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    Can I make office 2010 display the old 2003 menu instead of the ribbon interface?

    Hi
    I'm doing an IT course at college and I've purchased Office 2010 so I can continue working at home.
    The problem is that the college hasn't updated it's software yet and is using the older (2003 I think) version of office software.I'm finding it very time consuming trying to work out where everything has been moved to .
    Is there a way I can make Office 2010 display the older menu of 2003 instead of the ribbon interface ?
    TIA

    16 Comments

    I'll swap you my 2003 disc for your 2010.

    Thats the reason I've not moved to office 2010.

    Why don't they learn 'if it's not broke don't fix it'

    I can understand the need to have updates and even new software but why mess with one of the most used business software packages and make it so bloody difficult to get around.

    I'm on my phone so can't check my favs for the file but there is a PDF file on the net that shows you where things have moved to.

    Try this bit of software, you can have it so it only shows the menu ribbon then the rest is the classic menus, good bit of software if your used to office 2003


    Edited by: "robc11" 3rd Feb 2011

    lol the ribbon is far better. Just give yourself 10 minutes to become used to it.

    robc11

    Try this bit of software, you can have it so it only shows the menu … Try this bit of software, you can have it so it only shows the menu ribbon then the rest is the classic menus, good bit of software if your used to office 2003


    Or use this free alternative

    matt3454

    lol the ribbon is far better. Just give yourself 10 minutes to become … lol the ribbon is far better. Just give yourself 10 minutes to become used to it.



    Have to agree, we have a few machines at work with 2010, and at first it was a right pain when you wanted to do something quickly but didn't know where all the right options were!

    Give yourself half an hour or so to fully check it out and I now realy like it. Looking at upgrading my home PC to 2010.

    NotMyRealName

    Why don't they learn 'if it's not broke don't fix it'I can understand the … Why don't they learn 'if it's not broke don't fix it'I can understand the need to have updates and even new software but why mess with one of the most used business software packages and make it so bloody difficult to get around.



    But it was broke.

    Word and Excel and other Office producst had so many options and so many menus people could not find things.

    Now the ribbon lays things out much clearer and more logical.

    As has been said, once you use the ribbon for a while you soon get used to it.

    Banned

    It's all been downhill since 2003.

    master_chief

    It's all been downhill since 2003.



    Have to agree with this! New job has office 2010 and I am finding the ribbon a right pain currently, luckily I'm so sad that I remembered a lot of the ALT key combinations from 2003 and earlier so can carry on using them.

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    master_chief

    It's all been downhill since 2003.



    Couldn't disagree more. Office 2010 is a great piece of software, and the ribbon make sense and works well.

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    vibeone

    Couldn't disagree more. Office 2010 is a great piece of software, and the … Couldn't disagree more. Office 2010 is a great piece of software, and the ribbon make sense and works well.



    I hate the change. Menu bars should be consistent, Apple nailed it early doors with that.

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    master_chief

    I hate the change. Menu bars should be consistent, Apple nailed it early … I hate the change. Menu bars should be consistent, Apple nailed it early doors with that.



    Great for small apps - agree the ribbon shouldn't be used for the sake of it on things like paint and wordpad, but on apps like office, the menu is just not fit for purpose, too many options.

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    vibeone

    Great for small apps - agree the ribbon shouldn't be used for the sake of … Great for small apps - agree the ribbon shouldn't be used for the sake of it on things like paint and wordpad, but on apps like office, the menu is just not fit for purpose, too many options.



    But there are the same amount of options in 2007/10, they're just in a different place and taking up more space and looks far more cluttered. It's a change for change sakes, they had really pushed the boundaries on what they could do and justify new full price updates so they made a big design change. I guarantee you won't be working any faster in 2010 than I am in 2003.

    Original Poster

    Thank you all for all your help.I'll have a look at all the things you suggested.
    I was hoping there was just a simple 'change to classic menu' option that I'd missed but alas it was not to be :-(
    I will try to get used to the new ribbon in the future but its just that I need to get on with some coursework quickly and its holding me up.
    Thanks again all.

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    master_chief

    But there are the same amount of options in 2007/10, they're just in a … But there are the same amount of options in 2007/10, they're just in a different place and taking up more space and looks far more cluttered. It's a change for change sakes, they had really pushed the boundaries on what they could do and justify new full price updates so they made a big design change. I guarantee you won't be working any faster in 2010 than I am in 2003.



    You've missed my point I think. 2003 was too cluttered, the menus too full, too many submenus etc etc. The ribbon is better than the menu in 2003. In my opinion.
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