Some of my Microsoft Office applications were 10 years out of date so a few months ago I decided to take the plunge and update to Office 2010. I can tell it’s better but why Microsoft decided to dump their menu for these programs is beyond me. I’ve spent a lot of time searching for some basic commands. I’ve even, for the sake of office time, saved the document to the older format and moved it to my desktop computer which hasn’t been upgraded yet, and finished it there. I had one Powerpoint presentation all finished except that I wanted the slide numbers to show. After 5 minutes of trying to do it, I saved the presentation, opened it on my desktop in an older version of Powerpoint, turned on page numbering, saved it and walked away.
Finally I got the bright idea that out here on the internet somewhere, someone must have written an add on that restores the old menu. Sure enough, there is. It’s called UBitMenu and it’s a free download for private use. Now, let me mention that I’ve not thoroughly tested this, but it appears to be just what the doctor ordered. It adds the “classic menu” to Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. Check it out here. Once installed, you’ll see a “menu” tab. Click on it, and you’ll feel right at home again.
Also, I’ll mention that I’ve always liked the Windows 95 start menu. When XP came out it had the built in option to turn that menu on rather than the “new and improved” XP version. Then, when Windows 7 came out (I really like it, by the way) it had the Vista menu only. Off I went to the internet and, once again, I found the problem solved, it’s called Classic Shell and it does just its name implies: it restores the Classic Menu option.