Monday, March 06, 2006

Making features easier to find and quicker to use

Developing "Find" usability in Excel 12 ...

"One of the things the ribbon afforded us a chance to do was to make existing Excel functionality (meaning functionality already available in current versions of Excel) easier to find and quicker to use. Today I thought I would walk through a few (but in no way exhaustive) examples.

Find can be more than just find - Most users are likely familiar with Edit|Find, which allows users to look for text in their Excel document. Not as many are familiar with the fact that you can find all cells that have conditional formatting applied, all cells that contain formulas, or all cells that contain comments, primarily because there is a separate UI path to get at these capabilities (Edit|Go To … and then the “Special” button). In Excel 2007, we have merged “Find”, “Go To Special”, and a few other capabilities in one control in the Ribbon, which our research shows helps users discover and take advantage of functionality they did not previously know existed."   continued ...   (Via Microsoft Excel 12)

Excel 12 Find Menu - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Excel 12 Find Menu

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