I've written in the past about the approach we took to organizing options in Office 2007, including a misguided detour in creating an "expert mode."
Today I want to start a discussion of some of the options available in Word 2007 by sharing those settings you'll see on the first page as soon as you open Word Options.
The Options dialog boxes of each program have been reorganized and redesigned; they have a list of sections along the left side and the whole dialog box is resizable (as really most UI should be here in the 21st century.)
The first section of Options is called "Popular" and it contains the list of settings we think people are most likely to want to tweak. We know that although most people don't change options, to the extent that they do, user interface tweaks are the most popular kind of option to change. So we've organized the user interface options together into one section right at the top.
Word 2007 Options (click to enlarge)
Here are the Word options and what they do:
Except for the Reading View option (which is Word-specific), each of these settings are available in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and the Outlook editor.