MS Office 2007 New Features Tutorial – Context Specific Tools
Other than the above mentioned components, the MS Office 2007 new features include contextual tasks. This means that they are not visible as such, until required.
The Contextual Tab appears when you are performing a specific action such as working on images, tables, graphs, or master slides. As with the components mentioned in the above section, these components too are available across the entire range of applications in any MS Office 2007 Suite.
Fig 3.1 (below) shows how the Office 2007 GUI is not affected while you are working with images in MS Word 2007 without selecting the image. When you select the image in the document, the Ribbon is changed to help you make changes and adjust the image. Fig 3.2 offers a glimpse of this scenario.
Similarly, when you have a chart in your Excel sheet and you are not working on it, you get the normal interface (see Fig 4.1 below). Once you click on the chart to select it, the ribbon again changes to offer you contextual menu with editing and formatting options applicable to the chart (Fig 4.2).
The Mini Toolbar (Fig 5) appears only when you select some portion of your work. As soon as you select some text, a transparent toolbar appears that becomes opaque when you place the cursor over it. The Mini Toolbar is helpful in getting tasks done quickly, without having to right click or having to navigate through the Office 2007 Ribbon.
Among other MS Office 2007 new features is the Live Preview. You need not open a dialog box, select an option, and click OK to see the results. MS Office 2007 has a built in feature that allows you to see how your selection will look like as you hover your mouse over any option. This feature makes your work even faster as you do not have to open any dialog box again and again to select different options for obtaining the results you want.
The next page discusses the advanced MS Office 2007 new features - file formats, online help, and collaboration options.