leave a document open on one computer, then try to open it on another shared on a network, you get the "file in use" message with options to read only, create a copy, or notify when available.
With Office , you can edit the original or allow multiple users to edit the same document simultaneously. The status bar informs you of the other users on board and the changes they are making. You can also synchronize documents on your hard drive with the originals on a server.
This not a cool function. It actually creates a lot more confusion than it's worth, especially if you have ever used Adobe Acrobat to perform these same tasks. Every time I have ever used sharing and collaboration in Acrobat, it has resulted in chaos with one user changing what another just wrote or edited causing conflict between all participants because the original is no longer available unless someone had the foresight to make a backup copy.
And the option to synchronize documents is no big deal either. Almost every program out there will synchronize files among devices, including your servers. Bottom Line So, the bottom line is this: Making corrections. Make text corrections with one simple click on the alert card. Accept Alert: Click on a suggested correction to apply the change in the text. To revert a recently applied correction, click Undo.
Ignore Alert: Dismiss the alert and remove it from the list of correction cards. Add to Dictionary: Add a word to your personal dictionary to keep it from triggering future alerts. Available only on some alert types. Learn More: Get a detailed explanation of the highlighted writing issue, and learn how you can improve your future writing.
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Microsoft Office is a worthy upgrade for businesses and individual users who need professional-level productivity apps, but it will take some time to get acclimated with the reworked interface. Users looking for bare-bones, dead-simple office software should stick with Google's and other online offerings or continue using older Office versions they have already mastered. The world has changed plenty since Microsoft introduced Office In that time, Google has become a major player, with its suite of online tools, and even Apple has made inroads with its iWork office suite, though admittedly within a smaller set of computer users. Even with the vast user base of Microsoft Office products, with new competitors in the market, Microsoft Office needed to be good. Playing catch-up and looking forward simultaneously, Microsoft tries, in Office , to remain or become the central hub of your working life, letting you use your PC, smartphone, and the Web to make your projects come together more efficiently.