FEATURE 1: RIBBON
Microsoft touted the ribbon as "the modern way to help users find,understand, and use commands efficiently and directly
with a minimumnumber of clicks, with less need to resort to trial-and-error, and without
having to refer to Help.”
The ribbon is formed as a panel that houses certain command buttons andicons; it organizes commands as a set of
, each grouping relevantcommands. Each application has a different set of tabs which house theoptions for that specific application. Within each tab, various relatedoptions may be grouped together.
The Ribbon is not user customizable in Word 2007.
is designed to make the features of the application morediscoverable and accessible with fewer mouse clicks
as compared to themenu-based UI used prior to Word 2007.
The Ribbon can be minimized by double clicking the active tab, such as theHome text. Without third party add-ins, it is not possible to remove theRibbon, modify it, or replace it with menus with the normal Office 2007functions. Office 2010 does allow user customization of the ribbon out of the box.