The free software UBitMenu adds the classic Office 2003 menus to Office 2007 or 2010. Many people spent years using Office 2003, gradually learning how to find the most relevant options amongst the toolbars and menus in Word, Excel and Powerpoint. For those people, upgrading to Office 2007 or 2010 may have been a nightmare of Justin Bieber proportions!
What’s So Different About Office 2007 and 2010? The ‘ribbon’ – a new set of toolbars placed on tabs in a tab bar. If you have a newer version of Office you will know just how different they are to the old Office 2003 menu system. Newcomers to Office may like the ribbon but more experienced users may hate it.
It is almost as if Microsoft tried to justify the price of upgrading by purposely moving and changing every possible option on every toolbar and menu just so that it ‘looks’ new…
Can I Get The Office 2003 Menus Back? Microsoft are wedded to the concept of the ribbon and are unlikely to ever go back to the old menu systems. However, there is another way of achieving the same thing using the free software UBitMenu which adds ‘classic’ menus as a second tab under the ribbon.
UBitMenu is a small program that works with XP, Vista and Windows 7 and adds classic Office 2003 menus to both Office 2007 and 2010 as shown in the example below.
Note that it doesn’t delete the actual ribbon and can therefore be uninstalled later if you change your mind. There are different downloads for different languages but, if you’re reading this, you probably want the English download which is available near the top of the page here.
No more ribbon