As I mentioned in my post about my new computer, I am now “enjoying” Microsoft Office 2010. Had I been using Office 2007, the switch would have been easy, but my migration is from Office 2003.
For my last computer upgrade, I purposely retained Office 2003. The user interface on Office 2007 was quite different (a learning curve issue) and cumbersome to use (an efficiency issue). I had hoped in vain that the 2010 version would return to the earlier interface, but that was a foolish longing. With Office 2003 clearly showing its age, I took the leap to 2010; it’s not been a pleasant experience.
When I share my Office 2010 angst with people, their response is generally patronizing, implying that once I get used to it, my efficiency will return. They are wrong. Quite simply, when it takes two mouse clicks to do what used to take one, I will never do that as quickly. Even worse are tasks that used to take two clicks that now take four or five. When I spend the majority of my workday using the Office suite of products, these additional clicks add up.
Fortunately, to keep my hands on the keyboard, I learned many of the Word shortcut keys. Thankfully, they seem to still work the 2010 version. (One change is that alt-O-E-T is now alt-O-E-C – and yes, I use it a lot. Plus, for some reason, I now need to do alt-T-W slowly or it gets hung up on “T”.)
Despite the frustrations that simple routine tasks will always take longer, I am discovering new features and pleasing improvements. These are nice bonuses. I am sure that one day I will say that I like Office 2010 – but I will never say that it is quicker.