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WEEKLY WHINE

Getting the most out of your words

Hi. I’m Rich, chairman of the GoobNet SPEED. Earlier this year, 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 grouped, 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, and Nina fixed Powerpoint. This week, Wen fixes Word.

– Rich

WORD

Hi, Microsoft. I’m Wen, and I will be helping you get the most out of the Word user interface. Currently, it is difficult to be getting the most out of Word, because commands that used to be right next to each other, like Drop Cap and Text Direction on the Format menu, are now in completely different places [the Insert tab and the wacky Format Whatever Type of Object You Selected randomly appearing tab respectively].

Your argument will be that users who are new to Microsoft programmes will not look for those commands in the same place. I disagree, because making the first letter of the paragraph a drop capital and changing the text direction are both formatting capabilities; you are taking text that has already been typed and changing the way it is formatted.

Furthermore, you went to all that trouble to make that new Mailings tab and promote it to the same level as laying out the page and reviewing the document, when very few of us actually use the mail merge functions. It is a second tier capability receiving first tier billing.

And that is the key. A user interface must be flexible, because different people have different needs and different ways of using your programmes. So with that in mind, I have placed several commands in multiple places, as Jhonny and Nina already have.

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...
      • Document Management Server...
      • Create Document Workspace...
    • Close
    • Word Options...
    • Exit Word
  • Home
    • Clipboard
      • Paste
        • Paste
        • Paste Special
        • Paste as Hyperlink
      • Cut
      • Copy
      • Format Painter
      • Little diagonal arrow button in the corner
    • Font
      • Font
      • Font Size
      • Increase Font Size
      • Decrease Font Size
      • Clear Formatting
      • Bold
      • Italic
      • Underline
      • Strikethrough
      • Subscript
      • Superscript
      • Change Case ‣
      • Highlight Text ‣
      • Font Colour ‣
      • Little diagonal arrow button in the corner
    • Paragraph
      • Bulleted List ‣
      • Numbered List ‣
      • Outline ‣
      • Decrease Indent
      • Increase Indent
      • Sort
      • Show Formatting Symbols
      • Align Left
      • Align Centre
      • Align Right
      • Align Justify
      • Line Spacing ‣
      • Shading ‣
      • Borders ‣
      • Little diagonal arrow button in the corner
    • Styles
      • Style selector ‣
      • Change Styles ‣
    • Editing
      • Find
        • Go To...
      • Replace
      • Select
        • Select All
        • Select Objects
        • Selection Pane...
  • Insert
    • Pages
      • Cover Page ‣
      • Blank Page
      • Page Break
    • Table
      • Table
        • Insert Table selector
        • Insert Table...
        • Draw Table
        • Convert Text to Table...
        • Excel Spreadsheet
        • Quick Tables
    • Illustrations
      • Picture
      • Clip Art
      • Shapes ‣
      • Smartart
      • Chart
    • Links
      • Hyperlink
      • Bookmark
      • Cross-Reference
    • Header & Footer
      • Header ‣
      • Footer ‣
      • Page Number ‣
    • Text
      • Text Box ‣
      • Quick Parts ‣
      • Wordart ‣
      • Drop Cap ‣
      • Signature Line ‣
      • Date & Time
      • Object ‣
    • Symbols
      • Equation ‣
      • Symbol ‣
  • Page Layout
    • Themes
      • Themes
      • Colours ‣
      • Fonts ‣
      • Effects ‣
    • Page Setup
      • Margins ‣
      • Orientation ‣
      • Size ‣
      • Columns ‣
      • Breaks ‣
      • Line Numbers ‣
      • Hyphenation ‣
      • Little diagonal arrow button in the corner
    • Page Background
      • Watermark ‣
      • Page Colour ‣
      • Page Borders
    • Paragraph
      • Left Indent:
      • Right Indent:
      • Spacing Before:
      • Spacing After:
      • Little diagonal arrow button in the corner
    • Arrange
      • Position ‣
      • Bring to Front ‣
      • Send to Back ‣
      • Text Wrapping ‣
      • Align ‣
      • Group ‣
      • Rotate ‣
  • References
    • Table of Contents
      • Table of Contents
      • Add Text ‣
      • Update Table
    • Footnotes
      • Insert Footnote
      • Insert Endnote
      • Next Footnote ‣
      • Show Notes
      • Little diagonal arrow button in the corner
    • Citations & Bibliography
      • Insert Citation
      • Manage Sources
      • Style ‣
      • Bibliography
    • Captions
      • Insert Caption
      • Insert Table of Figures
      • Update Table
      • Cross-reference
    • Index
      • Mark Entry
      • Insert Index
      • Update Index
    • Table of Authorities
      • Mark Citation
      • Insert Table of Authorities
      • Update Table
  • Mailings
    • Create
      • Envelopes
      • Labels
    • Start Mail Merge
      • Start Mail Merge ‣
      • Select Recipients ‣
      • Edit Recipient List
    • Write & Insert Fields
      • Highlight Merge Fields
      • Address Block
      • Greeting Line
      • Instant Merge Field
      • Rules ‣
      • Match Fields
      • Update Labels
    • Preview Results
      • Preview Results
      • First Result
      • Previous Result
      • Result Number:
      • Next Result
      • Last Result
      • Find Recipient
      • Auto Check for Errors
    • Finish
      • Finish & Merge ‣
  • Review
    • Proofing
      • Spelling & Grammar
      • Research
      • Thesaurus
      • Translate
      • Look Up ‣
      • Set Language
      • Word Count
    • Comments
      • New Comment
      • Delete ‣
      • Previous
      • Next
    • Tracking
      • Track Changes ‣
      • Balloons ‣
      • View Changes ‣
      • Show Markup ‣
      • Reviewing Pane ‣
    • Changes
      • Accept ‣
      • Reject ‣
      • Previous
      • Next
    • Compare
      • Compare ‣
      • Show Source Documents ‣
    • Protect
      • Protect Document ‣
    • Ink
      • Start Inking
  • View
    • Document Views
      • Print Layout
      • Full Screen Reading
      • Web Layout
      • Outline
      • Draft
    • Show/Hide
      • Ruler
      • Gridlines
      • Message Bar
      • Document Map
      • Thumbnails
    • Zoom
      • Zoom
      • 100%
      • One Page
      • Two Pages
      • Page Width
    • Window
      • New Window
      • Arrange All
      • Split
      • View Side by Side
      • Synchronous Scrolling
      • Reset Window Position
      • Switch Windows ‣
    • Macros
      • Macros ‣
  • Table Tools Design
    • Table Style Options
      • Header Row
      • Total Row
      • Banded Rows
      • First Column
      • Last Column
      • Banded Columns
    • Table Styles
      • Table Styles selector ‣
      • Shading ‣
      • Borders ‣
    • Draw Borders
      • Style
      • Weight
      • Pen Colour ‣
      • Draw Table
      • Eraser
      • Little diagonal arrow button in the corner
  • Table Tools Layout
    • Table
      • Select
        • Select Cell
        • Select Column
        • Select Row
        • Select Table
      • Show Gridlines
      • Properties
    • Rows & Columns
      • Delete
        • Delete Cells...
        • Delete Columns
        • Delete Rows
        • Delete Table
      • Insert Above
      • Insert Below
      • Insert Left
      • Insert Right
    • Merge
      • Merge Cells
      • Split Cells
      • Split Table
    • Cell Size
      • Height:
      • Distribute Rows Evenly
      • Width:
      • Distribute Columns Evenly
      • Autofit ‣
    • Alignment
      • Top Left
      • Top Centre
      • Top Right
      • Middle Left
      • Middle Centre
      • Middle Right
      • Bottom Left
      • Bottom Centre
      • Bottom Right
      • Text Direction
      • Cell Margins
    • Data
      • Sort
      • Repeat Heading Rows
      • Convert to Text
      • Formula

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...
      • Document Management Server...
      • Create Document Workspace...
    • Exit Word
  • 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...
      • Go To...
    • Select
      • Select All
      • Select Objects
      • Selection Pane...
    • Arrange
      • Position ‣
      • Bring to Front ‣
      • Send to Back ‣
      • Text Wrapping ‣
      • Align ‣
      • Group ‣
      • Rotate ‣
  • View
    • Document Views
      • Print Layout
      • Full Screen Reading
      • Web Layout
      • Outline
      • Draft
    • Show/Hide
      • Formatting Symbols
      • Ruler
      • Gridlines
      • Message Bar
      • Document Map
      • Thumbnails
    • Header & Footer
    • Zoom:
    • View Changes ‣
    • Show Markup ‣
  • Insert
    • Pages
      • Cover Page ‣
      • Blank Page
      • Page Break
    • Table
      • Table
        • Insert Table selector
        • Insert Table...
        • Draw Table
        • Convert Text to Table...
        • Excel Spreadsheet
    • Illustrations
      • Picture
      • Clip Art
      • Shapes ‣
      • Smartart
      • Chart
    • Links
      • Hyperlink
      • Bookmark
      • Cross-Reference
    • Header & Footer...
    • Text
      • Text Box ‣
      • Parts of Text ‣
      • Wordart ‣
      • Signature Line ‣
      • Page Number ‣
      • Date & Time
      • Equation ‣
      • Symbol ‣
    • Object ‣
  • Format
    • Font
      • Font style selector ‣
      • Change Font Styles ‣
      • Font
      • Font Size
      • Increase Font Size
      • Decrease Font Size
      • Clear Formatting
      • Bold
      • Italic
      • Underline
      • Strikethrough
      • Subscript
      • Superscript
      • Change Case ‣
      • Highlight Text ‣
      • Font Colour ‣
      • Drop Cap ‣
      • Replace Fonts...
      • Format Font...
    • Paragraph
      • Paragraph style selector ‣
      • Change Paragraph Styles ‣
      • Bulleted List ‣
      • Numbered List ‣
      • Outline ‣
      • Decrease Indent
      • Increase Indent
      • Align Left
      • Align Centre
      • Align Right
      • Align Justify
      • Line Spacing ‣
      • Shading ‣
      • Borders ‣
      • Left Indent:
      • Right Indent:
      • Spacing Before:
      • Spacing After:
      • Text Direction...
      • Format Paragraph...
    • Themes
      • Themes
      • Colours ‣
      • Fonts ‣
      • Effects ‣
    • Page
      • Page Setup
        • Margins ‣
        • Orientation ‣
        • Size ‣
        • Columns ‣
        • Breaks ‣
        • Line Numbers ‣
        • Hyphenation ‣
        • Page Setup...
      • Page Background
        • Watermark ‣
        • Page Colour ‣
        • Page Borders
  • Tools
    • Sort...
    • References
      • Insert
        • Footnote...
        • Endnote...
        • Citation...
        • Caption...
        • Cross-reference
          • To Bookmark...
          • To Heading...
          • To Section...
          • To Figure...
          • To Table...
          • To Citation...
        • Automatic List
          • Table of Contents...
          • Table of Figures...
          • Table of Tables...
          • Table of Authorities...
          • Bibliography...
          • Index...
      • Manage References
        • Next Footnote ‣
        • Show Notes
        • Edit Footnote...
        • Manage Sources...
        • Citation Style ‣
        • Update
          • Update Automatic List...
          • Update All Automatic Lists...
    • Mailings
      • Create
        • Envelopes
        • Labels
      • Start Mail Merge
        • Start Mail Merge ‣
        • Select Recipients ‣
        • Edit Recipient List
      • Write & Insert Fields
        • Highlight Merge Fields
        • Address Block
        • Greeting Line
        • Instant Merge Field
        • Rules ‣
        • Match Fields
        • Update Labels
      • Preview Results
        • Preview Results
        • First Result
        • Previous Result
        • Result Number
        • Next Result
        • Last Result
        • Find Recipient
        • Auto Check for Errors
      • Finish
        • Finish & Merge ‣
    • Proofing
      • Spelling & Grammar
      • Research
      • Thesaurus
      • Translate
      • Look Up ‣
      • Set Language
      • Word Count
    • Review
      • Comments
        • New Comment
        • Delete ‣
        • Previous
        • Next
      • Tracking
        • Track Changes ‣
        • Balloons ‣
        • View Changes ‣
        • Show Markup ‣
        • Reviewing Pane ‣
      • Changes
        • Accept ‣
        • Reject ‣
        • Previous
        • Next
    • Compare
      • Compare ‣
      • Show Source Documents ‣
    • Protect Document...
    • Start Inking
    • Macros
      • VBA Editor...
      • View Macros...
      • Record New Macro...
      • Macro Security...
    • Customise...
    • Options...
  • Draw
    • Drawing
      • Shapes ‣
      • Arrange
        • Position ‣
        • Bring to Front ‣
        • Send to Back ‣
        • Text Wrapping ‣
        • Align ‣
        • Group ‣
        • Rotate ‣
      • 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
        • Align Justify
      • Vertical Alignment
        • Align Top
        • Align Middle
        • Align Bottom
      • Text Direction
      • Cell Margins
      • Cell Size
        • Cell Height:
        • Cell Width:
        • Autofit to Contents
        • 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...
    • 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
    • Split
    • View Side by Side
    • Synchronous Scrolling
    • Reset Window Position
    • Switch Windows ‣
  • Help
    • Help Contents
    • What’s This?
    • About Word

– Wen

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