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The three most important new features of Word
involve security, paste formatting, and image
manipulation. Word also opens faster than its
predecessor. On our Toshiba Qosmio X505, the
average open time ranged from 7.1 to 1.5 seconds
in Word 2010.
For security, there's Protected View, which kicks
in when you open a potentially unsafe document,
such as an e-mail attached Word file. In this view
mode, you cannot edit the document and it cannot
run macros, ActiveX controls, or other dangerous
MICROSOFT OFFICE 2010 TESTED
A customizable ribbon, better image manipulation, video editing, and the ability to share
presentations online make this the best Office yet.
by Avram Piltch
Every few years, Microsoft refreshes its industry leading productivity suite and gives the millions
of consumers and businesses that run older versions of the software a difficult choice: pay for
an upgrade or stand pat? With the recent release of Office 2010, Microsoft has upped the ante
with a variety of new features, ranging from video editing and online conferencing in PowerPoint to
better copy-and-paste options in Word.
The most obvious visual difference between 2010 and 2007 is the replacement of the light blue
wallpaper and accents that surround your documents with a light gray background. You'll also notice
a new File menu tab in the ribbon, replacing the Office logo in the upper left corner. The File tab
opens Backstage View, which shows options for printing, sharing, or saving your document in various
formats. We found it somewhat annoying to have another screen appear on top of our documents
when we wanted to save or print in default mode. Power users can avoid the Backstage view by
hitting such keyboard shortcuts as Ctrl + S or Ctrl + P.
Backstage does have its uses. On the Info tab, you can not only see valuable information such as
the word count and last modified date in Word, but also revert to earlier versions of a document, check
for accessibility and sharing problems with your file, and set permissions that limit access to it.
The controversial ribbon menus are back, now allowing you to customize the view by adding your own
tabs or removing the default ones. You can also minimize the ribbon by right-clicking on it. Now that you
have a feel for the refreshed interface, here's our take on Office 2010's updated programs.
elements that could infect your PC.
When it comes to pasting, now you can choose
to Keep Source Formatting, Merge Formatting, or
Keep Text Only when cutting from a web docu-
ment to a print document. As you roll over each
option in the contextual menu, you can see your
pasted content change and decide which one
works out best.
As soon as you insert an image and click on
it, a Picture Tools menu appears at the top of the
ribbon. This allows you to crop, rotate, apply a
border, or apply any number of special effects,
such as bevels, glows, or reflections to a picture.
Each of the special effects looked good and
worked without a lot of hassle. Our favorite was
Remove Background, which attempts to clean the
background out of images so you can silhouette
Even better, you can take screenshots from Word
with the click of a button. Unfortunately, Word only
captures the visible area of whatever window you
select; it won't scroll down to grab an entire web
page from a browser window. If you prefer to grab
just a section of the screen rather than a particular
window, you can choose Screen Clipping and the
Word window minimizes.
There aren't many obvious changes in Excel, as most
of the features Microsoft touts involve improved ac-
curacy or new algorithms for very high-end statistical
functions such as binomial distribution or hyperbolic
arcsine. Excel 2010 maxes out at 1,048,576 rows,
still more than Excel 2003's 65,536 rows.
Using Sparklines, you can create a tiny chart or
graph that lives in a single cell right next to your
data. To test this feature, we highlighted a column
of 4G upload and download speed results we got
earlier this year while testing mobile broadband
cards and hit the Sparklines button. With a single
click, we had a tiny chart that showed how much
faster 4G was than 3G.
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