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      28.07.2013 01:02
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      Will help you get a good professional look to your document, but takes time to learn

      One of the most frustrating things I find about technology today is also the great thing about it. It is constantly improving and updating. The trouble is that keeping up is an expensive task. Over three years ago I bought my last netbook. It was even longer before that I had purchased some Office software and I have yet to get updated. So I installed Word 2007, along with other office applications onto my 2010 computer. I'm still working in this version today and it shocks me to think it is now over 6 years old. I have become more comfortable with using it over the years and most of my coursework reports have been done using this application.

      ***Quick note***

      I have used a few previous versions for a long time in the past and am also fortunate to have a newer version at my disposal at University. I can therefore recognise a few benefits and drawbacks for those familiar with other versions in switching, however I would not want to cause too much confusion to those interested just in this version. In this review I would prefer not to make too many comparisons but will mention where relevant for those interested.

      What is it?

      Microsoft Word is an application developed for making basic text documents, for example reports, agendas, essays, stories, lists or anything you like. You can add pictures, alter the layout and change the font of text to suit a particular style. You can also use templates provided to get you started on a variety of designs for invitations, cards etc. For a more sophisticated design tool, you can buy Microsoft Publisher, or obtain this as part of Office software, but for most basic needs, Word is usually sufficient. Personally, I use Word to type some of my reviews, as well as University coursework and written notes, because my handwriting is illegible!

      It took me some time to get used to using Word 2007 when I first upgraded. For instance, the previous menus had always been the same and this was the first time I had used a version where the menus had completely changed. I spent ages just searching for basic functions that previously I had used all the time, but I have started to get the hang of it and I imagine the designers were expecting the new menus to be more user friendly.

      Interface/Layout

      The general appearance of the application uses shades of pale blue with dark blue text and brightly coloured icons that have shadows to better outline them.

      If you are reading this then it is safe to assume you read from left to right (some languages, like Arabic are read from right to left). I've learnt from Microsoft themselves that when designing computer interfaces you should bear in mind that people will read the screen in a similar manner to reading a book, from top left to bottom right. Following this logic, when I open Word initially, I find the menus ordered from left to right by those most used or most important first. There is a main menu for starting new documents, opening files, printing and other file related activities and this is not named, but instead shown by the Windows logo. To start with I found this confusing, and with this menu and others I found myself opening and closing them to discover what they contained. The other menus are designed as tabs rather than drop-down menus. This means you can click on one menu and keep it open with all the options shown along the top as you keep working. Instead of listing the different functions under each menu, I can see labelled icons with large pictures demonstrating what they do. These act as buttons, for instance to insert a shape into my document, I click the 'Insert' tab and I quickly spot a picture showing three shapes and the word 'shapes' underneath it. When I click this button, I can choose from another drop-down with various pictures, which shape I require. Since I have become familiar with these pictures, even if I forget which menu I need I can quickly find the button because they are so easy to recognise. I do get frustrated browsing through the menus, however, for one or two things that I still forget, like adding references.

      Usability

      I find that when using Word 2007 for its most basic functions, for creating simple text documents, it is fairly straightforward and easy to use. Most people have a version of Word or access to one, and it is easy to open documents in compatibility modes for different versions, so it is also very versatile. The problems for me arise when I try to create anything more complicated. There are specific ways to achieve the look you want, but I get frustrated with automatic formatting and all the different options for wrapping text around tables and images. I do think that to get the best out of this application, it helps to have some level of training, which might sound odd coming from someone who has grown up using Microsoft Office. My mum is one person who still comes to me frequently seeking help with things that really ought to be simpler, like getting text boxes positioned correctly and getting the text inside them right too. Personally I think Word must be user-friendly enough to be so universally in use rather than another application, but could still be improved to make it more accessible to everyone - which I think it should be.

      Ok, Help!

      So what happens when you get stuck? If you are looking for help using the application, there is a help menu, but finding this might be a challenge at first, because it is such a discreetly placed '?' icon in the top right corner! Once found, it links to online help pages, which means it helps to be online! If you are offline then a separate version is available but this might not be as up-to-date or have as much information. I hardly use the help facility nowadays and always found it difficult in older versions to find exactly what I was looking for, but I do think that a lot more information is now available because of it being online and most questions therefore can usually be answered. Questions that I imagine are most common are shown immediately but there is also a keyword search facility to speed up the process to find your answer.

      Formatting

      I think the main area that Word 2007 seems to be good with is making it easier to choose the right font or style of text and to edit objects while selecting them. For the first of these two points, whereas in previous versions of Word I used to have to select the font and change the text and then review the results and undo if I was not happy, now where the fonts are listed they are shown using the actual typeface as it will appear, so you already know what you are getting. This means you can pick out the one that really stands out to you without having to go through trial and error, which is particularly helpful if you are not too familiar with different fonts.

      When any type of object is selected in Word 2007, for example a table or picture, extra menus will appear relevant to that object. For a table made in Word, there will be a 'Design' menu, where you can choose ready made designs and some formatting options and a 'Layout' menu for other options like adding or removing cells, columns and rows. For a picture, a 'Format' menu appears and you can even add a frame around the picture or alter its colour, brightness and contrast to your needs. For me, this is really useful because I do a lot of design related reports and having the right presentation is key. I can take a picture from the Internet or my camera and alter it to fit the format of my report so that it looks more natural.

      You can insert ready made standard shapes, charts and also images from 'Clip Art' into your documents, although I avoid these nowadays because they have become a little cliche and my design lecturers can tell when they are being used! New in Word 2007 is something called SmartArt. These are shapes that might be particularly useful for businesses, like flow diagrams, but designed so that you can easily type into the boxes and they will fit your work nicely. They are also professionally formatted so look great in any document, but be aware that they might not work properly when the document is opened with another program (see below).

      Errors and Issues

      I'm afraid that I have found with all versions of Word that at times the program malfunctions and crashes for no reason. You soon get into the habit of backing up your work as regularly as possible and these days I prefer to work in an application that automatically saves my work to reduce the risk. I can then later copy and paste into word for formatting or sending to other people using Word. Sometimes I notice when scrolling (perhaps my computer memory is struggling to keep up) that it looks like the last few lines have become distorted, but this is usually temporary and re-scrolling solves it.

      Sharing Work

      Often people need to share their work with others and rather than printing out pages and pages, possibly having to post copies, this can obviously be done electronically. One thing I find a bit of a pain is that people all seem to have Word but be working on different versions, so when you share work you have to check that they can actually open it correctly and see the document the way you intended. Work can be saved as a 'compatibility' version for previous versions of Word and should be easily accessible in later versions, but with the former, I have occasionally come across warnings that special features may not work in older versions. For me this was with SmartArt, which I believe was only introduced with Word 2007. My advice would be to avoid using this if the work needs to be available in other versions of Word.

      It is possible to track changes made to a document rather than having to keep saving new versions with new names, and this will allow different users to contribute and also shows their contributions in their own assigned colour ready to be accepted or rejected. I used this alot in my old job because there were often too many chefs in the kitchen, and it saved a few headaches from losing track of what had been done!

      Conclusion

      It might sound silly but I think the reason Word is so mainstream is because it is so mainstream. In the last few years many other companies have cropped up with their own document editing software, but it has to be compatible with Word to be worthwhile unless its user has no need to share their work electronically. Employers, schools and Universities, friends and family and most people I know own a version of Word. It is taken for granted that you can email a document attachment to anyone and they will have the right program to open and maybe even edit it themselves.

      I've seen people complain a lot about this program and I personally find it not always that user friendly, but I really do like the formatting capabilities of Word 2007 and as begrudging as I was about having to get used to the new interface, I would rather not go back. The best features I might hardly ever use, but I do find them inspiring and it is just good to know they are there. I think with a little patience this has become a good application for me.

      Unfortunately for Word 2007 (not for me) I have already experienced 2010 and am hungry to upgrade (hopefully to the Office 2010 or higher in future). However, this was a good enough step to keep me going in between and I have no regrets with sticking it out. There are always going to be frustrating things about applications but I can see some valid improvements. I would probably not recommend going for Word 2007 unless you are getting it really cheap in comparison to a later version, but if you are then it is as good as any.

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        15.02.2010 17:29
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        I am looking forward to be a wizz on it

        I am a bit confused because this 'upgrade' al though looking a lot classier and modern, is really annoying and no where near as easy to work as its predecessor.
        I work a lot on word and excel and in fact most of Microsoft I find very useful both at work and at home.

        I find this new style very complicated and far more difficult than the original word. I expect that in the near future and indeed I HOPE in the very near future I will read this and thinking I was mad. However, as it stands having to do a lot of work with word and finding it difficult to navigate around is proving very frustrating and stressful.

        I do like the changing colours as you can scroll the mouse over the colour and it gives you an immediate preview. Similar to this is the spacing and fonts - they can all be previewed immediately as you scroll over them.

        I do miss clicking the 'file' and 'tools' drop down navigation menus and scrolling down easily to the select the spelling or the word count. For the next few weeks I presume it will be trial and error which to be honest is not really going to be the best parts of my days.

        Let me know how you feel about it - I do believe that it will become a far superior piece of software than I am making it out to be but I guess I am just one for the origionals.

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        01.01.2010 22:38
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        Great for students and businesses

        Microsoft office word is a piece of software designed for writing word documents. It can be used for business, school work, or personal home use and allows the user to create written pieces of work from letters to essays.

        It is currently the latest word publishing software in the microsoft series, although there is a newer version set for release pretty soon. Having just started university, I am forever writing up essays and documents and find word incredibly useful. It is, however, or I find it a little more complicated than previous editions. There is a new glossed look to the interface, many new features and functions that appear a little too daunting when you first use it, especially if you are not used to using word or computers.

        It does have compatibility features too, for example, you are able to save your work in the 97-2003 format, which is if you want to send a piece of work or a document to another computer with an older version of word. Word 2007 cannot however itself read documents from older versions of word, which is a little annoying, especially if you want to open documents that you perhaps wrote before installing the new word.

        Another off-putting feature is ofc the price. Many people are inclined to download this software illegally. Word alone can cost well over £100 (excluding excel, powerpoint etc) As I am a student I got the complete microsoft package for £60 which included excel, word, powerpoint. However I believe it normally costs around £120 for the set, which is better than buying the individual software.

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        04.08.2009 01:54
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        Still worth upgrading to this, just be warned.

        When it comes to word processors, Microsoft has been the leading light for PC systems for some time. However, with the 2007 installment we see the most feature packed word-processor yet with some very noticeable and somewhat unpopular changes.

        Previous versions of Word were familiar due to their standardised interface meaning the user could safely upgrade to the next edition safe in the knowledge that the would be able to navigate their way around it straight away. However, with 2007 Microsoft opted to 'improve' the interface meaning many hours now have to be spent looking for tools and options that you used to be able to find with ease. This, as many agree, is one of the biggest mistakes Microsoft has made turning a familiar design into somewhat of a mystery. Despite this major drawback, 2007 has improved upon the previous errors in other offerings as well as providing improved synchronicity between other office applications.

        I would recommend this however, the new interface ruins what otherwise is a great application.

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        03.08.2009 15:58

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        You have to be the one to decide whether you want to fork out for this software

        Microsoft Word is what most people, from schools to businesses, will use as their primary word processor, and it is very easy to see why.

        It is easy to navigate around, any one even vaguely literate in computers will be up and running instantly. The program opens up with a big page in the middle, with options for formatting etc at the top and bottom.

        You write the text that you want, and it is easy to input pictures and other still media, and format it with borders etc. Then you can do a number of things with the document, email it, print it or copy and paste it.

        It really is easy to use, and has a very comprehensive number options, which would suit a proffesional. It's suitable for a range of seriousness, and fits in everything under one roof.

        It does cost a lot though. At £150, it is very expensive, and you ave to wonder whether you are payng over the odds for the name. There are plenty of free suites out there that are just as good for the home writer. It is understandable that businesses etc would use Word, because of the reasons mentioned above, but you can quite easily find a perfectly good free suite for you at home.

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        03.08.2009 02:55
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        Impossible to navigate, slower install and generally nor worth it.

        After briefly skimming over the other reviews for this product, I can say with certainty that I am obviously one of the few sane people to use this product. When the phrase "radical graphical overhaul" is thrown around, it usually means that the icons are being updraded from 32bit to 64bit, however that phrase would be an understatement when applied to this new version of Office, specifically Word. The user interface of the prior versions of Word has been incinerated and fired into the Sun, then replaced with the revolutionary new design. I say revolutionary, as revolutions should, if not have, been started over this ridiculous new user interface.

        I wouldn't go as far as to say that the original menu setup for Word in the previous editions was straightforward, but having used a near unchanging user interface for nigh on ten years to suddenly have such a drastic change leads me to question the sanity of Microsoft, even more so any company that is willing to "upgrade" to Office 2007 and annul up to a week's worth of productivity from everyone taking several minutes to find out how to insert pictures.

        The pretty new interface only serves to entice people into buying a product that is essentially the same one as has been released many times before, with the exception of the entirely new and unneeded interface. Once again, Microsoft shows their utter lack of marketing savvy, the latest version of Office being produced by the same great minds that brought us the worst Operating System since Windows ME, Vista.

        After the needlessly long install, I opened up Word, albeit slowly, cringing as my computer struggled to load the several hundred-thousand word document while simultaneously straining to construct the new interface. Needless to say, Word was not up to the job, and promptly crashed; paradoxically informing me of the best design improvement yet, an improved document recovery system. As opposed to my previous ventures into this strange and arcane task of document recovery, Word succeeded in its task, loading up my document as it should be before Word crashed, as opposed to the blank pages that I had been rewarded with when this scenario had occured in the past.

        However, you must ask yourself one important question when deciding whether to buy this product, "Is an improved document recovery system and a new way to confuse myself worth £164.58?"

        A handy hint: no.

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          30.05.2009 18:43
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          Improvement on 2003, but only buy if cheap

          Word 2007 is the latest edition of the very successful Word processing software from Microsoft. Word is usually installed on moat PC machines when purchased, but I am not sure if the 2007 edition is installed, as I purchased my version. There are two ways in which a person may purchase Word, this is either separately or in a bundle with other Microsoft applications such as Microsoft office 2007.

          Word 2007 is a radical overhaul of the user interface, in what Microsoft describes as the Ribbon bar. The way this is done is, certain functions will come under a heading, such as Home, Insert, Page Layout etc. When fully laid out the Ribbon is about the same size as the previous Word 2003 version. But importantly the Ribbon can be hidden away, so the only part of the Ribbon visible is the head of each section. What this has done is remove unnecessary clutter on the screen and allows the user to do what it us the program is intended, a word program. I really like this feature as it allows more space for the text to be types and read from the screen.

          Allow what has been removed from the main screen is the traditional File, Edit etc, from the very top of the screen. What has replaced this system is a Microsoft Office logo, that has to be clicked on to access the old system that is still there. As it under here that a new document can be opened, saved, printed and so on. This feature makes the Word and Office system seem more modern than its predecessors.

          Another good feature that, already existed in the older Word systems is the word count, which is an important tool for a university student as you do not want to be going over the assignment word limit. The way this has been improved is by the inclusion of the tool on the main screen, meaning it is always in eye view. Instead of the old way of having to go through the menu system to find the word count; as what I would often find with the old system is I would not know how many words I had typed until I looked, often going over the word limit and having to cut words out. What the new system allows me to do is not go over the word count straight away, as it is always in my mind, meaning I can get straight to point and not have to cut words out. The only problem I have is that with every new document I open, the word count adds into the total, the words in the foot notes, which I do not want adding. The only problem is that I do not know at this time how to turn this off automatically, as every time I start a new document I have to do this and not always remembering to do this.

          Next to the Office logo is the small icons about half the size of the logo; these icons are short cuts to main functions that the user can change or add to as their desire. The short cut are a good idea as it speeds up the processes, as what I have within this menu is save, print and print preview a document, along with the undo button, which I sometimes need.

          A feature that I extremely like is the Windows Office Live function that can be added to the Word 2007 through an update. What Office Live is, is an online storage website that is run by Microsoft so a person can store their document so you can access them when you are not at home, it is like having them stored on a flash drive. The reason this has become a good feature is there is an integrated part of Word 2007 where a person can directly save their document on the Microsoft web server; a person can also open a Word document straight from Word as well.

          Still within Word is the capabilities more than just a word processor, Word can be used to create a mail merge document from other programs like Microsoft Access; or to create tables. But what Word 2007 has done is made these and other features more accessible to users.

          In addition to the previously stated features there has been an update to the illustrations and shape designs section, which can be found under the insert tab on the main screen headings. What has been reconfigured under this section is a direct heading to shapes and a new feature of Smart Art. What Smart Art is, is a new way of putting information into diagram form in a much easier way. The best example of the way this work is a process diagram, there are a number of way this can be displayed, such as an arrow flow chart, so that information is easier to digest for the reader of the document.

          One feature that I cannot access is speech input for dictation, as I am using the new 2007 Word on an XP PC machine. The reason Microsoft give for the omission of this feature within the Word application itself, that most machines that will install this newer version of Word is on either the Vista operating system or their new anticipated operating system Windows 7. Although this is the case many people still use the older XP operating system and this means a feature that people have paid to use is not available. Although at the moment Speech Recognition is still a gimmicky feature that I only use rarely, I feel let down as paid to upgrade and in doing so have lost a feature. But this is only a minor point, as I and probably many other people would not use this interface to do a Word document but the trusted old keyboard.

          In conclusion I would suggest upgrading to Word 2007 if you have the opportunity, and if the price is cheap, as Word is not the cheapest of applications to buy, as a copy can retail for around £100 or more. The only reason why I decide to upgrade was as a university student I had a cheap deal to purchase Microsoft Office Ultimate at a very cheap price (£40!) for being a student, purchasing from ultimatesteal.co.uk, a Microsoft associate website. If you cannot afford to purchase the new Word 2007, then I would advise sticking with the older version you may have, as really it is just as good as the newer version, as it could be stated that the new 2007 version is merely a cosmetic update with a few twitches here and there. Although the changes are minor, I like and enjoy the newer version that the older version, as it more in keeping with the upgrades that Microsoft are making; also Microsoft have made features and options more accessible for the use that many not have know the feature was there to begin with.

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            25.05.2009 22:59

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            Still the best business office application software available

            I have been using Microsoft Office 2007 at work now for a few months.

            Unfortunately I still haven't got to grips with exactly how all the features should be accessed.

            I suppose I could be blamed for being an un-educated user or perhaps I should read the help documentation. The thing is I never had to for the old style office until things went wrong.

            File, Edit, Menu etc... What's wrong with simplicity and consistency?

            Feels like Microsoft have sacrificed this for fluffy big pretty buttons like some sort of Apple Mac software. I have to admit the menus do look nicer and it all fits in better, but that's no good when I have to spend five minutes scratching my head.

            I managed to find a function by function conversion spreadsheet online. Each of the old-school menu's (File, Edit, Insert...) is represented as worksheets and then for each menu item it shows you how to access this in Microsoft Office 2007. This has been a life saver at times.

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            25.05.2009 13:20

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            A big improvement that is well worth upgrading to.

            Having upgraded from Word 2003 to Word 2007 I can safely say that it was an upgrade worth making. Everything from the layout has been greatly improved.

            My favourtie new feature is the zooming tool in the bottom right hand corner which can be adjusted by a slider. It allows you to see either your entire document or zoom right up close. It is a very useful feature when writing a longer essay, so that you can see all of the pages at once.

            There is also a saving feature that allows you to save it as a 'Word 2003' file which I found useful because of course not everyone yet has the new 'Word 2007' and so they would not be able to read it. It is very simple to do this and is a major advantage of the software.

            The new interface and style is much sleeker than before and allows easier use of the software. There is a whole new addition of different fonts, title styles etc which can make your document look fancier than ever. You can even save your documents to a PDF file right there which means that the user can read it but cannot make alterations to the document which is a useful security feature.

            I do wish however that the 'WordArt' library was expanded because it is just the same as before. The charts available do look better however and much more modern, so why havn't Microsoft upgraded the word art? It must also be mentioned that initially it takes a while to get use to the new layout, but once you are used to it is easier-to-use.

            I would in conclusion say that this is an excellent piece of software that I could literally not complete a day of work without using. It is easy-to -use and offers some excellent new features. So I would highly recommend, thank you very much for reading and I hope it is useful.

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            19.05.2009 22:54
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            Spend some time with the menus before you start

            Give me a rubics cube blindfolded and I might stand a chance but Microsoft Word 2007 no way.

            The noticeable difference is the configuration of the menus, which makes finding everything that you are used to seeing a bit harder, you do get used to it but what doesn't help is other 2007 packages haven't gone down the same road, so if you use a mixture you still get exposed to the old version.

            Tricky things to find at first were "save as and print preview", it sounds impossible that it could be things that are that basic but it is. Through a chance movement of the mouse by my 6 year old I have learnt that with the mouse arrow over the menus if you roll the mouse wheel - it scrolls through all the menus.

            Font and text styles both alter just by hovering over the selection in the drop down menus to enable you to preview choices, only making it permanent once you select.

            There are lots of tables and chart selections and options for enhanced graphical representation of data, it is a nicely presented screen, they is no doubt un-ending options available as long as you can find them.

            The cheapest way I bought this was through the Ultimate Steal with my student email account, seriously if you are a student only consider this option for buying - you cannot beat it.

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              19.05.2009 00:45
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              Nice addition to the series but hard to find things where they used to be!

              This is by the far the most confusing version of Microsoft Word to date. The menus have all changed and trying to find where I can change my text to bold or italic is horrendous.

              Although after using it for a while you do get used to the new layout. It still takes me a while after coming home from work and using Office 2003 and then using office 2007 at home and remembering where anything is from one version to another.

              There are more tools and additions that before and lots more to play around with but I don't like change and I bet a lot of other people have had the same problems as I have trying to readjust to this new version of MS Word. After many years of the same toolbars being in the same place why oh why do they go and change everything.

              Still at the end of the day it does what it says it can and that is to word process. Nice addition to the series but still makes me mad sometimes.

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                28.09.2008 17:01
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                Good word processor

                Word 2007 is a big improvement on all older versions, mainly because of it's brand new GUI with a ribbon feature.

                You can easily access a large number of word's tools and features through the ribbon at the top.

                It also works better than menus because related features (eg. formatting) are grouped together so you can change many things at once in quick succession.

                The main features are almost identical to those of past editions of word. However, there are some improvements in the existing features such as fine tuning and bug fixes.

                Word has surprisingly few bugs and it is very easy and not frustrating to change things within you text, but with open office writer this can be a hard task.

                I would recommend word if you are a big computer user, but if you don't do much typing word may be too expensive and open office is a good free alternative.

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                02.08.2008 19:44
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                Get it if you don't have word, save your money if you already do.

                Word is by far the most popular word processing application available. Pretty much every windows user will have used word for one purpose or another.

                Word offers a vast amount of features so you can do everything you want and need to do to make your documents professional and good looking. You can type stuff to some degree on notepad and other basic text editors but when it comes to producing letters and other documents Word is the key to success.

                When you open Word 2007 you are presented with a good looking, clean and "easy to use" interface, certainly more user friendly than previous versions. All the tasks you wish to perform are split into tabs, designed to make it easy to navigate, however as I say later on this isn't without problems. The whole feel of Word 2007 is defiantly Windows Vista influenced. The button for saving and all the basic tasks is no longer the simple drop down menu titled "file", it has become an icon that is very similar in style to the Windows Vista start button.

                Word does everything you would require of it in a clean and simple manner. The re-design does allow you to word process with increased speed once you have the hang of it. Many more pre-formatted layouts are included so you can almost always find a pre-tailored document design to suit your purpose. Another great new feature that is very helpful for me is the ability to convert the documents you produce to PDFs. PDFs are a easy to use and professional method of distributing your documents and the software required to open them is free so you can view them anywhere. In previous versions of Word you would have to convert your files with another piece of software.

                However the new version isn't without faults, the 2007 interface may be difficult at first if you are used to the usual drop down menus. The new interface with its chunky buttons is great for a first time user but I personally found it quite annoying trying to guess which category the option I wanted would be under, it's a case of having to relearn the interface. The software also saves your documents as a new format. This new format is both good and bad, in some cases it cut my file sizes in half but text documents are not particularly big anyway and previous versions of word cannot open the new format. This means you usually end up saving it as a Word 2003 compatible file.

                Word as a whole is a great app and I heartily recommend buying the 2007 edition if you have just bought a new PC or don't have any previous versions, but if you already own a previous version there isn't really much more in this version that the average user will need. Sure they have added some new features but unless you are a Word professional you won't notice them. The vast cost of Microsoft Office apps is also a problem.




                The user friendly mark is gone not because of the app itself but due to the cost of the software.

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                  Microsoft Word is the standard word processing software that everyone will be familiar with, the latest instalment; Microsoft Word 2007 shakes things up a bit making some changes to the Word program.

                  Look
                  The program interface has gotten a whole new look, it is still recognisable as Microsoft Word but it has been brought up to date with some features that make it feel like Microsoft's new Operating System, Windows Vista. In the top corner you have your Office Button which is very like the Windows Vista orb but features the Office logo instead, this is basically the start button for the program and from it you will be able to access all your usual functions such as Opening documents, saving, printing, publishing and all the usual options you would expect. Next to that you have something which is very like the taskbars quick launch feature, but again for Microsoft Office, so here you will have easy access to your most commonly used and helpful things like, save, print, undo and it is customizable so whichever functions you like, you can put them in. The program has been skinned in the default blue but if you have Windows Vista you will be pleased to know you can make it into the Vista black colour scheme. If you want to break the mould a little you can also choose from a silver colour scheme.

                  The New Word
                  The interface of Microsoft Office 2007 has been infinitely spruced up from previous versions. Creating documents has never been easier, a simple click of the Office Button and you can select from a myriad of different document profiles, from letters, gift certificates, greetings cards and many more, the selection is constantly updated from Office Online so you will always be able to create fresh and interesting looking documents. If you just want to get started you can simply go with a blank document.

                  If you are creating a document from scratch as you probably will be you will love the new interface of Word 2007, gone are the huge menus to edit your documents. These have been replaced with stylish tabs. They are as follows; home, insert, page layout, references, mailing, review and view. The home tab is where you will perform your most common options, changing the font sizes, colours and controlling functions like bold underlining and highlighting. You can do the standard copy, cut and paste options. A really neat feature here is if you change the font size or type the text will change giving you a preview of what it would look like so you can see if you like the desired effect before confirming it. You can also change your paragraph options and add in bullet points and indents. The styles options are also great and let you instantly format your documents without any effort at all, you can choose from a variety of different styles and you get a preview of what it will look like, just like the fonts options. Also here is the handy editing option which will find and replace words for you.

                  The next tab is the insert tab which will cover page options, tables, illustrations, links, header and footer, text and symbols. The pages options are great, you can add in really neat title pages which all you need to do is type in your name subject and title so you can instantly create a really professionally designed title page. You can also insert blank pages and put in page breaks. The table option is also pretty fancy, you get a little box and you can control how big it is, depending on how big it is, the size of the table you create will be affected. The illustration options are great and you can insert pictures from your computer, or choose from the selection in the Clip Art gallery, as well as adding in shapes, smart art which you use to make diagrams and flow charts, and the last options charts which you can use to bring in a chart from Microsoft Excel. All these are really customizable and you can change the colours of your charts and diagrams, pictures are also handled really well with options to crop, modify brightness etc. The header and footer options allow you to quickly add title notes and footer notes. The Text option allows you to instantly create impressive looking text with quick parts, word art which is very fancy and allows you to make really nice looking titles, text boxes, add in your own signature, time and date or text from another file. The last tab is symbols and allows you to add in all the strange symbols you find in math and science as well as common things like the exclamation point.

                  The page layout tab covers, themes, page setup, page background, paragraph and arrangement options. Themes are really nice and allow you to create documents that look like newspapers. Page setup allows you to configure the size of the page margins, useful if your printer cannot print right to the edge of the page, you may also change the orientation of your page from portrait to landscape as well as modifying the size of the paper you are working on to anything from a small letter paper to A3. You can also modify your text so it appears in columns and modify the amount of columns and so forth. In the page background options you can add in watermarks which make your documents look like they are from MI6 with a nice confidential watermark in the background; you can also make custom ones with your own text. Also modifiable is the page colour and borders. In the Paragraph option you can also set up indents to your paragraphs and configure spacing between them. The arrange tab only works when you have a picture out and will let you modify your documents moving pictures around and wrapping text around them or displaying them behind the text and so on.

                  The references tab is where you can add in your table of contents if you are writing a book or something. You can also update your tables and add to them at any time. Under the footnotes section you can create footnotes in your documents and edit your current footnotes as well as showing where your current footnotes are located. In the citations and bibliography section you can add in citations and add in placeholders so you can add in your citation later, you can also change the style of your citations so that they stand out. The caption function is interesting and allows to add captions to your pictures, this is really nothing more than a style change and you could probably create one of these on your own. The Index function and table of authorities function allows you to mark your index entries and citations.

                  The mailing tab is for when you want to make things to mail. Here you can create envelopes for your documents which you can then print as long as your printer supports that function, with the mail merge button you can create letters and envelopes for multiple contacts as well as using the recipients function to choose who it's going to as well as adding contacts. You can use the write and insert fields to insert address blocks, greeting lines. If you want to find a recipient you can use the preview results function to locate them and once you are done you click finish and merge.

                  Once you are done with writing your document you can will head the review tab. Here you can use the Proofing section to check your spelling and grammar, all words that are underlined in blue or red are errors and word will pick them up and tell you what's wrong, if word doesn't have a particular word in its dictionary you can add it. If you notice that a particular word is popping up more than it should, Word has a built in thesaurus which is dead handy. You can also translate your documents into different languages though this function just sends you to a website, if you are working on a document with someone else you can use the comment and tracking feature to add comments and make the stuff you have added stick out in red so your partner can clearly see what has been changed. If they have sent you some work you can choose to accept the changes they have made or decline and edit them. You can also compare the two documents you have. If your work is private and you don't want anybody messing with it, simply use the protect function to lock it and password protect it, you can set it to read only so people will be able to read but not modify your work which is very useful.

                  The view tab is the last tab, here you can set your documents to different views, you can choose from a print layout, web layout, outline, draft or a full screen reading layout. The full screen reading layout is very good and I often use it to read EBooks that I come across, this function works best with a widescreen monitor as it displays pages side by side just like a book. You may also choose to hide or show elements like rulers, gridlines, any messages that may be attached to the document, thumbnails and more. If you cannot clearly read a footnote, simply use the zoom feature to zoom right in up to 500% or if you find the text to big, zoom out. You can also switch the window to any other Word documents that are open.

                  Price & Conclusion
                  Microsoft Word is the most useful and feature packed word processor I have ever used, I can easily create really professional looking documents and edit them to my tastes. The new tabbed interface is great to use and a welcome change from the huge scrolling menus of old. The only disadvantage I can think of is that it is quite pricey, a copy of Microsoft Word 2007 if you purchase it with the Microsoft Office suite can cost hundreds of pounds unless you go with the basic Student and Teacher edition which is around £80-100, however if you do a quick search and look for a single Word 2007 license you can get it for a much more reasonable £50. Overall I recommend this word processor highly; you will find nothing better out there. 5/5

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                  Office Word 2007 helps people create professional-looking documents by presenting a comprehensive set of writing tools in a new user interface. Rich review, commenting, and comparison capabilities help you quickly gather and manage feedback from colleagues. Advanced data integration helps ensure documents stay connected to important sources of business information.

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                  Product Description: Microsoft Office Word 2007 - complete package
                  Category: Office applications
                  Subcategory: Office applications - word processor
                  Licence Type: Complete package
                  Licence Qty: 1 PC
                  Licence Pricing: Standard
                  Language(s): English
                  Platform: Windows
                  Distribution Media: CD-ROM
                  Package Type: Retail
                  OS Required: Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Windows XP SP2 or later
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