As buggy and irritating as Vista was, Windows 7 isn't. A running word count is always present in the lower-left corner, and the new slider bar for zooming in and out is a terrific, no-brainer improvement, particularly for the vision impaired. During the Office 2007 installation, if you choose Customize rather than Install Now or Upgrade, you'll see a list of applications and below them, folders and subfolders showing the tools each application includes. Even better, the setup procedure is dead simple. From the View tab, now you can simply check a box to see a ruler or gridlines, or click the Arrange All button to stack various open Word documents atop each other.
Users can create their own themes, as well. Keyboard shortcuts remain the same; pressing the Alt key displays the corresponding quick key for each Ribbon command. To insert a comment in Word 2007, for instance, you must look under the Review tab instead of the Insert tab. If you postpone this process, you can run the applications 25 times before you must validate your license. Unless you create a shortcut on your own, the Windows Start menu is the only way to access the software initially.
For instance, the new interface better presents page view options that used to be a hassle to get to. What happens when you're sharing work with people who use an older version of Word? Aero Peek shows the desktop when you hover over the right edge of the toolbar, and is also an option in the program-switching hot key Alt+Tab. By agreeing to these terms, you'll allow Microsoft to connect to the Internet for help resources and to retrieve various document templates. . And some options, such as for adjusting margins, use an older-style dialog box rather than the live preview menus.
If you're connected the Internet, you can validate your copy of Office 2007 in a matter of moments. For instance, if you deselect Office Tools, you won't get its spell-checking, dictionary, and thesaurus support for languages from Afrikaans to Yoruba. However, the constant shape-shifting of the galleries can be distracting. Once we made our final choices, our separate installations of Microsoft Office 2007 Standard and Professional took between 10 and 15 minutes. And thankfully, Microsoft killed Clippy, the cartoonish helper.
Interface Once you have Word 2007 running, you will notice a completely redesigned toolbar, now known as the Ribbon, with many familiar commands in new places. The Bottom Line If you're ready to let go of old habits from previous versions of Word and want to make sleeker-looking documents, Microsoft Word 2007 is worth the upgrade. Windows Media Player and Device Stage One of the biggest new features makes Windows Media Player useful again: you can now stream media files from one Windows 7 computer to another, across the Internet and out of network. Windows 7 will support both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. Options for positioning an image and wrapping text around it are also front and center, which should be helpful for creating professional-looking business documents, as well as casual party invitations. The three versions that Redmond will be promoting most heavily are , although Starter will also be available to consumers. Hovering over the Show Desktop box reveals the desktop, and then hides it when you mouse away.
Some tabs don't show up until you might need them; for example, you must select a picture to bring up its formatting tab. We're glad that Microsoft does not clutter your desktop or system tray with a shortcut to Office 2007 applications. With this update, Microsoft Word 2007 becomes a more image-conscious application. Luckily for Microsoft, Windows 7 is more than just spin. Drag a program window to the top of your monitor to expand it to full screen. Microsoft Word 2007 Microsoft Word 2007's document types, interface, and some features--very nearly every aspect of this word processor--have changed. Among the small tweaks in Word 2007 that make formatting easier, rollover style galleries let you preview the changes.
Bloggers and researchers may also benefit. It's easier to get a handle on document security, but those who only need basic typing features may not want to relearn the interface or deal with the new file formats. Hover over the preview to show a full-size preview of the program, or click on the window to bring it to the front. The first thing that should stand out is the new taskbar. If you want to work in two windows simultaneously, drag one to the left edge and one to the right edge of your screen, and they'll automatically resize to half the width of your monitor. Although we sometimes mixed up the placement of commands within the Review and References tabs, those features were still easier to find than in Word 2003.
However, less-expensive alternatives handle its core features without the clutter. This is one of the best improvements Microsoft has made--third-party program dock makers are going to have to do some serious innovation when Windows 7 goes public. While it's a challenge to upgrade, those learning Word for the first time may find its features easier to stumble upon than they would have with Word 2003. The Customer Experience Improvement Program allows Microsoft to collect information about how you use Office. Microsoft has created several theme packages to give people a taste for what the feature can do. If you've noticed the missing Show Desktop icon, that's because it's been baked into the taskbar itself.
Click the graphic, and the Picture Tools Format tab lets you tweak the brightness, the color mode, and the contrast of a picture. In the past, you may have applied a change out of curiosity, then hit Undo when it didn't meet your expectations. The Bottom Line Windows 7 is more than what Vista should have been, it's where Microsoft needed to go. Microsoft placed a lot of emphasis on the wow factor of Office's galleries of graphics, which share the Aero look of Windows Vista and are found throughout the Office applications. It's important to note that the public testing process for Windows 7 involved one limited-availability beta and one release candidate, and constituted what some have called the largest shareware trial period ever. Microsoft has taken steps to ease this transition, but we anticipate that it will not be smooth for many users. New picture-editing tools help you deck out documents and play with fancy fonts.
The clean installation took us about 30 minutes, but that will vary depending on your computer. If you're not sure if your current computer can run Windows 7, you can download and run the from Microsoft. It features pinned programs using large, easy-to-see icons. Importantly, it won't require the hardware upgrades that Vista demanded, partially because the hardware has caught up, and partially because Microsoft has gone to great lengths to make Windows 7 accessible to as many people as possible. Vista users merely need to back up their data before choosing the Upgrade option from the install disc.