Ribbon Hero 2 for Office 2010

Ribbon Hero 2Clippy’s back and for those who don’t know who Clippy is then this HERE should tell all, but this time it is more of a game come teaching aid to help users of Office 2007/2010 either show off their skills in using Office or as a training aid to those less used to the new Office Ribbon menus.

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I personally think this is a great teaching tool as well as a bit of fun. I have come across many users that say they do not like the new Ribbon menus in Office, but personally I find them very intuitive and much easier to use than a menu and sub-menu and sub sub-menu in older Office versions. If you give the new Ribbon menu a good fair test in the end many will come to like it, so this is where I think Ribbon Hero 2 will come in very handy.

Video from the Office Team

 

I’m giving it a go myself on Office 2010 as I may just learn something new, I do know the various packages within Office quite well but I do not know everything and with ribbon Hero 2 having 6 different skill levels starting from easy tasks to more difficult ones, I’m sure I will learn a few new tricks.

Install is very easy and below are the screenshots from the install I did.

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To run the game/training open up one of the Office packages that Ribbon Hero 2 is compatible with as in my case here Excel, and click the icon as shown below

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Next you will gain the first test to try and in this case its creating a pie chart from some data, then changing the layout so the legend is at the bottom, if you can do this without having to click the Hint option then you gain bonus points.

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You can see your progress in the various tests in the below screen.

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Ribbon Hero 2 works with Office 2007 and 2010 and only in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or OneNote.

Give it a go, even if you know the Office applications very well, its a great timewaster as well as possibly learning something new. To be honest I would love the next version of Windows Operating System to have something like this also.

Download HERE

OneNote 2010

OneNote

I did not really use OneNote a lot until within the last 6 months or so, but have now become a convert to the ease of use and electronic filing cabinet that it offers. OneNote is really easy to use as it adds a right click context menu option so that on any text or image you can Send to OneNote the text, image, webpage etc.

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With Microsoft OneNote 2010 you can collect and organize everything you need—notes, photos, videos, and web links— for any project you are working on. OneNote keeps the information you need at your fingertips and, with powerful search capabilities, you can easily find exactly what you are looking for. Toss those paper-based notebooks in the recycling bin—you’ve got a digital notebook now!

I find that I use OneNote a lot more in work and now at home to save webpages and clips of text to a specific folder, as in various categories like Recipes, Windows tech questions/answers etc.

Another of the advantages of OneNote 2010 is that you can from many images extract the text.

From this image

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 you can get this text

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and all from right clicking the image and choosing Copy Text from Picture and then pasting it into a blank area of the OneNote page.

The possibilities in using OneNote are pretty endless so if you have OneNote as part of your Office package then do try it out.

Meet OneNote HERE