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The mini toolbar appears as you select and hover over text, or right click text in a document. This provides a handy font menu for changing the selected text. One of my favourite things about it is that it gets more or less transparent the further you move away from it, as if to say “you need me? oh...
4 Jun 2009
Interesting article from AP on the design process behind Windows 7, and how many of the ideas were pollinated from the Office 2007 development process. Much like the ribbon, development of the Windows 7 interface was informed through data gathered by a “Customer Experience Improvement Program” in Vista...
20 Apr 2009
Bending the Ribbon to your will…
There are some great resources to help smooth over the transition to Office 2007 and a very popular tool is the Get Started add-ins for Office: Word: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=F587370C-FDAE-4EDE-B528-AC58031A5DFF&displaylang=en Excel: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads...
16 Apr 2009
The Myth of Simplicity
It is tempting to suggest that, on average we use perhaps 10% of the functionality in Office. If we use so little, can we get by on a simpler application set for our needs? To answer this question, we rely on the Customer Experience Improvement Program and other, less automated research to gather large...
16 Apr 2009
When is the right time to deploy Office 2007?
Christmas 2005 (beta 1 of Office “12”), well at least that was the time I deployed Office 2007. But I appreciate some of you may be the risk averse type. SP1 is usually a good milestone for mainstream-ity. I had a realisation that Office 2007 had surpassed mainstream adoption over the last week. I am...
4 Nov 2008
The Command Line is dead. Long Live the Command Line!
Graphical Powershell . Mmmmmm. it almost makes the command line sexy again: Want to try it out but can't even work out Pasta Shells? Check out the Office Script Repository here
27 May 2008
Cool Download: Open XML Theme Builder
Codeplex has lots of interesting tools. Here is one I stumbled on today - This is a much easier way of making Office 2007 themes and styles than manually doing it through the Word or PowerPoint interface: The Open XML Theme Builder is a tool that helps with the creation of theme files (*.thmx...
11 May 2008
Expression Studio 2 adds Expression Encoder, Silverlight
New version of the expression tools. Cool, I know what to use when I need to get serious about cropping. Expression Studio 2 adds Expression Encoder, Silverlight What is more interesting is the subscription pack: Expression Studio® Visual Studio® Standard Office Standard Office Visio®...
2 May 2008
Search Commands goes live
Never heard of Search Commands? Its a little app from Office Labs. Now you can check it out here: Office Labs Search Commands is like a search box for Office commands. You just type the command you are looking for and it appears. (Tip, hover over the returned result to see where it usually lives) A caveat...
28 Apr 2008
5 second Tutorial: Customise the Word Ribbon with Visual Studio 2008
1. Open Visual Studio 2008 and create a Word 2007 addin 2. Add a New Item of type Ribbon (Visual Designer) to the project 3. Now you can drag and drop buttons and controls on to the Office Ribbon to your hearts content. This includes all of those funky looking controls you have been staring at in Office...
1 Jan 2008
Popfly gets some ribbon action
Very cool - the ribbon makes an appearance on the web (other than Office Online) hostmapper - Microsoft Popfly
19 Dec 2007
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