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Finding commands in Windows 7 and Office 2007

Updated on December 11, 2016
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Tamara Wilhite is a technical writer, engineer, mother of 2, and a published sci-fi and horror author.


After upgrading to Office 2007 or Windows 7, users often struggle to find their commands and menu choices. Where are the most commonly used commands in Windows 7 and Office 2007?

Windows OS versions sometimes change the location of commands and add new shortcuts.
Windows OS versions sometimes change the location of commands and add new shortcuts. | Source

Microsoft Windows 7 includes Microsoft Office 2007. However, you can have Windows Vista or Windows XP and upgrade to Office 2007 separately.

One challenge that comes with the upgrade regardless of how it occurs is finding the commands AFTER the upgrade.
Office 2007 uses what is called "fluent ribbon". It is intended to group related commands together. This eliminates the long multi-step menu functions in theory. In reality, it can still take several steps to get to the necessary button choice. The challenge is finding the correct first level command.

Where in the fluent ribbon are your old commands?

FILE - these commands are now under the "Office" button.
EDIT - these commands are now mostly under "Home", then "Clipboard"
SPELLCHECKER - this is under "Review", "Proofing", "Spelling and Grammar".

One of the advantages of upgrading to Office 2007 is that you can customize the menu bar to include your most frequently used commands.

The old keyboard shortcuts also work, though their menu locations moved. For example, control - F still works for "Find and Replace" although the menu choice for that is now under sorting and filtering. But Control-C and Control-V remain the commands for copy and paste.


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