Your link proves my point: WE want the old FILE menu and STANDARD and FORMATTING toolbars back.
The guide clearly illustrates how so many of the features regularly used were easily and quickly availalbe from those two toolbars and the drop down File menu.
In the guides, mousing over any of the choices shows which tabs we must first access before we can implement it. In 2003, as aptly demonstrated in the "Interactive Guides," nearly everything I wanted or needed to use was right out in the open, easy to find,
and without having to explore. What I could not see readily, was readily available via the File menu drop downs.
It would be prudent to make available the option to reveal the old FILE menu and STANDARD and FORMATTING toolbars. You do know, don't you, that the Macintosh (Apple) version of this DOES have the option to show the above.
Please listen to your users, and please heed our feedback, and please feel our great frustration.
It is not a question of just learning something new. Why throw out the good options when introducing good new options.
Some people advocate "change" without considering the interim effects of transition. In this case, there was no transition, just a dumping of an evolved and clean and effective interface for something pretty and cumbersome and space consuming.
The really sad thing here, is there are SO MANY GREAT enhancements with Office 2011.
Make the compromise--make available the option to reveal the old FILE menu and STANDARD and FORMATTING toolbars.
Can't we all just get along? ;-)
BTW--I taught community college for a few years, both as adjunct and full-time facutly (Associate Professor). I frequently taught Microsoft Applications, and I can assure you, as a teacher, Office 2003, XP, etc, was far more intuitive and teachable.
Did I mention: Please listen to your users, and please heed our feedback, and please feel our great frustration?
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