How to make Excel 2007 look like old Excel

Tessa Princessa

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Hi everyone, I'm new here and this is my first post, so forgive me if I break any rules or don't do things right.

I've just had Office 2007 installed on my computer and I HATE the new Excel layout. Is there any way I can get the old look back - I liked the old customizable toolbars and I hate these new ribbons.

I know there's one customizable easy access toolbar. Is there a way I can get more toolbars and get rid of these dangblasted ribbons?

Any help (or even just sympathy) would be appreciated.
Cheers,
Tess
 

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guess nobody likes change

I wish my company was threatening to get 2007 or vista for that matter.
 

Scott Huish

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I wish my company was threatening to get 2007

I don't. Then I would have to go find every VBA routine I've written that used Application.FileSearch :(

I still wonder who Microsoft talked to to determine that no one used it. :unsure:
 

Richard Schollar

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I wish my company was threatening to get 2007

I don't. Then I would have to go find every VBA routine I've written that used Application.FileSearch :(

I still wonder who Microsoft talked to to determine that no one used it. :unsure:


Absolutely! Me too - that's a really annoying thing about 2007 (ribbon & UI aside). I have used FileSearch in so many of my apps at work :(
 

Tessa Princessa

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Make Excel 2007 look like old Excel

Thanks for the input, guys. I appreciate it. I might get that add in tool. Has anyone used it? Does it work well?
Cheers,
Tess
 

sunday_storyteller

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I'd appreciate any feedback anyone has on this, as well. I just installed my Office 2007 (as that's what's available since I just got a new computer). I really dislike the look of it, and nothing is where it would be remotely easy to find. The tabs are most annoying when you are used to drop-downs.

I'm not keen on buying an add-in just to switch it back. (Such a cosmetic thing should be FREE unless Microsoft continues to sell the old version at their website, which if they do, I sure couldn't find it.) And I'm really not thrilled about having to download the add-in rather than pick it up at a store, since I'm trying to avoid putting my computer on the internet at all. I use it mainly for personal bookkeeping, pictures, etc at home, and there's no reason to expose it to the leper-colony of the internet other than to download my virus update definitions (so I don't accidentally get something off a CD if I move files around from my internet machine).

Anyway, I don't want to spring for this add-in unless it really works. Does anyone have experience with it?

Thanks!
 

Alan C23

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I got 2007 last month and because I have to work with it all the time, you do get used to the interface. The cool additions out-weigh the slow-down in the work while learning the new stuff. MS has a program called Interactive Excel 2003 that will show you where all the old stuff can be found in 2007. I keep this on my desktop but refer to it less and less as I learn. This is a good program and it's free. Hope this helps.
 

sunday_storyteller

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Thanks very much. I talked to a co-worker who uses Excel 2007 at home, though we still use 2003 at the office. He said basically the same thing. That there's a learning curve but once you catch up to it, the good far exceeds the bad. So I'll give it a try and see how that works out.

I'm apprehensive, while learning one, about switching back and forth between home and work mode. I hope it doesn't slow me down on both! But I'm sure I'll get used to the back and forth as I get familiar with the new one.
 

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