eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Save to PDF'

 
 
By Tiffany Maleshefski  |  Posted 2008-01-14
 
 
 

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac

No Ribbons


Office 2008 for Mac uses tabs--not the ribbon that debuted in Office 2007--to organize functions. The suite also keeps the bulk of its functions accessible by drop-down menus, such as File, Edit and View.

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Save to PDF'

 

Office 2008 for Mac includes the option to save files to PDF. 

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Save to PDF'

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - More Discoverability'

 

 

The Elements Gallery helps users quickly access a variety of tools by simply clicking through tabs. 

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - More Discoverability'

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'More Visibility'

 

Word's newly introduced Document Elements toolbar helps users see the predesigned elements available to them, including cover pages, tables of contents, and headers and footers.

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'More Visibility'

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Bibliography and Citations'

Premade templates for creating bibliographies and citations are new features in Word. 

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Bibliography and Citations'

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Formatting Palette in Excel'

Users can quickly access tools to customize their spreadsheets via the Formatting Palette toolbar.  

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Formatting Palette in Excel'

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Get help building formulas'

 
  

One of the brighter spots of Excel 2008 is the new Formula Builder tool, which provides a comprehensive list and explanation of all of Excel's formula functions.

 

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Get help building formulas'

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Learn on the Job'

 


Users unfamiliar with a function can get a definition and other helpful information to better understand Excel's formulas.

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eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Preformulated Worksheets'


Users can now immediately start working in spreadsheets that have already been designed with formulas.

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Preformulated Worksheets'

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Ledger Sheets'

Ledger Sheets are the big new feature in Excel 2008. These templates offer pre-formulated cells so that novice Excel users can get an immediate handle on the application's formula-driven tasks.  

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Ledger Sheets'

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Need More Help?'

Still confused on a function? The Formula Builder tool further instructs users on functions, offering detailed explanations and examples.

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Need More Help?'

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Object Palette in Excel'

The floating toolbar, a carry-over from Office 2004, allows users to customize objects in a spreadsheet. 

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Object Palette in Excel'

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Formatting Palette'

 


The floating toolbar has been beefed up to let users customize documents by changing font size and style, and inserting bullet, border and paragraph styles.

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Formatting Palette'

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Cant Read Macros'

The removal of Visual Basic means macros embedded in Excel can't be read.

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Cant Read Macros'

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Custom Animation'

Users can now include animated effects to add pizzazz to presentations--for example, moving objects on and off a slide. These effects are similar to those found in the presentation applications of Apple's iWork '08 and OpenOffice.org's OpenOffice 2.3.

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Custom Animation'

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'SmartArt Graphics'

SmartArt Graphics lets users select a variety of pre-designed graphic elements. Users can choose a design and easily add text to these blocks with the handy text pane.

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'SmartArt Graphics'

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Exchange Rate'

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eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Make My Day'


The My Day interface appears even if Entourage is closed and displays a user's calendar and to-do items.

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Make My Day'

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Calendar Enhancements'


Entourage 2008 can now launch meeting reminders and can keep multiple meeting participants in the loop as far as last-minute changes go.

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Calendar Enhancements'

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Less Junk'


Enhancements made to Entourage 2008 include beefed-up junk mail and phishing filters. 

 

eWEEK Labs Walk-through: Office 2008 for Mac - 'Less Junk'

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