RE: Word 2003 vs Word 2007 question

Subject: RE: Word 2003 vs Word 2007 question
From: Fred Ridder <docudoc -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 14:56:13 -0500

Deborah Hemstreet asked:

> Will a template developed in Word 2003 have the same functionality in
> Word 2007, including Styles, macros and toolbars?
> In particular, if I create a custom toolbar so that users can quickly
> insert a figure caption, or apply a style, will the toolbar appear in
> Word 2007? I've heard so much about the ribbon feature, I'm not sure how
> it will impact toolbars.

Styles should translate with no issues. And macros that do not involve the UI (e.g. that are *not* invoked by a custom menu item or a custom toolbar button) should work OK, also. But anything that involves the UI will need to be specifically developed for Word 2007. The ribbons completely replace the toolbars of older versions and are coded quite differently from what I've been told.

Our corporate template has an extensive set of macros that involve many custom buttons and dialogs, and it took the template team more than three months to port all the macros from 2003 to 2007, change the custom toolbars into a brand-new ribbon, and get the core feature set (mostly) debugged. And a year later they are still working on some of the less critical features like the completely new (and much improved) equation editor.

-Fred Ridder


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