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Office 2011 for Mac

Office 2011 for Mac was put on retail shelves last November (2010) and I got my copy right away. I am thrilled to see the ribbon, though it has taken a bit of getting used to as it's not quite the same format as the PC versions. I particularly like the way the ribbon doesn't just give you context-based tools as it does on the PC; it also adjusts based on the view.

There's a new media browser which makes accessing iLife and iTunes files easier and now there's Microsoft clipart, shapes and text symbols available from the same window.  Something else that's new is the Visual Styles feature. The styles in your document are identified by colour-coded markers.  Any text that has been modified from the default style is highlighted and easy to edit.

VBA is back! Not sure why Microsoft thought it a good idea to take it away in 2008, but now it's back so I can make some time-saving macros again.

Some other features that'll improve your Office experience are the enhanced conditional formatting, chart and SmartArt options.

I could go on and on, but I'd rather direct you to an article that pretty much covers the new and enhanced features of Office 2011. Visit Mac|Life to learn more.

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Guest - Donna Douglas (website) on Tuesday, 19 April 2011 13:03

Your posts are like nuggets of knowledge, Deborah. Thank you!

Your posts are like nuggets of knowledge, Deborah. Thank you!
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