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Bring Office 2003 Menus Back to 2010 with UBitMenu

Are you having trouble getting used to the Ribbon interface in Office 2010?  Here’s how you can roll back the clock a bit and bring back the familiar menus and toolbars from 2003.

The Office 2007 Ribbon was both praised and criticized.  While many users felt they were more productive with the new interface, others felt frustrated searching for commands they had memorized in older versions of Office.  Now, with Office 2010, the ribbon interface has been brought to every app in the Office suite, and is integrated into many newer programs from Microsoft.

If you’re moving from Office 2003, using UBitMenu allows you to add the old familiar menus back along with the new Ribbon interface for an easier learning curve. Also, with the customizability of Office 2010, we can strip away the extra Ribbon tabs to make it more like 2003.

Get the 2003 Menus and Toolbars Back in Office 2010

Download UBitMenu (link below), and install as normal.  Make sure all of your Office programs are closed during the installation.  This handy utility is very small, and installed amazingly quick.

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Open Word, Excel, or PowerPoint and there’s now a new Menu tab beside Home in the Ribbon.  Now you can access all of your favorite old Office commands in the familiar menus, and access many of the newer Office features such as SmartArt.

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Here’s a close-up of the toolbar.  Notice that the layout is very similar to that of Word 2003.

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You can access all of the new Transitions in PowerPoint 2010 from the menu bar.

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The menu in Excel even included support for the new PivotTable and PivotCharts Wizard.

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One problem we noticed was that the toolbars were condensed to a drop-down menu if the Office window was less than 870px wide.  This may be a frustration to users with low-resolution displays, and you might want to use the Office Apps maximized.

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Get Rid of the Ribbon

Now that you’ve got the old menus back, you can get rid of the extra ribbon tabs if you’d like.  Office 2010 lets you customize your ribbon and remove tabs, so let’s get rid of all the other tabs except for our new Menu tab. 

In our example we’re using Word, but you can do it in Excel or PowerPoint the same way. Click the File tab and select Options.

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Alternately, in the Menu tab, select Tools and then Word Options.

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Select Customize Ribbon on the left sidebar, then uncheck the boxes beside all the ribbon tabs you want to hide on the right.  Click Ok when you’re finished.

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While you’re at it, you can change the default color scheme as well.

Note: The color change will automatically change the color scheme in all of the Office apps, so you’ll only need to do that once.

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Now the ribbon only has 2 tabs…the File tab for the new Backstage View, and the UBitMenu tab we just installed.  It almost has the appearance Word 2003, but with the new features of Word 2010!  You’ll need to repeat these steps in Excel and PowerPoint if you want to customize their ribbon the same.

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Conclusion

If you’ve been having a hard time getting used to Office 2010, UBitMenu is a great way to get familiar with the new interface, or simply stay productive with your old tricks.  We do wish it supported the other Office applications like OneNote and Outlook. That doesn’t make it a deal breaker though, it can make the learning curve easier in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

UBitMenu is free for personal use, and available at a very reasonable price for businesses. If you’re using Office 2007 and not a fan of the Ribbon, UBitMenu works for it as well.

Download UBitMenu

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  • Published 06/11/10

Comments (51)

  1. SquareWheel

    Personally, I don’t know why you would want too. The ribbon is a fantastic interface element, despite people’s reluctance to change.

  2. Matthew Guay

    @SquareWheel – I actually really like the ribbon, and personally think it is a great leap forward for productivity. But, hey, everyone’s not alike, so this is a great option for those that do prefer the traditional menu and toolbars. Plus, like I mentioned, it can also be a great way to slowly step into using the ribbon if you’re more used to the menus and toolbars.

  3. james alcaraz

    this should be included in MS Office app out of the box.

    I mean how hard could it be to include legacy menus, that will make most hard core users of Office very happy and productive.

  4. thenonhacker

    After months of using Office 2007 and 2010, I now understand why the RibbonUI is better then the menus:

    1. RibbonUI exposed many commands into logical groupings.
    2. It’s easier to find commands because they are Not buried in menus containing so many items.
    3. RibbonUI showed me Office features that already existed in Office 2003, but are not easily discoverable because again, they are buried in deep menus.
    4. I can use the mouse wheel to scroll though Ribbon Tabs.

    Ribbon is better guys, the usability testing conducted here is very successful!

  5. Phoenix

    well..nice article. will u also be kind enough to tell as to how to look into the Help–About Window that is usually there in any windows application.

  6. Tregonsee

    I tried this on Office 2007. Everything looked good. However, when I was editing a Word document, I found that I could not get the Search/Replace function to work. It looked ok, but in fact nothing was replaced. After uninstalling this program, it started working correctly again.

  7. Chris

    Is it possible to hide the tabs in Word & Excel 2007?

  8. Jim Sheehy

    Nice tool. Sort of. Some problems though: I’ve got Office 2010 Professional Plus and the site says the program works with it. I paid for the commercial versio + 10 licenses for 19.92. the msi won’t install (error: Could not access network location \ADDINS). Sent problem to their support address but, after more than 24 hours, no response. Free version (.exe) installed ok and works nicely with word, excel, etc. Good. However, does not work with Outlook, nor with an email message created in Outlook. I had supposed that Outlook used Word as their email editor (Outlook 2003 does), and if so, this product should produce the same menu item in a new Outlook email message. It does not. That was my real need and the program doesn’t fix the problem. And I can only install the free version.

  9. blue

    I’ve used this for months on 2010 and it is by far the best of the add-on menu alternatives (I’ve not had any anomalies with it; replace works just fine for me). That said, I am *slowly* adapting to Mother Microsoft’s way of working, at least in XL (the ribbon is still a foreign experience for me in the other apps & I use UBit almost exclusively for them).

    I’m not too sure of the reason, but the 2010 ribbon seems far less obnoxious than 2007 so maybe by 2020 it’ll actually be useful for all.

  10. Matthew Guay

    @Chris – No, sorry, it isn’t possible to hide tabs in the ribbon in Office 2007. Office 2010′s the first one to let you change around stuff in the ribbon.

  11. msjunk

    To answer Phoenix’s question, you can add a help about icon to the Quick Access Toolbar by selecting Customize Quick Access Toolbar drop down arrow and choosing More Commands… then select Choose commands from: and select the All Commands from the drop down list, press the “A” key and About will be highlighted, select Add and then OK to have the About button displayed in the Quick Access Toolbar. I have not tried to add it to the Ribbon.

  12. TM

    Yet another reason to use software made by folks who actually listen to their users instead of telling them now it’s going to be. OpenOffice ‘just worked’ a long time ago – without the damn ‘ribbon’

  13. Joe

    This *still* isn’t getting rid of everything – there’s still a useless FILE/MENU bar taking up my screen acreage. How about a way of just turning the entire set of tabs off?

  14. Hugo

    Thanks for that!

    there might be a few people out there who like the ribbon. MS designers mainly, I guess. However, there are Millions of professional users with (in my case) > 20 years of MS Office experience who would shoot the person who invented the ribbon without flinching. This person killed more of my time than my Ex-wife.

  15. Hugo

    PS: well, if the Ribbon is such a wonderful thing, why are people paying a couple of companies quite some money to get rid of that wonderful ribbon? Because THEY are stupid or because the MS designers are??

  16. Arianna

    I use ms office inside out and I tell you I stopped at the 2003 version, this tool looks very useful, but I doubt will make all keyboard shortcuts work, master layouts issues fix, prevent charts from becoming jpg once opened from older versions. I was told at work my team had to upgrade to 2007 and after experiencing numerous compatibility issues we decided to stay with 2003. See 2007 and 2010 look very funky but ms experts don’t want to play with toys they want to get down to business!

  17. Steven

    I’m one of those people who was extremely disappointed with the loss of customized toolbars in Word / Office 2007. I have written hundreds of macros, a dozen or so of which I use every week. In Word 2003 I can run them with a single click on a button that means something to me. Also, I can create a new macro in seconds, or minutes, to solve a problem with a particular document or group of documents. And I can put these macros on a customized toolbar, that I can move to my second monitor or turn off when it’s not in use.

    Word 2007 took all that away. It’s as if I was a plumber or a carpenter, who has bought or built dozens of customized tools. But when I work in Word 2007, I have to leave them all behind.

    Here’s hoping there’s a reason for me to upgrade to Word 2010. Any news?

  18. UBit Jörg

    Mr. Sheehy is the only UBitMenu user experiencing this problem so far. His order was refunded. We have over thousand downloads per day from our site alone. I guess it works for most…

    We have a seperate UBitMenu for Outlook on our WebSite now. It inserts the legacy menus into all important windows.

  19. 11nac

    Where is the downloud link have little sight?

  20. Tony M.

    I haven’t even tried UBitMenu yet, but based on the comments I’ve read, I think I’m going to like it.

    As for Microsoft, despite some people feeling the ribbon is a plus, I cannot sense their enthusiasm. I’m finding it difficult to find many common functions I frequently used. If the ribbon were such an ingenious development, finding all the required tools would be almost intuitive, yet this is not the case, in my view.

    Furthermore … and this is the biggest reason why I abhor the ribbon … Microsoft has clearly gotten into the habit of moving familiar functions around and calling it a new and improved feature. Note, I’m not referring just to the Office suite of programs; I’m talking about the Windows OS in general. This is crazy and I’m not so easily duped as to believe that moving things around is necessarily an improvement. Such changes should be EVOLUTIONARY, not REVOLUTIONARY!

    I didn’t purchase MS Office 2007 simply because I heard all the fussing that was going on far and wide about the ribbon, but I had hoped that Office 2010 might not be quite so bad, but I think I was wrong. If OpenOffice had an e-mail program, Microsoft wouldn’t hear from me again.

    In closing, I’m sorry for sounding so sarcastic, but I’ve grown quite tired of certain Office-related issues and this ribbon issue is a major one.

    One more thing: Thanks for making UBitMenu available to the computer user community. I hope to return with some objective comments. Thanks again!

  21. Nancyjean

    OK, some people love the ribbon. However, there are also lots of people who hate it. The reality is, as we age or if we are under a lot of stress it is harder to relearn stuff that has been conditioned into your brain for 20 years.

    I have been using Office 2007 since before it was officially released and I still am less efficient in it than I was in 2003. And I consider myself pretty computer literate.

    Until Microsoft feels a real threat to losing market share they won’t bother to listen to what users really want. They’ll just keep creating what they want to create.

  22. Don D

    I just started using UBitMenue and it looks great. I want to learn the ribbon, but get frustrated when I can’t find something. Hopefully this will help until I learn the ribbon bar way.

  23. UBit Jörg

    UBitMenu is free for private use only. Both versions exe and msi have to be licenced if you use UBitMenu in a context that you or somebody else gets paid for. There is no free version for commercial use. A logical concept in our eyes. Our price is very low to allow usage in low budget organisations, schools and small business.
    Customers will receive the exe (that is free for private use) and a msi installer. The msi installer will install into the local machine context and show the menu for all users on a computer. Admininstrator privileges are needed for this kind of setup. The exe installer will install into the current user context. On request customers will receive an installation manual that shows how to install UBitMenu per GPO or other distribution systems. It will also work in virtual environments (Terminal Server, Citrix, …). UBit will refund your payment if UBitMenu does not work for you.

  24. Tim Warburton

    word 2010 ribbon is truly driving me crazy – not because it may or may not be good- but because of the work I need to get done at the same speed that I always was able to it in 2003. (I switched computers unwittingly having 2010 installed on the new one)
    Needed to respond to short word doc (inserting tables- multi languages sise by side) I was suddenly knocked off my standard level of thinking about the CONTENT I was working on and FORCED to think about finding tools formally at my finger tips in 2003. i don’t have time for this I thought. How can this be? No serious company would actually handicap users so deliberately. There must a utility to switch to ‘old’ style menus etc. NO .. no .
    Days of struggle and pain looking for the dumbest little switches etc.
    I could not believe it was realy so dumb and hard. It was as if the Marketing guys had taken over – that rational smart people no longer existed at Microsoft. The ribbon may be great – but when one has something they want and NEED to get done now – taking 2-3 weeks to learn a program simply is not in the Cards.
    I found ‘adintools’ which had a menu product for conversion to 2003 menus. It works reasonably well- I haven’t tried UBIT and only learned of it in this thread. The main point is that the frustration value of the ribbon is solved with these menu products. It sure saved me. But frankly while I suppose there are benefits in Word 2010 – I just don’t know what they are. Everything I ever wanted to do could be done in the 2003 product groupings. With this 2010 grouping. I haven’t really seen anything I need that I couldn’t easily do in 2003. Writing serious content letters and spreadsheets requires the mind to concentrate on the content.

    I find change for change sake fine for people coming to the market with ‘blank’ minds. But for those of us trained since the 80′s to use products – the major company dominating the landscape should not be giving short shrift to the millions of uses it has trained with out some lookback consideration
    T/.

  25. Christian

    I am a very professional user of MS Office since 1991 (Word at that time), nowadays I am teaching the use of Office Software, and as 90% of my very young or adult classes I *HATE* the Ribbons of Office 2007 and Office 2010. Until today I never met a single person who would be able to do hundreds of different tasks faster than I do with MS Office 2003. ( I talk about the sum of all tasks, not about a single one which may be improved ). — The stupidity of the Menus of Office 2007 and 2010 lies not only in the way we are forced to follow its dynamics. My main concern is how much SCREEN it uses, especially on small portable computers. Evidently you can hide it, but this means permanent re-appearance which distracts the eyes and the brain.

  26. Jmax

    I downloaded ubit as a private home user because I hate the ribbons on 2007 Word. I use that program a lot. But after installing it, every time I bring the program up I get a message “would you like to purchase a license?” before it opens. I click NO as this is supposed to be a free program. The program opens with this big note right in front of the menu bar.

    Make MS Word 2007 Ribbon to Old Classic
    Menu Toolbar Interface Software fully
    functional. Purchase for only $19.99. Your
    personal license will be emailed.

  27. Frank Stone

    The ribbon sux. Period.

  28. DenverBrian

    Well, this is possibly a solution for some, but for those of us who spent years customizing the toolbars in Office 2003 and creating a custom normal.dot template, it doesn’t help much. It appears that this is simply a build of a custom “new group” in the ribbon – but one that I don’t seem to be able to access to customize further. Looks like I’ll have to buckle down and just do it myself.

    Over the years, there are many changes to the default toolbar that I’ve made to make me super productive in Word 2003 – adding a view/two pages icon, changing the “quick print” icon to a more standard “print…” icon, and so on. I don’t see how one can make those changes in the UBitMenus’ group, as it doesn’t show up in the Customize Toolbar options.

  29. Kent Buttars

    Is there any way to get all that ribbon to the left of the screen instead of the top? Most of my work is vertical, and I have been chafing for screen height ever since the short screen conversion disaster of a couple years ago. Now even more of my valuable screen height is being guzzled up by menus while half of my screen real estate is empty on the sides. Help anyone?

  30. Queen of Forms

    I resonate with so much of what is said above. Can’t use macros?!? Can’t use macros in e-mails?!? A form that used to take me minutes to create now takes hours, and that’s AFTER I’ve found the ribbon containing the form application (where is that again? certainly no intuition could discover its whereabouts!). I don’t have that kind of time. I’ve been using MS Office since its inception, and up to 2003, new versions often actually contained improvements. Then 2007 and now 2010 came along. Oops! Microsoft forgot who comprised its customer base; it isn’t the young kid playing around with his computer and typing a term paper now and again in his dorm room. Your seasoned users are your meat and potatoes; those kids, as brilliant as they may be, are the butter on your bread. I might remind MS of the ancient WordStar word processing program; each time a new version was released, one had to completely relearn all the shortcuts and macros. Do you see WordStar on the market today? Nope. And it’s only a matter of time until MS Office finds itself obsolete if it doesn’t meet the needs of its REAL customers~~those of us who use it every single day, ten hours a day. We don’t care if it interfaces with the latest games. We don’t care if we can import iTunes and have them pop up in some bizarre presentation. We have to WORK, and these new versions are impeding that work.

  31. IainO

    Wow, nice to see I’m not the only one who finds difficulty with the Ribbon. I’ve used MS Word since 1993 for work and suffered a similar fate to others here i.e. productivity dropped rapidly whilst I stumble around trying to find basic commands. I’d echo the sentiments above in that glossy graphics are no replacement for functionality and ergonomics. After all, would a car manufacturer seriously consider swapping the brake and accelerator purely to revamp a model?

    p.s. does this work Office for Mac 2010?

  32. steve_hyt234

    Thank you for this.

    I love 2003 menus, and never like 2007 and 2010 ribbons. 2003 are much easier to use.

    Microsoft had no clue when they removed 2003 menus and replaced them with this silly ribbon.

    But now, thanks to howtogeek we can use 2003 style menus again

    steve

  33. Jim Britt

    I thought the ribbons were bad but what the did to the Access interface is HORRIBLE! I used to use the comments field as a secondary sorting field; now the comments are no longer listed LOGICALLY where you can sort on them.

    Access is a DISASTER! PLEASE develop an add-on program that will restore the logical layout of Access 2003 and back!

  34. Meredith Sivick

    I agree that the Ribbon has decreased the usability of MS Word. I’m a Principal User Experience Designer and they forgot one of Alan Cooper’s teaching which is beginner users move very quickly to intermediate and then become advanced users. The ribbon is perpetual beginners – which no one is. The other main usability issue is the space that you mush traverse with your mouse to hit the targets on the ribbon. It is truly unbelievable how much time to target! Collapsing the ribbon does nothing. Pulldown menus provide the shortest distance to the target (from a mousing and keyboarding perspective). I cannot afford to loose the horizontal space that this bar takes up. The ribbon places the emphasis on the functionality of the program and not the document you are trying to create. Looks like their gamble has not paid off. I predict they will return to the pull down menus in their next release. It is much more than just learning to do something a different way. If it was more efficient, then less people would complain.The funny thing is that Smart Draw (competitor to Powerpoint) was the first program to do the ribbon and it took the focus off of the document you were trying to craft and over emphasized the functionality. The Ribbon gets an “F” in my book.

  35. Danny

    I purchased and installed ubitmenu for outlook because I have a user who is a creature of habit. I was hoping to be able to add IE favorites to Outlook 2010 because he was used to having it in outlook 2003. I have looked but I do not see the option for it. Can this be done with ubitmenu or did I waste the money?

  36. slak1

    Had to update to Word 2010 because of Windows 7 etc etc. and IMHO the application has become more unwieldy. E.g.:this is how to edit Headers and Footers:
    1) On the Ribbon, Select Insert tab
    2) Select Header (or Footer – separate tabs) tab
    3) Select Edit Header/Footer ( navigating down past all sorts of unwanted Header/Footer designs)

    In Word 2003 it is (used to be – for me):
    1) Select View Header/Footer
    2) Select Edit
    The worst part of it is having to navigate down past all sorts of Header/Footer designs I don’t want just to get to select Edit Header/Footer in Word 2010.

    I could go on ad nauseam, but just consider this; does Microsoft really think that the majority of its Word 2010 users are newbies?
    If not, why did it not provide a ‘compatibility mode’ version, with the User Interface close to the Word 2003 one?
    Doh!

  37. Vicki

    I’m so happy to find I’m not the only one who HATES the Ribbon. What the heck was Microsoft thinking? I’ve been a professional user of Word since the early 90s (since it was installed on every new computer and had to migrate from WordPerfect) I haven’t tried this UBit solution yet but like the rest of you I cannot spend HOURS of my production time trying to figure out the bleeping Ribbon menu. In my business success depends on making my customers happy, not ticking them off and making it harder to get a project done. And last but not least, I believe Microsoft has deliberately eliminated pathways for it’s users to submit feedback on this Ribbon fiasco. Would it really be so terrible to provide us with a CHOICE on menu vs Ribbon?

  38. Kate

    Essentially I cannot use MS Office because everything I used to know is now obsolete. It now takes ages of searching online through help menus or through every tab to do what I used to do quickly. The tabs only have the most common things at the top, not the things I actually need – bullets and numbering was incredibly difficult to find (as opposed to Format; Bullets and Numbering – wow so quick and easy). Thus, I have to re-learn a new programme to someone’s else’s schedule on demand. So, if I am going to do that anyway, why should it be Microsoft? And there you have the arrogance that comes with a monopoly. Fortunately, my work has not yet changed over – but I have it on my new computer at home and I hate it.

  39. Phil

    I agree with all these sentiments. I checked the reviews on 2010, which said that the cool reception to 2007 had forced a rethink and ‘all was well with 2010′. While I am not a power user of Word 2003 I am pretty handy and I had (like others here) made myself extrememly productive by creating my own maths toolbar with everything that I needed to create school standard maths documents – everything worked a dream. Customising the toolbars with the buttons that I want made Word2003 a pleasure to use. Pressure from others forced me to consider the change – there are incompatability issues with equations in Word 2003 – 2010; I had blind faith that MS would never go backwards but boy was I wrong. The ribbon is alien, slow and unfriendly – I have tried it for a couple of months and it just doesn’t work for me. I agree that for new users they may find it wonderful but I bet if someone did a time & motion study they would discover that efficiency in 2010 has a definite ceiling which is far lower than 2003. So last night I finally found that the marquis select tool has vanished (it is ‘broken’ that’s official from MS!! – can you believe it?!), which explians why I couldn’t find it , and there seems to be inherent instability and limitations in embedding graphics. So I am about to uninstall 2010 and go back to 2003 .. I can’t quite believe that I just typed that (thank heavens I saved my normal.dot file) – quite surreal .

  40. Martin Pritchard

    In my opinion UBitMenu is an essential purchase for any business migrating to Office 2007/2010. It will pay for itself in no time because it will virtually eliminate the productivity hit caused by staff having to relearn how to use Word, Excel, etc. all over again. If users find the ribbon to their liking, they can migrate to it entirely at their own pace.

    At work we are just dipping our toes in the murky water of Office 2010, and I am strongly recommending they purchase UBitMenu licences, because it’s the only way of rolling out the new version without p***ing off 2,500 staff!

  41. JohnG

    Have downloaded UBitMenu and installed it on two computers running Office 2010 Student version. WELL after ALL that it didn’t work. WHY????

    Advice please!

  42. Toby M

    First of all, the ribbon has a huge disadvantage compared to the menus. IT EATS UP MY SCREEN!!!! Especially on smaller LCDs, this is a big problem. I don’t understand why the stupid thing can’t minimize.

    As for features “buried” in menus…I knew how to find all the ones I needed. If I didn’t know how to get a feature, I’d Google it and find the menu.

    I’ve used the ribbon now on one laptop for about a year, and it has NOT become more intuitive for me. I believe really good software should provide different ways for users to accomplish the same thing, since everyone’s brain is different. Stupid on Microsoft to not provide both…but then again, they are always always arrogant and paternalistic, so what do we expect?

  43. Neil H

    Brilliant! Sanity returns. I don’t mind Microsoft dumbing down Word for the masses, if they feel they must, but they should not take it on themselves to destroy the productivity of proficient users in the process.

  44. Kevin Li

    I think the Classic Menu for Office Home and Student 2010 provided by Addintools includes more commands.
    It is free, and not only includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, but also include OneNote menu.
    Most of the old shortcut keyboard are still available, by entering Alt+Q+T to browse the tools menu.

  45. AeSix

    I’ve noticed something… It’s a generality, so does not apply 100% of the time, however:
    The users who like the ribbons interface are female, and rather feminine at that, while males tend to dislike the interface. Most female I’ve asked about the ribbons, like them “It makes it so nice to use” On the other hand, almost every male I’ve asked, has responded negatively, some even cursing, but all mentioning productivity drops. Oh, also, I’ve talked about ribbons with upwards of 10-12 females and about the same number of males. Close to 75% of the people I’ve talked to about ribbons, has a dislike for them, from mild annoyance to down right anger.

    I said this to lead in to this: SquareWheel, are you female?

    Microsoft, did you not hear about Women’s Lib? Apparently, from my understanding, one of the things they wanted, was to no longer have the stereotype of “secretary” – You’re doing such a wonderful job throwing out 5 decades of progress by making a UI that is female-only friendly. Great Job! Now, I’m not sexist, I’d make a great secretary – if only I could use the ribbons without getting so upset that I want to donkey punch the first person who calls.

    Now, to have to use a search engine to find how to do something in a program that should be as intuitive as mayonnaise sandwiches, is just ridiculous. Especially if you KNEW how to use the feature in previous releases.

    I am recommending this product to everyone I talk to now.

  46. Keith Miller

    SquareWheel’s name says all you need to know.

    I’ve just downloaded this and will try it out. I’ve been killing myself (as had my wife) against this doofus ribbon and getting no-where. It’s counter-intuitive and dis-organized.

    I might actually be able to use Office again with this tool.

    Keith.
    Excel 2003 guru, Excel 2010 reject.

  47. Kellytang

    I am using Classic Menu for Office created by Addintools.com. To be honest, Classic Menu for Office 2007/2010 created by Addintools.com seems more useful.

    UBit menu only bring classic menu for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. However, Classic Menu for Office 2007/2010 can bring old menus and toolbars for all Microsoft Office 2007/2010 Ribbon, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Accss, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, InfoPath, Project, and Visio.

    In addition, I can enable or disable classic menus from Ribbon with Classic Menu for Office 2007/2010.

  48. Caro

    UbitMenu would be great if the menu it generates could be easily… customized! I like the 2003 interface, but with the changes I did in the toolbars. :(
    It seem to be possible (I’m not sure) to edit the code of the UBitMenu Add-on (if you have a lot of spare time), but I did’nt succeed yet… character encoding problem.
    Does anyone have a solution?
    Thanks!

  49. jan

    Thank you, Matthew. Now I can create a simple letter quickly again!

    I formerly taught students in community college how to use the Office suite, so I’m not illiterate. We constantly upgraded. I’ve noticed the newer versions could work well for folks who didn’t understand anything but slowed production for the experienced.

    I’m going directly from 2003 to 2010. Is that my problem?

  50. alex

    GREAT WORKS! Keep going to clean up all dazzling MS mess!
    Many thanks!

  51. Hazwaste

    As yet another of the “old-timers” having >20 yrs with classic menus (sans ribbons and dropdowns), I have very grudingly switched to MS Office 2010 (after a sojourn to OpenOffice, which worked just fine except for a very serious memory leak for large files). I agree with many other of my fellow curmugeons that MS ought to shoot the creator of the ribbon (but they won’t), and esp. the crew who subtilely changed all the default character sets! (Many thanks for solving the most nagging 1.16 line spacing between paragraphs for me. Now if I can just keep the menu bars from disappearing and learn how to erase all the accumulated entries from the ribbon I may survive.

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