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Office 2010 Backstage View

VERSION: 14.0.4006.1110

Two days ago, I blogged about the “Office Button” (or the “Office Tab”, as I see it). In that post, I showed a picture of the “Backstage view”, which is shown when you click the Office Button.

The great thing about the Backstage View is that you have, at your finger tips, many features related to your document such as print options, new document options, share options, etc:

Figure 1: "Info" Backstage view

Figure 2: "New" Backstage view

Accessing the Backstage will give you everything you need to do once you have created your document. You can set the document’s properties, encryption, printing properties, etc.

Through the Backstage, you and your colleagues will have all the Metadata that really matters about the document at your and their fingertips.

The other fantastic feature comes in the form of extensibility. Backstage view allows developers to build applications that control and add features to it. In this way critical information about the status of a project being tracked by a document can be easily accessed through the Backstage view.

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Microsoft Excel 2010: Office Button gives place to "Office Tab"

VERSION: 14.0.4006.1110

I have officially gotten hold of Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview and have it now running in a virtual machine for testing. The first thing we notice is that the Office Button has given place to the "Office Tab". Well, the name officially remains as "Office Button", but it does not look like a button to me. It is really a tab, but there you go:

Figure 1 & 2: Office Button (version 12) and Office Tab (version 14)

The cool thing, however, is when you click on this "Office Tab". Now, we have a nice-looking screen where you can choose options from. The feel is similar to the "welcome screen" of Access 2007. I think this is a much cleaner way to expose features than in Microsoft Office 2007:

Figure 3: Office Tab screen

When you click on "Print" for example, instead of the usual Print Dialog Box, you simply get all the necessary stuff on a similar screen. Sweet! However, the thing I did not like was the "back" button. I think it is unnecessary and confusing. It would be better to simply keep the other tabs visible and the user can simply click on a tab and move away from the Office Tab and go about her merry way. I hope Microsoft will realize this is a hindrance and keep all tabs visible.

The contents of the tabs remain pretty much the same except for the "Insert" tab. I will be looking at it tomorrow and posting some of the new stuff. It is time to hit the hay!

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Microsoft Excel | Microsoft Office 2010

Excel 2007: Pulsating (flashing) Office Button

In Office 2007, Microsoft introduced what is widely known as the "Office Button". This is a button that functions in the same way as the old "File" menu, which gives you tools to work with the file such as Save As, Print, etc.

Have you e
ver wondered why the Microsoft Office Button flashes? Or how to make it flash again?

The first thing to know is that the Button flashes for discoverability reasons, that is, it flashes with the implicit and silent message: "Hey, I am here! Click me!". Once you have "discovered" the Office Button, it will stop flashing in all of the Office applications.

Here's a cool trick to get the Office Button to flash again by tweaking the Windows Registry. Have fun!

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Excel 2007: Pulsating (flashing) Office Button

When you first open Microsoft Office 2007, the Office Button will flash to call your attention to it. It only stops flashin once you have "discovered" it.

A question I got the other day was: how do I get it back to flashing?

You can tweak the Registry key that controls its state. Here how this is done:

1. Click on the Start button and type Regedit (if you use Windows Vista). If you use Windows XP, click StartRun. Type Regedit and press Enter
2. Expand HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Common\General
3. Look for the OfficeMenuDiscovered DWord on the right panel and double-click on it
4. Now, simply change its value to 0 (zero)to indicate it has not been discovered yet. Alternatively, change it to 1 (one) to indicate the opposite

I have also recorded a video which I published on YouTube. You can watch it here:

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