Word 2007/10/13 Information

   Word2007/2010 dramatically changes the look and feel of the word processing experience. Word2007/10 has kept (almost) all of the features of previous versions of Word and added many others. It has reorganized and reconfigured them into a radically different display that, to be quite frank, takes some getting used to.

   However, just like we got used to computers in the first place, and learned that the Exit button was the last entry under the 'File' menu, we shall get used to this latest generation of Office products.

   Like most of Word’s other features, Pathagoras has been pushed back a screen and is not visible without clicking on a tab. Look for the tab labelled 'Pathagoras.'

   In subsequent sections, we shall show you:

how to personalize your Quick Access Toolbar, placing the Pathagoras functions you use the most on the Toolbar for one-click access.

how to restore Pathagoras functions in case another program disables it. (This is a rare problem, but we wanted to give you up front the steps for correcting it.)

  First, let's tour.

   Below is what the Word2007/10 screen looks like. A standard editing screen takes up the majority of the screen. At the top is the 'Ribbon and Tabs' interface which allows access to the various editing and display tools



Figure 1. The Word2007/10 screen.

   Pathagoras is located under its own Word2007/10 tab labeled ‘Pathagoras.’ It is typically one of the rightmost tabs when Word starts up.


   When you click the Pathagoras tab, the standard Pathagoras toolbar appears.


Figure 2. Pathagoras (along with any DropDown Lists) appears in its own tab.
(If you have not upgraded Pathagoras in a while, you will know it rather quickly.
If Pathagoras features are found behind the Add-ins tab, it's time to upgrade!)


   Word2007/10's default action is to revert back to the 'Home' tab, requiring the user to click the Pathagoras tab to display the Pathagoras functions. However, trying to be as helpful as possible, Pathagoras attempts to to keep Pathagoras commands 'at the ready' by returning to the Pathagoras tab after you perform a function where the next logical action is a Pathagoras function.

   You can also customization the Quick Access Toolbar ('QAT') by adding your frequently used Pathagoras features. Read the next sections to learn how to personalize your QAT.


Frustrated that Word2007/10 shuts down when you close the last document?

   Here is a hint that has nothing to do with Pathagoras, but which will save you countless instances of having to reopen Word2007/10 when it closes unexpectedly.

   Microsoft decided to change the rules regarding how it closes down Office applications when you 'X-out" the last document. In 2003 and prior versions, the default action was to present a totally 'blank' screen, but  Word itself remained open. With 2007/10, Word shuts down. Gone. Kaput. To begin another document, you have to restart Word. How crazy is that?

   Not only that, but the only warning that you have hit the last document are the buttons at the bottom of the Windows desktop that keep track of open programs. Who looks there?

   To prevent Word from closing, close documents (or at least the last document) by using the Ctrl-W shortcut. The document is closed, but Word is not.

   We hope this helps.

---Your friends at Pathagoras