Welcome to Office 2010. If you came here from Office 2007, the changes will seem evolutionary. If you arrived from Office 2003 or an even earlier version of Office, the changes are more revolutionary. This chapter provides an overview of what's new since Office 2003 and Office 2007.
If you're completely new to Office and have been using other applications such as OpenOffice, you're likely more accustomed to toolbars and menus than you are to Office 2010's Ribbon, so when contrasting Office 2010's Ribbon with pre-Office 2007's interface, you'll likely immediately grasp just how different the Ribbon is, even if you never touched Office 2003.
The Ribbon is a set of contextual tools designed to put what you need where you need it when you need it. When you click one of the major tabs on the Ribbon, the tools you need for specific tasks should be right where you need them. The ideal result is that you don't need to go looking too far for what you need.
In fact, the Ribbon might actually be considered a kind of toolbar. Instead of a list of different toolbars accessed from the View menu, however, the different parts of the Ribbon are organized into tabs and groups. The result is that more of the tools are exposed to you, making it more likely that you'll discover what ...