If you’re suffering from withdrawal symptoms and missing the classic menu for Office, you’re not alone. For a company that normally puts backward compatibility at a premium, Microsoft sure got it wrong with Office 2007 and it’s successor Office 2010.
All the familiar menus you’ve grown to love or hate have disappeared and in their place is a new – supposedly better – system that would be fine if you were just learning to use Office but turns the air blue if you’re used to things being where they always have been.
Unusually there’s no option to switch back to the classic menu for Office. But fortunately there’s an add-on available which puts all your old, familiar menus back into your sparkling new copy of Office. Phew!
It saves headaches and relearning/retraining costs…
Which leaves you yearning for Classic Menu for Office
There’s actually not much to review about Classic Menu for Office.
It does exactly what it sets out to do (and, in my opinion, what Microsoft should have done anyway):
It adds back all your familiar menus and gets rid of that horrible looking, awkward to use, ribbon menu where even the simplest of tasks are buried somewhere completely counter-intuitive.
It saves all the hassle of wondering where all the shortcuts have moved to. So if you’re wondering where simple things that you use in Office every day have moved to, it’s a simple matter of installing the classic menu for Office and not having to go through all the re-learning.
So if you value your sanity but need to keep up with the times then: