Excel 2007

  • What's new?
  • Learning more about Excel 2007
  • Getting Excel 2007

What's new?

New user interface

As one of the applications to benefit from the new Fluent user interface, as soon as you log in to Microsoft Excel 2007 the new Ribbon and Office Button are immediately apparent. Menu items have been replaced by the Ribbon, with related options grouped together, and the File menu has been replaced by the Office button, which contains the links to operations such as opening, closing, saving and printing files.

As it may not be immediately obvious as to where a command is in Excel 2007, Microsoft have put together an interactive Excel 2003 to Excel 2007 command reference guide. Fully interactive, simply point to the menu or button in Excel 2003, and the animation will display the new location of the command in Excel 2007.

Click here to go to the Interactive: Excel 2003 to Excel 2007 command reference guide

Enhanced formatting

Cells can now be formatted quickly and easily using a range of predetermined styles built in to Excel 2007 to produce a professional looking document with the minimum of effort

Improved formula and functions

Formulae in Excel 2007Excel 2007 can now handle significantly larger amounts of data and achieve faster calculation performance. Cell ranges can now be named, and functions are grouped together in the ribbon as shown right. 

Charting improvements

Charts can now be created quickly and easily, and with improved effects in Excel 2007. Pre-defined layouts and styles, shared across Excel, Word and PowerPoint allow effects such as 3-D, shadows etc to be applied. Alternatively, manually format individual components such as axes titles, labels to highlight significant data. 

Improved printing functionality

Using the Page Layout View you can easily see exactly how your spreadsheet will print. Add or edit headers and footers the same way you would in Microsoft Word.

New file formats

The new Excel XML based file format enables much smaller file sizes, and also allows the information to be transferred to other applications with ease. 

Learning more about Excel 2007

We have compiled an extensive range of support material covering Excel 2007, including paper based documentation and online interactive guides. In addition, Learning and Information Services will provide training during the coming academic year. Find the information you need by using the links in the Help and Support column on the right hand side of this page.

Getting Office 2007.

All student PCs will automatically be upgraded to Office 2007 over summer 2008, and will be available to staff from June. If you're a member of staff and would like to install Office 2007 on your home PC, then visit the Home Use software pages to find out how.



Page last modified 11 August 2011.

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