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Hi. I’m Rich, chairman of the GoobNet SPEED. Last month, we began our programme of helping Microsoft improve the user interfaces of the major Office programmes. We are taking no position on the merits and drawbacks of the ribbon as opposed to dropdown menus [except to point out that no other software manufacturers have copied the ribbon – imagine that]. Instead, we are examining the way that commands are laid out, and whether it is easy for users to find commands that they are looking for.

Previously, Jhonny fixed the E-mail message windows in Outlook. This week, Nina fixes Powerpoint.

– Rich

POWERPOINT

Hey, everybody at Microsoft. I’m Nina, and I’ll be telling you what to do with the user interface in Powerpoint. If you recall, when Jhonny started this project with Outlook, he reminded you that commands for special types of objects, like tables and images, should always be visible, but disabled until a table or image is selected. None of this “special menus and tabs that are nowhere to be found until you’ve clicked on something” bullshit.

I have also reintroduced the Customise menu option, which, more than any other version, should have been present in Office 2007. You should be aware that not everyone does the same things with your software, and that it should adapt to the users. Forcing users to adapt to your software is the wrong approach; it inevitably results in users adapting to your competitors’ software.

So, even though I am allowing users to move these commands around, I am also going to redefine the default layout into something that actually makes sense. Seriously, putting the Macros command on the View tab? What the fuck, Microsoft?

OLD

  • Office button
    • New
    • Open
    • Save
    • Save As...
    • Print
      • Print...
      • Quick Print
      • Print Preview
    • Prepare
      • Properties
      • Inspect Document
      • Encrypt Document
      • Restrict Permission
        • Unrestricted Access
        • Restricted Access
        • Manage Credentials
      • Add a Digital Signature
      • Mark as Final
      • Edit Links to Files
    • Send
      • E-mail
      • E-mail as PDF Attachment
      • E-mail as XPS Attachment
      • Internet Fax
    • Publish
      • Package for CD...
      • Publish Slides...
      • Create Handouts in Microsoft Office Word
      • Document Management Server...
      • Create Document Workspace...
    • Close
    • Powerpoint Options...
    • Exit Powerpoint
  • Home
    • Clipboard
      • Paste
        • Paste
        • Paste Special
        • Paste as Hyperlink
        • Duplicate
      • Cut
      • Copy
      • Format Painter
      • Little diagonal arrow button in the corner
    • Slides
      • New Slide
        • Layouts
        • Duplicate Selected Slides
        • Slides from Outline...
        • Reuse Slides...
      • Layout ‣
      • Reset
      • Delete
    • Font
      • Font
      • Font Size
      • Increase Font Size
      • Decrease Font Size
      • Clear Formatting
      • Bold
      • Italic
      • Underline
      • Strikethrough
      • Shadow
      • Character Spacing ‣
      • Change Case ‣
      • Font Colour ‣
      • Little diagonal arrow button in the corner
    • Paragraph
      • Bulleted List ‣
      • Numbered List ‣
      • Decrease Indent
      • Increase Indent
      • Line Spacing ‣
      • Align Left
      • Align Centre
      • Align Right
      • Align Justify
      • Columns ‣
      • Text Direction ‣
      • Vertical Alignment ‣
      • Smartart ‣
      • Little diagonal arrow button in the corner
    • Drawing
      • Shapes ‣
      • Arrange
        • Bring to Front
        • Send to Back
        • Bring Forward
        • Send Backward
        • Group
        • Ungroup
        • Regroup
        • Align
          • Grid Settings...
        • Rotate
        • Selection Pane...
      • Quick Styles ‣
      • Shape Fill ‣
      • Shape Outline ‣
      • Shape Effects ‣
      • Little diagonal arrow button in the corner
    • Editing
      • Find
      • Replace
        • Replace...
        • Replace Fonts...
      • Select
        • Select All
        • Select Objects
        • Selection Pane...
  • Insert
    • Tables
      • Table ‣
    • Illustrations
      • Picture
      • Clip Art
      • Photo Album ‣
      • Shapes ‣
      • Smartart
      • Chart
    • Links
      • Hyperlink
      • Action
    • Text
      • Text Box
      • Header & Footer
      • Wordart ‣
      • Date & Time
      • Slide Number
      • Symbol
      • Object
    • Media Clips
      • Movie
        • Movie from File...
        • Movie from Clip Organiser...
      • Sound
        • Sound from File...
        • Sound from Clip Organiser...
        • Play CD Audio Track...
        • Record Sound...
  • Design
    • Page Setup
      • Page Setup ‣
      • Slide Orientation
    • Themes
      • Themes
      • Colours ‣
      • Fonts ‣
      • Effects ‣
    • Background
      • Background Styles
        • Backgrounds
        • Format Background...
        • Reset Slide Background...
      • Hide Background Graphics
      • Little diagonal arrow button in the corner
  • Animations
    • Preview
      • Preview
    • Animations
      • Animate:
      • Custom Animation
    • Transition to This Slide
      • Transitions
      • Transition Sound:
      • Transition Speed:
      • Apply to All
      • Advance Slide On Mouse Click
      • Advance Slide Automatically After:
  • Slide Show
    • Start Slide Show
      • From Beginning
      • From Current Slide
      • Custom Slide Show ‣
    • Set Up
      • Set Up Slide Show
      • Hide Slide
      • Record Narrations
      • Rehearse Timings
      • Use Rehearsed Timings
    • Monitors
      • Resolution:
      • Show Presentation on:
      • Use Presenter View
  • Review
    • Proofing
      • Spelling
      • Research
      • Thesaurus
      • Translate
      • Language
    • Comments
      • Show Markup
      • New Comment
      • Edit Comment
      • Delete ‣
      • Previous
      • Next
    • Protect
      • Protect Presentation ‣
    • Ink
      • Start Inking
  • View
    • Presentation Views
      • Normal
      • Slide Sorter
      • Notes Page
      • Slide Show
      • Slide Master
      • Handout Master
      • Notes Master
    • Show/Hide
      • Ruler
      • Gridlines
      • Message Bar
    • Zoom
      • Zoom
      • Fit to Window
    • Colour/Grayscale
      • Colour
      • Grayscale
      • Pure Black and White
    • Window
      • New Window
      • Arrange All
      • Cascade
      • Move Split
      • Switch Windows ‣
    • Macros
      • Macros

NEW

  • File
    • New
    • Open
    • Save
    • Save As...
    • Close
    • Print...
    • Print Preview
    • Page Setup...
    • Prepare
      • Properties
      • Inspect Document
      • Encrypt Document
      • Restrict Permission
        • Unrestricted Access
        • Restricted Access
        • Manage Credentials
      • Add a Digital Signature
      • Mark as Final
      • Edit Links to Files
    • Send
      • E-mail
      • E-mail as PDF Attachment
      • E-mail as XPS Attachment
      • Internet Fax
    • Publish
      • Package for CD...
      • Publish Slides...
      • Create Handouts in Word
      • Document Management Server...
      • Create Document Workspace...
    • Exit Powerpoint
  • Edit
    • Undo
    • Redo
    • Repeat
    • Clipboard
      • Cut
      • Copy
      • Paste
        • Paste as Unformatted Text
        • Paste as Enhanced Metafile
        • Paste as Hyperlink
        • Paste Special...
      • Format Painter
      • Office Clipboard...
    • Search
      • Find
      • Replace...
      • Replace Fonts...
    • Select
      • Select All
      • Select Objects
      • Selection Pane...
    • Slides
      • New Slide
        • Layouts
        • Slides from Outline...
        • Reuse Slides...
      • Duplicate Selected Slides
      • Layout ‣
      • Reset
      • Delete
    • Object
      • Duplicate
      • Arrange
        • Bring to Front
        • Send to Back
        • Bring Forward
        • Send Backward
        • Group
        • Ungroup
        • Regroup
        • Align
          • Grid Settings...
        • Rotate
  • View
    • Presentation Views
      • Slide Only
      • Normal
      • Slide Sorter
      • Notes Page
      • Slide Show
    • Masters
      • Slide Master
      • Title Slide Master
      • Handout Master
      • Notes Master
    • Show/Hide
      • Ruler
      • Gridlines
      • Message Bar
      • Selection Pane
    • Zoom:
    • Colour/Grayscale
      • Colour
      • Grayscale
      • Pure Black and White
    • Show Markup
  • Insert
    • Table
      • Insert Table selector
      • Insert Table...
      • Draw Table
      • Convert Text to Table...
      • Excel Spreadsheet
    • Illustrations
      • Picture
      • Clip Art
      • Photo Album ‣
      • Shapes ‣
      • Smartart
      • Chart
    • Links
      • Hyperlink
      • Action
    • Text
      • Text Box
      • Header & Footer
      • Wordart ‣
      • Date & Time
      • Slide Number
      • Symbol
    • Object
    • Media Clips
      • Movie
        • Movie from File...
        • Movie from Clip Organiser...
      • Sound
        • Sound from File...
        • Sound from Clip Organiser...
        • Play CD Audio Track...
        • Record Sound...
  • Format
    • Slide
      • Hide Slide
      • Page Setup ‣
      • Slide Orientation
      • Background
        • Background Styles ‣
        • Format Background...
        • Reset Slide Background...
        • Hide Background Graphics
    • Font
      • Font
      • Font Size
      • Increase Font Size
      • Decrease Font Size
      • Clear Formatting
      • Bold
      • Italic
      • Underline
      • Strikethrough
      • Shadow
      • Character Spacing ‣
      • Change Case ‣
      • Font Colour ‣
      • Format Font...
      • Replace Fonts...
    • Paragraph
      • Bulleted List ‣
      • Numbered List ‣
      • Decrease Indent
      • Increase Indent
      • Line Spacing ‣
      • Align Left
      • Align Centre
      • Align Right
      • Align Justify
      • Columns ‣
      • Text Direction ‣
      • Vertical Alignment ‣
      • Smartart ‣
      • Format Paragraph...
    • Shape
      • Styles ‣
      • Shape Fill ‣
      • Shape Outline ‣
      • Shape Effects ‣
      • Format Shape...
    • Themes
      • Themes
      • Colours ‣
      • Fonts ‣
      • Effects ‣
    • Animations
      • Preview
      • Animate:
      • Custom Animation
      • Slide Transition
        • Transitions
        • Transition Sound:
        • Transition Speed:
        • Apply to All
        • Advance Slide On Mouse Click
        • Advance Slide Automatically After:
  • Slide Show
    • Start Slide Show
      • From Beginning
      • From Current Slide
      • Custom Slide Show ‣
    • Setup
      • Setup Slide Show
      • Record Narrations
      • Rehearse Timings
      • Use Rehearsed Timings
      • Monitors
        • Resolution:
        • Show Presentation on:
        • Use Presenter View
    • Hide Slide
  • Tools
    • Proofing
      • Spelling
      • Research
      • Thesaurus
      • Translate
      • Language
    • Comments
      • Show Markup
      • New Comment
      • Edit Comment
      • Delete ‣
      • Previous
      • Next
    • Protect Presentation ‣
    • Start Inking
    • Grid Settings...
    • Macros
      • VBA Editor...
      • View Macros...
      • Record Macro...
      • Macro Security...
    • Customise...
    • Options...
  • Draw
    • Drawing
      • Shapes ‣
      • Arrange
        • Bring to Front
        • Send to Back
        • Bring Forward
        • Send Backward
        • Group
        • Ungroup
        • Regroup
        • Align
          • Grid Settings...
        • Rotate
        • Selection Pane...
      • Styles ‣
      • Shape Fill ‣
      • Shape Outline ‣
      • Shape Effects ‣
      • Format Shape...
    • Select
      • Select All
      • Select Objects
      • Selection Pane...
  • Table
    • Insert
      • Insert Table selector
      • Insert Table...
      • Draw Table
      • Convert Text to Table...
      • Excel Spreadsheet
    • Delete Table
    • Select
    • Select Cell
    • Select Column
    • Select Row
    • Select Table
    • Show Gridlines
    • Properties
    • Sort
    • Convert to Text
    • Formula
    • Format
      • Horizontal Alignment
        • Align Left
        • Align Centre
        • Align Right
      • Vertical Alignment
        • Align Top
        • Align Middle
        • Align Bottom
      • Text Direction
      • Cell Margins
      • Cell Size
        • Cell Height
        • Cell Width
        • Autofit to Contents
        • Autofit Window
        • Fixed Column Width
        • Distribute Rows Evenly
        • Distribute Columns Evenly
      • Table Styles selector
      • Shading
      • Borders
        • Line Style
        • Line Thickness
        • Pen Colour
        • Draw Table
        • Eraser
      • Borders and Shading...
      • Repeat Header Rows
      • Header Row
      • Total Row
      • Banded Rows
      • First Column
      • Last Column
      • Banded Columns
    • Structure
      • Insert
        • Insert Subtable...
        • Insert Cells...
        • Insert Rows Above
        • Insert Rows Below
        • Insert Columns Left
        • Insert Columns Right
      • Delete
        • Delete Cells...
        • Delete Columns
        • Delete Rows
        • Delete Table
      • Merge Cells
      • Split Cells
      • Split Table
      • Rows and Columns...
  • Window
    • New Window
    • Arrange All
    • Cascade
    • Move Split
    • Switch Windows ‣
  • Help
    • Help Contents
    • What’s This?
    • About Powerpoint

– Nina

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