Add Office 2003-Style Menus to Office 2007 and 2010

Last Updated May 6, 2010 9:07 AM EDT


Can't get used to Office 2007's Ribbon interface? Free plug-in UBitMenu adds "classic" toolbars and menus to Office 2007/2010.

Much as I've come to like the Ribbon, there are times when I simply can't find the feature I'm looking for. While I waste time hunting for it, I grumble about the loss of the old-school menus, which I knew inside and out.

Well, they're back! After installing UBitMenu, just fire up Word, Excel, or PowerPoint and you'll see a new tab next to Home: the aptly named Menu. Click it and you'll find File, Edit, View, Insert, Format, and all the rest of those long-lost drop-downs. And below those, the familiar toolbars.

Despite borrowing from Office 2003's look and feel, UBitMenu retains most of Office 2007's souped-up features, like the more robust Save As sub-menu. You get the best of both worlds.

Needless to say, I consider UBitMenu a must-have for Office 2007/2010 users, especially those who have only recently migrated from an older version of Office. It's free for personal use.

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