Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the reasons to switch, part of Migrating from Word 2003 to Word 2010.
Word 2010 offers a number of major changes and enhancements that could make upgrading from Word 2003 worthwhile. There is a totally revamped fluent user interface. There are new file formats to help make your work more compatible and secure. And there are a number of productivity tools to help you work more efficiently while creating professionally designed documents. In this movie, we'll get a brief overview of some of these features, before covering them in greater detail later on in this course. We'll begin with the new fluent user interface, which has been designed to help you work more efficiently and improve your productivity.
Microsoft's goal with the new Ribbon is to allow you to spend more time actually doing your work and less time searching for commands, by making them more discoverable and easier to use. You'll also find quick and easy access to relevant commands using the Quick Access toolbar, and then there is also the new mini toolbars that appear whenever you are working with selected text. New file formats will make your work more compatible and secure, especially when it comes to collaborating with others on a document or sharing files. With the XML-based Open XML file format used in Word 2010, you will also notice smaller file sizes, since files are compressed.
With Word 2010, you will be producing more sophisticated and attractive documents because of the new formatting options and powerful functionality, like the Screen Clipping tool and building blocks. Then when it's time to collaborate with others, Word 2010 offers additional conversion options for saving to formats that can be accessed by all, like PDF and XPS formats. So I hope this brief overview has helped to show why you might want to migrate from Word 2003 to Word 2010. We'll be exploring these reasons in greater detail as we move through the various chapters in this course.
- Comparing the Word 2003 and 2010 interfaces
- Exploring the new Ribbon and Backstage view
- Searching for content with the Navigation pane
- Working in a mixed Word environment
- Dealing with file compatibility issues
- Changing the default file format
- Using keyboard shortcuts
- Understanding Compatibility Mode
- Inserting screen clips
- Creating documents with building blocks
- Converting documents to PDF and XPS files