I know different people feel differently about the ribbon (for those not familiar, check out Office 2007) but I must admit I’m a fan. I have liked it since the first minute I used it. I definitely feel like my productivity is up as a result.
I used to have funky issues in Outlook 2003 where it did not always remember where my toolbars were sitting. The ribbon has resolved all of this. I also find myself digging in the menus far less than I used to.
Little tips about the ribbon I’d share that I like….
- Make sure to double click an element in the ribbon or right click it and try “minimize the ribbon”. This is the mode I run in. I like that it is easy to bring back (a single click) but gets you all of that screen real estate again.
- I like in Outlook how it remembers my ribbon minimize setting on a per tool basis. That is to say, I keep it minimized in email viewing but visible in appointment viewing. It remembers this.
The DCR I have spotted that I'd like (so far ;)) is that I wish, when I am in minimize mode, simply hovering over the menu items would bring it back, and following my hovering over neighboring items (like from message to insert) also respected the hover. I have to click. Not the end of the world, but if someone in Office could make this an option you'd have at least one appreciative user.
So someone tonight was waxing poetic about the Office Ribbon bar and how he was running it as "minimized"
My wife who is normally very ho-hum about anything MS does went on a 10 minute diatribe about how great the ribbon is and how many hours it could have saved her in college (The formula ribbon tools alone would have saved her many hours). At first I didn't care much for it but now I cant live without it.