Thursday, July 20, 2006

Taking the Minimized Ribbon to the Max

Interesting video illustrating UI interaction in Office 2007...

"One of the many areas in which we've spent time since Beta 2 has been making working with the collapsed Ribbon a more realistic option.

Since the very first public build of the new user interface, you've been able to collapse the Ribbon to just the names of the tabs by using CTRL+F1 or by double-clicking the selected tab. The design goal here was that when you wanted a maximum amount of screen real-estate in which to work with your document, you could get all of the UI out of your way at once. In fact, one of the main advantages to consolidating all of the UI into one place is that you can turn it off or on all at once.

In this "collapsed" mode, your document expands to fill virtually the entire available window. One piece which remains on the screen is your customizable Quick Access Toolbar, into which you can put any commands, buttons, or groups of controls you wish.

I often use this mode myself when I'm reading or performing simple formatting on a document; I use the Mini Toolbar and context menus to perform my basic tasks and then bring up the Ribbon when I want to do some more in-depth work."   (Continued via Jensen Harris)       [Usability Resources]

Minimize the tool in conjunction with keyboard shortcuts- User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Minimize the tool in conjunction with keyboard shortcuts

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