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How to Find Office 2003 Commands in Office 2010

Are you new to the ribbon interface in Office 2010?  Here’s how you can get up to speed and learn where everything is quickly and easily.

Microsoft has made an interactive guide to Office 2010’s new interface to help users learn their way around the new version.  If you’ve already used Office 2007, then Office 2010 will be very easy to transition to, but if you’re still using Office 2003 you may find the learning curve more steep.  With this interactive guide, upgrading your Office skills doesn’t have to be hard.

Learn Your Way Around the Office Ribbon

Open the Office 2010 interactive guides site (link below) in your browser, and select the Office app you want to explore.


The guides are powered by Silverlight, so if you don’t already have it installed you will be prompted to do so.


Once the guide has loaded, click Start to begin.


Select any menu or toolbar item in the Office 2003 mockup.  A tooltip will appear to show you how to find this option in Word 2010.


If you click the item, the interface will switch to an Office 2010 mockup and will interactively show you how to access this feature.  The Thumbnails view isn’t available by default in Word 2010, so it shows us how to add it to the ribbon.  When you’ve figured this command out, click anywhere to go back to the Office 2003 mockup and find another item.


Currently the guides are available for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, but the site says that guides for the other Office apps will be available soon.  Here’s the PowerPoint guide showing where the Rehearse Timings option is in PowerPoint 2010.


Install the Interactive Guides to Your Computer

You can also install the guides to your computer so you can easily access them even if you’re not online.  Open the guide you want to install, and click the Install button in the top right corner of the guide.


Choose where you want the shortcuts, and click Ok.


Here’s the Interactive Word 2010 guide installed on our computer.  The downloaded version seemed to work faster in our tests, likely because all the content was already saved to the computer.  If you decide you don’t need it any more, click Uninstall in the top right corner.


Download Office Cheat Sheets

If you’d like a cheat-sheet of Office commands that have changed or are new in Office 2010, Microsoft’s got that for you, too.  You can download Office reference workbooks (link below) that show how to access each item that was in Office 2003’s menus.  Here’s the Word guide showing where each of Word 2003’s commands from the help menu are in Word 2010.


Learn Your Way Around Office 2007, Too!

Microsoft offers similar interactive guides for learning the ribbon in Office 2007, so if you’re still using Office 2007 but can’t find a command, feel free to check it out as well (link below).  Guides are available for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook 2007.  You can also download cheat sheets for Office 2007 at this site as well.  Here’s the tutorial showing us where the font options are in PowerPoint 2007.



We have found the ribbon interface to be a great addition to Office, but if you’ve got years of Office 2003 experience under your belt you may find it difficult to locate your favorite commands.  These tutorials can help you use your old Office knowledge to learn Office 2010 or 2007 in a quick and easy way!


Office 2010 interactive guide

Download Office 2010 reference workbooks

Office 2007 interactive guide

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  • Published 05/4/10

Comments (11)

  1. Don

    I do not understand why MicroSoft chose to change their interface for their Office products. I’ve never used a Mac, but I’m thinking that maybe they are trying to attract Mac users? In any case this only makes OpenOffice more attractive because it still uses the same old interface and it is FREE! What is MicroSoft thinking?

  2. Eric Richardson

    I bought 2007 through a corporate discount scheme for £8, and could not believe what I was seeing when it launched. A program I had no idea of how to use! It took me 5 mins to find Print for goodness sake!

    What were they thinking with this idea? Surely the fact that you have to create a mock up of the old interface to allow you to learn to use the new one should have had been ringing alarm bells at HQ!

    As a result of this I’ve reverted fully to 2003, and am now dabbling with Openoffice too.

    Surely one of their biggest mistakes ever?

  3. PhilH

    I’ve “installed’ the Word, PowerPoint and Excal interactive guides fro Office-2010 on a Windows-7 PC and on an XP PC. Both have SilverLight installed, and it works on other silverLight apps. When started, all they do is open to a blank screen. They work fine on-line, though. They didn’t indicate any problems during the install.

    Anyone else have this experience?

  4. newbie

    Microsoft already made a good add in for office 2007 to help people solve problem on ribbon.
    it is called “search command”. find it on Microsoft office lab. :D be happy

  5. Eddie

    I think there have been minor gripes about 2007, 2010. It works great for many that have been using it – these are the novices that use it at home – the most they do is format a paragraph a bit and spell check. But with the economy the corporates which have all of the Office power-users haven’t switched over yet. Sh%t will really hit the fan when that happens. Its the power-users that are impacted by the GUI change. One of my clients just switched over. Has a techpubs group which cannot do anything more than my mother of 70 at this point; creating a professional looking document is nearly impossible because you can’t find all of the hidden formatting tricks. OMG. Productivity at a standstill. Figures…. all Apple had to do was stay status quo and let MS bring their own downfall.

  6. Suahil Sabbah

    Microsoft requires “MS DOS” knowledge for decades, but does not respect whatever you have learned from a few years old office interface! I am for innovation, but keep an option for utilizing your x-knowledge. The same with me. I turned back to office 2003, because the new interface is -excuse me- nonsense. I think that Microsoft developers look for good TV shows rather than actual knowledge transition in logical manners.

  7. Steve

    I have just bought new laptop with Office 2010 Starter pre-installed. But after a several weeks attempting to use it by family & myself, I am intending to uninstall and revert back to 2003. But may consider Open Office or, if we really have to learn pretty well from scratch make a total switch to Mac as we need other new kit too. Compared to most of my family and colleagues, I am an advanced user but find this toitally frustrating; I use a limited range of functiona and want quick and easy acces to them. This comnpletely misses the point for the average user. I previously made the mistake of acquiring a cororate discounted copy of 2007 and uninstalled it after a few weeks. Dreadful and infuriating hassle attempting to get back up to speed with my work. I haven’t got time to watch videos or sweat over manuals (would be nice if there was one).

  8. james

    we can also use an addin named Ribbon Finder for Office to find out the commands

  9. annoyed w/ microsoft

    I can’t understand why they changed it so drastically either. I have been using 2003 for about 5 years and recently got a laptop installed with 2010. WOW what a difference I wasn’t expecting that. I quickly got frustrated with it as I couldn’t find anything so I installed 2003 and have it alongside 2010. If I need a document saved in 2010 I simply type it up in 2003 and then open it in 2010 and save it in docx format. It’s a lot less of a hassle than spending hours playing around with 2010 trying to figure out its features. I mean it’s fine if you just want to type up something quick but when creating presentations and other things it’s too much of a hassle to find what you need.

  10. Kellytang

    I loved the Ribbon interface at first glance. It should be easier and effective. Nevertheless, it isn’t.

    Thank goodness, Classic Menu for Office 2010 helps me greatly. This Office 2010 add-in brings old drop down menus and toolbars under Menus tab. I can find out all Office 2003 commands from these old menus in Office 2010.

    The most important thing is that Classic Menu for Office eases my transition from Office 2003 to 2010. I can work with Office 2010 immediately without any training. Surprise I am getting used to Office 2010 Ribbon step by step. You should try it! You may get this software from

  11. Red

    I agree as a business user is should ship with this standard alternative, I dont have time to learn a new interface on the job but over time will come to know it…

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