How To Find Commands and Functions in Office 2007 the Easy Way

By Brian Burgess on November 11th, 2009

If you’re moving to Office 2003 to 2007 you might have a hard time finding the right commands for creating your documents using the Ribbon. Search Commands is a cool add-in that lets you search and find commands quickly.

Search Commands

Have you ever found yourself in a situation at work where a document has a deadline, and you’re spending too much time searching for commands and formatting features? If you are new to the Office 2007 Ribbon feature it can be extremely frustrating.  That is where Search Commands from Microsoft Office Labs comes in.

During installation you have the option to participate in the Office Labs Analytics. It’s completely up to you, but it can help in further development of this ongoing project.

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After it’s installed you will see a new tab on the ribbon called Search Commands. Click on the tab and enter in your search term and hit enter to get results.

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This example is where I wanted to decrease the font size, and I typed in “smaller” … notice everything related to that search term shows up. This makes it nice in case you’re not sure of the command for what you want to do.

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In this example we want to add bullet points. Highlight the text where the points should go, type “bullet” into the search box, and notice each command is numbered. After the commands come up you can just click the number for the command you want.

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The numbers make it easier to launch the menu right away, but you can also use the mouse to click on what you want.

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The search function will make different suggestions if you spell a search term incorrectly.

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It only works with Office 2007 Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on XP, Vista, and Windows 7 (32-bit versions).

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Search Commands in PowerPoint.

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Conclusion

This is a great add-in that will help you use the Ribbon more quickly when you’re not sure where a function is located. Instead of wasting 15 minutes clicking through the Ribbon to find a simple function. you can find it with search instantly. Once you use it for a while, it becomes very easy to use and will save you a lot of time. If you are looking for a way to make the Ribbon in Office 2007 extremely easy to use, install Search Commands.

Download Search Commands

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 11/11/09
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