Re: Word 2007 customizations vs Word 2010: Questions and Rant

Subject: Re: Word 2007 customizations vs Word 2010: Questions and Rant
From: Tony Chung <tonyc -at- tonychung -dot- ca>
To: "dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com" <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2011 08:09:53 -0700


Office 2007 has a more powerful programming interface than 2003. To
get the most out of macros one needs to become a programmer. That's
been good for folks like me, who learned how to customize the 2007
Ribbon UI with 7zip and XMLmind.

When 2003 macro code doesn't work in 2007, it usually means there is a
better, easier way, using an object, and its methods and properties.
You sort of have to develop on Word 2007 to appreciate the benefits.

Office 2010 is what M$ should have released, as there is less of a
learning curve to ditch the consistent menu with a task based ribbon.
Plus the Ribbon UI can now be customized without code, rendering my
hack approach virtually useless.

The best way to deploy Word startup templates is to ask the IT dept to
run a comparison script on login. The script should compare the
templates in the user's local folders to those in a shared location,
and copy to the user's hard drive if they are different or do not

This is because you can't work on shared templates if someone is
working on a document that uses a shared template.

When I deploy a custom ribbon for use across an enterprise, I have he
file copied into %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Word\Startup

Oh there's more, but believe me: This Word fandom comes from 25 years
of growing with the product, and enduring a lot of hurt.


On 2011-08-31, at 7:26 AM, Deborah Hemstreet <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com> wrote:

> Hi All,
> This post is going to be full of questions, and not a few rants. Everyone on this list has been so helpful in the past, and I am hopeful that someone will have a nice quick and dirty solution for me.
> Let me start with MY solution, and then I'll give you background.
> *Solution: *Tomorrow I am taking my laptop to work with me. I will finish developing a Word template in Word 2003. I will then transfer it to Word 2007 where I will fine-tune it and verify that everything needed is located on the Add-Ins tab, and then deploy the template for use by people in my work group.
> Background: I quite naively began my new job on Windows 7 with Office 2007. "No Big" I thought to myself. I've seen the rants and raves in previous postings, I'll manage with a bit of internet research.
> Research 1: Windows 7 (and VISTA) corrupted the SendKeys VBA code. No problem, someone kindly shared their custom code to help me get the desired functionality.
> Research 2: Word 7 Ribbon is not easily customizable without MAJOR programming, and the need to deeply analyze all code examples on the web to come up with the custom code to make a ribbon you want, in your template (still fuzzy on if it will really carry through to the template). No problem, I'll put all my customizations on the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT).
> Research 3: The QAT is machine specific, not template specific. In Word 2010 I can export those settings, but again, it will take ALL my customizations, not customizations that I want only when working in a particular template.
> Research 4: The Ribbon Customizer add-on again is machine specific, and will let me export only ALL changes, not specific ones, and the Help doesn't exist to advise if I can export to a template only.
> Research 5: Microsoft unashamedly advises that you can work with CODE in their new VB programs, and other tools to customize the Ribbon.
> Research 6: No one seems to be publically up in arms that Microsoft has completely removed control of the RIbbon and QAT from templates and users in any simple, easy to implement way.
> RANT: Am I the only person on this planet who is upset that I have to work in Word 2003 to make a template that does what I want in Word 2007? Am I the only person who thinks that Microsoft has become insanely greedy in changing the way customizations are made, so that we have become dependent on advanced programmers and software add-ins? I am a technical communicator, not a technical programmer. I bit the bullet and learned VBA. Not an expert, but enough to get the job done. But now, what I have to do to make a template in Word 2007 or 2010 do what it did in 2003 is absolutely ridiculous. WHY? What is the purpose?
> Please someone, tell me I'm totally wrong and that there really is an easy simple way to make user-friendly easy to deploy templates. Or, publically share your solutions to help others and defeat the beast that only wants to make money out of these changes and couldn't care less about ease of use.
> Thanks for listening! I simply had to rant on this... but deep down inside, am also hoping I'm completely wrong and that there really is a better solution for me than taking my computer to work tomorrow.
> Deborah

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