CyberTech Rambler

October 30, 2006

Microsoft Office 2007 learning curve

Filed under: Uncategorized — ctrambler @ 7:04 pm

Mike Wendland opine that Office 2007 (Re)Learning Curve is steep. However, he says that once you get used to it, you will be enjoying a more powerful program.

I had tried to use Office 2007 beta for one or two documents. My “relearning” experience shows that for routine, day-to-day activity such as changing fonts, paragraph information (heading/paragraph/list), the new “ribbon”-based system is indeed easier. Compared to toolbars, it is certainly easier to find the button and hit it. More people will be encouraged to change the look-and-feel of number/bullet list and cosmetic layout as these function are more prominently displayed.

Unfortunately, if one go a step further, such as trying to create a Table of Content, footer and header, I find Office 2007 very frustrating. Take Table of Content for example, everytime I need to find it, I have to browse through a few ribbons before I could locate it. Initially I thought it is part of the re-learning curve. However, after searching fot it 30 times I should had learned it but I didn’t.

Is it a steep learning curve? I am not sure. I think it all depends on what you want to do. Simpler tasks are definitely easier and we have more visual feedback, which is good. More complex task? I don’t know. All I can say is the majority of the time, people, including me, don’t even use the more complex, but mundane task like creating/updating the “Table of Content”.


1 Comment »

  1. With the new Office (the 2007) design, look & feel, Microsoft have made a giant leap. True that it takes time to get use to the new ribbon and to get around quickly.. But once you are familiar with it, you rock!

    We do a lot of researches on the web, and using Excel macros,
    we have improved our research speed in 30%. That huge!!

    Using OneNote have improved our research information control (nothing get lost now) and with the sharing files abilities, now everyone can contribute to the project.

    So to summary it all, we are more then happy with the tools that comes in the Office 2007.
    We looking forward to the new one… 😉

    With the SP2 support for open source files,
    our CRM improved since we don’t have to “fight”
    with our clients anymore 🙂

    The 2007 was a great investment with benefits to us.

    Comment by Amit | Web Design — May 18, 2009 @ 10:16 am | Reply

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