Learn Office 2007 with Ribbon Hero

By | Feb 24, 2010

One of the biggest problems with Office 2007 is that the interface of the programs is very different from previous versions of Office.  Tasks you can usually do with your eyes closed have become absurdly hard in 2007 simply because we have to relearn the interface.  Once you figure out the interface, you’ll find that Office 2007 is really a great set of programs, but you might pull your hair out learning it.

Well, the folks at Microsoft have finally come up with a way to help us learn the new interface.  It’s called Office Ribbon Hero, and it’s a game to help you learn the 2007 interface and new functionality.  It installs seamlessly with all of your Office programs, and you earn points just through doing your every day work.  However, you can also complete the “challenges” within Ribbon Hero to go through tutorials teaching you the new interface.

Office Hero is still in beta, and it has a few bugs (some challenges don’t update properly), but I’ve really enjoyed playing and learning some really great functionality that I didn’t even know existed in Word 2007.  I’ve played through most of the challenges in Word 2007, and I’m looking forward to playing in the other Office programs as well.  If the game is popular, Microsoft is planning to release new content and challenges for it in the future, to help you lean to use more advanced functions in the Office Suite of programs.

If you want to learn the ins and outs of Office 2007, download and install Office Ribbon Hero.  Remember, it’s important to keep your software skills top notch, especially in today’s challenging employment environment.

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5 Comments so far
  1. Lilly (1 comments) March 5, 2010 12:21 pm

    You are a breath of fresh air to admins everywhere. I am loving this blog that I just stumbled on today. I am an experienced Executive Assistant who took a 10-year break to raise children, and I’m finding the landscape has changed dramatically, particularly MS Office! Thank you for a great post about a much-needed learning tool… I’m on it!

    (P.S. Microsoft Office 2010 Beta has a slightly better interface combining the user toolbars of Office 2003 with 2007 … I can’t wait for its release)

  2. Danielle (1 comments) March 7, 2010 8:18 pm

    Jodith – this is fabulous! I totally love it! Just did a few of the Excel exercises. I teach an Administrative Professional course at a business college and I think this would be a great tool for my students to use in the class room. I’m going to have IT install this on my students computers! Thanks so much!
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  3. Jodith (189 comments) March 13, 2010 12:13 pm

    I’m glad you’re finding it useful, Danielle. It was great for me learning the transition between 2003 and 2007, and learning some of the new functionality in 2007 that I hadn’t found yet.

  4. Jodith (189 comments) March 13, 2010 12:15 pm

    Hi, Lilly. Thanks for commenting.

    One thing I’m always preaching is that the admin field has changed hugely just in the last decade. Bosses are looking for assistants with a wider range of skills in the past, and the more you know, the more marketable you are.

    I’ve downloaded 2010, but haven’t started playing with it yet. I need to make some time in my schedule to work with it. My husband’s been using it for about a month, and he agrees with you that the interface is definitely improved.

  5. Anu (3 comments) April 9, 2010 4:22 am

    I think learning something like Office 2007 through a game is a very good idea. This sure is like a blessing for all office users. All companies require experienced office user and what else do we all require. Thanks a lot for this post.

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