We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Microsoft Office 2007 add-on ditches Ribbon

Free trial for tool that brings back classic menus

A Chinese developer is turning back the clock with an add-on to Microsoft's Office 2007 that returns traditional menus to the suite's applications.

Addintools in Hai Nan, China, sells Classic Menu for Office 2007 as an add-on for users leery of Microsoft's new interface and its ‘Ribbon’. The Ribbon, a major departure from earlier Office application interfaces, groups commands by tasks rather than by hierarchical menus. When the new look was unveiled more than a year ago, many users balked at the idea of walking away from long-learned habits.

The $29.95 (£16) Classic Menu for Office 2007 displays a 2003-esque main menu bar, standard toolbar and formatting toolbar in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. All commands, including those new to Office 2007, are included in the menus. Users can also add the menu and toolbars to the Office 2007 Quick Access Toolbar - a top-of-the-window section for placing often-used commands. The add-on supports all major languages, including English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, and Italian.

Classic Menu for Office 2007 can be downloaded from the Addintools site in versions for Windows XP or Vista. A free trial is also available.

See PC Advisor's Office 2007 review.

www.computerworld.com


IDG UK Sites

Nexus 6 vs Sony Xperia Z3 comparison: Lollipop phablet takes on KitKat flagship smartphone

IDG UK Sites

Why people aren't upgrading to iOS 8: new features are for power users, not the average Joe

IDG UK Sites

Free rocket & space sounds: NASA launches archive of interstellar audio on SoundCloud

IDG UK Sites

iPad Air 2 review: Insanely fast and alarmingly thin. Speed tests, camera tests, beautiful...