Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Word 2007’s New UI – The Ribbon

Examining the Word 2007 user interface ...

"Now that Word 2007 is out in the wild with a brand new user interface, I figured it would be good to provide a quick overview of Word's new UI—specifically the "Ribbon—and point you at some very cool tools to help you use the new UI.

The Ribbon
While there is a whole lot more to Word 2007's new UI, the first thing you will notice is that all of Word's menus and toolbars have been replaced with a single container that organizes Word's full feature set into a series of tabs. This container is known as the "Ribbon".

In this post, I won't go into detail about the goodness of the Ribbon since Jensen has an entire blog about this, but instead will drill into the components that make-up the Ribbon so you know what you are working with when you get Word 2007.

To start, here's a break-down of the Ribbon into its various components:

• Ribbon = a collection of all the tabs and contextual tabs
• Tab = a container for several groups of related commands. Examples of tabs include "Page Layout" and "Insert"
• Group = a labeled set of closely related features. Examples of groups include "Font" and "Clipboard"
• Contextual Tab = is similar to a normal tab (described above). The difference is that Contextual Tabs are only available when an object is selected in the document.
For example, when a picture is selected, the contextual tabs associated with pictures are available.
• Dialog Box Launcher = the icon that appears in the bottom-right corner of some groups that can be clicked on to open the dialog box relating to the features contained in the group.
For example, the "Font" and "Paragraph" groups each have a dialog box launcher which launches the "Font" and "Paragraph" dialog boxes, respectively."    (Continued via The Microsoft Office Word Team's Blog)    [Usability Resources]

Word 2007 Ribbon - Usability, User Interface Design

Word 2007 Ribbon

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