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Chapter 2. Customizing the Office Interface > What's New in Office 2003

What's New in Office 2003

The building blocks of the Office interface—menus, toolbars, task panes, and wizards—haven't changed much from those found in Office XP. Office 2003 makes more extensive use of task panes than its predecessor, and some menu choices have been shuffled around or renamed for the sake of usability, but the essentials should feel refreshingly familiar. If you're upgrading from Office 2000 or earlier, the changes will be more substantial, and you'll want to pay special attention to the tips and techniques in this chapter.


The first step on the road to becoming an Office expert is customizing the menus and toolbars that come with each program to match your personal working style. At a minimum, you'll want to clear away toolbar buttons for features you never use and add buttons for those you use most often. You can drag commands directly onto visible toolbars and menus, or use the Rearrange Commands dialog box (new in Office 2003) to examine and edit all existing menus and toolbars, visible or not.


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