Office flashback

Bring old-school menus to Office 2007 with this clever add-on.

It took a while to get used to the new Office 2007 interface. Nothing was where it was supposed to be, and the now-ubiquitous ribbon was a foreign concept. Hours sifting through menus and the Help file sometimes failed to locate familiar features from previous versions of Office. If you're having problems adapting to Office 2007, you may find that Classic Style Menus and Toolbars for Microsoft Office 2007 is exactly what you need to bring back that old familiar feel.

The program is deceptively simple. Once it's installed, users will find that their Word, Excel, and PowerPoint interfaces have gained a tab titled Classic Style Menus. This tab integrates seamlessly with the rest of the interface and provides all the old Office menus and toolbars, organized the way we'd all gotten used to. Users can even have the program hide some or all of the built-in Office 2007 tabs, leaving only the familiar classic style menus behind. The program doesn't seem to have a Help file, but it's extremely easy to use. For the sake of keeping up with technology, we think it's probably a good idea to take the plunge and just get used to the newer version of Office, but for those who just can't bring themselves to it, this program offers a reprieve, at least for now.

Classic Style Menus and Toolbars for Microsoft Office 2007 has a seven-day trial period. It installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all old-school Office users.

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