Make Word 2007 look like Word 2003

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I’ve heard from more than a few people that they don’t really like the changes to the layout that came with Microsoft Office 2007. Things sort of got moved around so until you get used to using it, finding those familiar functions is not quite the same as it was before.

For some users, the solution was clear: this is the way it is, so just keep using it and get used to it. I personally adopted this mindset, knowing that people would be asking me questions about how to do this or that, and I would need to have answers. I have adapted and I don’t really even think about it any more.

For others, there is the “I-don’t-want-to-change-and-I-won’t-change” mentality. That’s fine, as long as you can keep using your old Microsoft Office 2003 version. And now, with the availability of a new add-on, you can make your Word 2007 look like Word 2003. This software just adds a tab called “Classic” to your Word 2007 interface, bringing you back into your comfort zone. More information and download here.

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May 14th, 2009


December 18th, 2009

They didn't just get moved; some of the functions got dropped (e.g. the style gallery at the side) and the ability to customise the too bars.

I've just been "upgraded" and frustration levels are through the roof.

Scott Johnson
December 19th, 2009

It does take some getting used to, but I definitely like it better than previous versions now.

January 6th, 2010

Thank you so much!!!! I use the Styles and Formatting a lot when writing word documents and it just took too long and was too complicated with the new version of word. They seem to be striving to make the programme as easy as possible for the basic user but they are sacrificing functionality and ease of use for more regular and proficient users.

Very very frustrating and a big step backwards in my opinion.

January 14th, 2010

I agree with the January 6 post. I really don't like 2007. It sacrifices advanced functionalities. I don't know why ms is doing so. In 2007 ppt, you can not edit and change figure color in customized fashion.