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Excel 2002/2003 vs. 2007 Differences-Part 1 Toolbar Help

Updated on March 15, 2015
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Amelia has over 25 yrs of experience in the IT, Training and Education, and eLearning industry.

This article is the first in a series of articles which explores the differences in Microsoft Excel 2002/2003 and 2007. Microsoft Office 2002 (XP version) and Microsoft Office 2003 are very similar so there’s no too much to worry about with those versions. But if you have moved to Office 2007 along with using Windows Vista, you have probably noticed that the differences are major. In this article, we’ll take a look at the toolbar differences in Excel. Other articles will cover more differences in Excel, and will have a look at Word and PowerPoint differences as well.

Old Toolbar:

New Ribbon Bar (Excel 2007):

Click on the new Office button to see commands that used to be under the "File" pull-pown menu:

Why Was the Toolbar Changed in Excel 2007?

The new "Ribbon" is part of the new Microsoft Office user interface. Commands have been organized differently, in more logical order, collected in group, rather than pull-down menus. Unfortunately, there isn't a way to switch back to the old toolbars in earlier version of Office.

The most obvious command that I noticed the first time I saw Office 2007 was the "File" pull-down menu. All the commands are still available under the new Microsoft Office button at the upper left. Click on the office button located on the upper left to see the list of commands that used to be under the "File" pull-down menu.

There are a few more commands on the new menu, including the Print and Print Preview options.

How Do I Easily Find Commands?

I use the Help menu a lot, and you'll notice even the Help pull-down menu is no longer there. To launch help, click on the little question mark in the circle towards the upper right of your window. There are lots of demos and tutorials, along with the usual step-by-step instructions in help on most commands.

I hope you found this article helpful.

Next article: Excel 2002/2003 vs. 2007 Differences-Part 2 File Compatibility

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      Amelia Griggs 6 years ago

      Esko van Hattem,

      There is a free plug-in called UBitMenu which you can download to bring back the original classic menus. Try searching "download UBitMenu" for the link.

      If you need to convert files from 2007 to 2003 there is a Microsoft office compatibility pack which you can download.

      Hope that helps. Thanks very much for your comment and questions.

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      Esko van Hattem 6 years ago

      Unfortunately, there isn't a way to switch back to the old toolbars in earlier version of Office?????

      How about "Excel converter 2007 look likes 2003"