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Windows Thread, Classic menus in office 2007 in Technical; Originally Posted by StewartKnight why spend all the money on Office 2007 to turn it into 2003? It's like buying ...
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    Re: Classic menus in office 2007

    Quote Originally Posted by StewartKnight
    why spend all the money on Office 2007 to turn it into 2003?
    It's like buying vista, then turning it into Windows 98!
    Although I totally agree with the "jump in at the deep end and learn it" method I can actually think of a good reason why you might want to do this and at the same time let you all know about something you may want to consider.

    HP appear to be giving away office 2007 with some of their PC's as standard (DC7700 range plus maybe others).

    Curiously though - they still have XP pro as the OS in many cases.

    My plan is to deploy office 2003 and office 2007 and allow them to use either for twelve months but constantly make it clear that 2003 will disappear after that time. This lets them break themselves in gently and for any rush jbs revert back to the familiar.

    It will probably be true that most staff will not look at 2007 until 2003 is removed, but at least there should be a bigger number of staff who can help them transit by then.

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    Re: Classic menus in office 2007

    Be careful limbo,

    Make sure you download the 2007 compatibility pack for office 97-2003 as the file types are NOT backwards compatible and then you will end up with 2 copies of most items if they are switching between them,

    I like the ribbon but my pain is when i am working on a table or something i cannot pull the toolbars down to the main windows,

    But guess what, publisher 2003 can open the 2007 files without any addons, what is happening there

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    Re: Classic menus in office 2007

    Also, every time you switch between 2003 and 2007 it will have to re-configure your settings so wastes a few minutes, so its really not worth putting both out for staff, just use one or the other.

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    Re: Classic menus in office 2007

    Quote Originally Posted by BKGarry
    Make sure you download the 2007 compatibility pack for office 97-2003 as the file types are NOT backwards compatible
    Don't worry - this will be the fourth time we have been through this process through progressive office upgrades over the years.

    Already had to start installing the 2007 compatibility pack as some staff have been trialing it or us since its relase.

    Quote Originally Posted by John
    Also, every time you switch between 2003 and 2007 it will have to re-configure your settings
    Not my experience so far - the two co-exist very happily - just Outlook that it does note really work or, but with this package the changes are not so major - 2000 - 2003 was more drastic.

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    Re: Classic menus in office 2007

    You must be lucky, on my PC here at home I have 2003 and 2007, now if I open word 2003 by mistake it does a mini setup / reconfigure which takes about 3 minutes then changes all my defaults to 2003 again (appart from Outlook as I only have Outlook 2007 on my PC) so its very annoying!

    As for the compatability pack, it is MSI deployable straight from Microsoft, I stuck it on as a GPO item and that solved my problems overnight and as a clever boy I stuck it on the day that WSUS updates installed so all the PCs rebooted at 4am so it was on for the next morning (polishes Halo some more )

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    Re: Classic menus in office 2007

    Interesting to hear that the two co-exist on one PC, I'd heard that they didn't. That could make the eventual transition even easier - I was thinking of doing one IT Suite in 2007 and one in 2003, but both on both seems much better.

    I put the compatibility pack round months ago, long before I even thought of a 2007 deployment as we had people bringing in 2007 files from their home PCs (including some using pre-release beta copies - damn these cutting edge families!! :-) )

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    Re: Classic menus in office 2007

    Even if you do experience the reconifguration problem everytime you log in - surely it is better for staff to have the choice to endure this and still have the lifeboat of the familiar software rather then just setting a date and switching everything over overnight.

    Most staff probably will not bother with the new version - but every one person that does bother makes the swap over easier - both in terms of their being one less person to support, and that one person one more person to support everyone else.

    I do not see any other way of performing the transition?

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    Re: Classic menus in office 2007

    I'm a bit dismayed that this turned into another "my opinion" debate, where the original poster was considered a nutter and plenty of admonitions to go forth and sin no more.

    So, to get back to the original point, is it possible to revert the menu bars, and in particular get the old file, edit, view, etc... menu bar or not?

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    Re: Classic menus in office 2007

    Not without paying for it - that seems to be all I can find. That, IMO, is why the thread turned into the whole 'why?' thing. My question was to find out exactly why this was wanted to see what exactly was actually needed.

    However! The poster may have more luck asking in an Office forum somewhere as the knowledge of Office 2007 is not great in education yet.

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    Re: Classic menus in office 2007

    Quote Originally Posted by contink
    I'm a bit dismayed that this turned into another "my opinion" debate"
    And don't forget the "That is a stupid way to do it but cannot give you any alternative methods because I have not really though about doing it yet" debate.

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    Re: Classic menus in office 2007

    I found this add-on that reverts word 2007 to using toolbars
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/ma...223051033.aspx
    It has both download and purchase options so I doubt it will be limitaion free without handing over some cash.

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    Re: Classic menus in office 2007

    Quote Originally Posted by thom
    I found this add-on that reverts word 2007 to using toolbars
    http://office.microsoft.com/en-gb/ma...223051033.aspx
    It has both download and purchase options so I doubt it will be limitaion free without handing over some cash.
    Yup...

    Although no idea if they have education pricing...
    http://www.addintools.com/english/me...melicenses.htm

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    Re: Classic menus in office 2007

    Not sure how helpful this is, but here's a good quick article on the subject;

    http://uksbsguy.com/blogs/doverton/a...t-choices.aspx

    Sorry for digging up old threads.

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    Re: Classic menus in office 2007

    The link to http://in.geocities.com/shahshaileshs/ looks promising - says it's a free tool - can't see it from here - blocked by our filter

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    Re: Classic menus in office 2007

    We had a student some and complain I'd put Office 2007 in the small study room. I said 'Give it an hour you'll love it'.

    They came back after the lesson and agreed, found all sorts of features that they hadn't used before.

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