Classic Menus for Office 2007 – For Those Who Do Not Like Change

I love Office 2007′s Ribbon menu system as it has made my efforts to author spreadsheets, documents, and presentations less painful. Granted it did take about 2-3 hours total to become accustomed to how the Ribbon switches to present buttons specifically related to the task I want to accomplish (i.e. formatting a table, working with data, etc.).
 
The only time I really became frustrated was the first time I tried to create a Pivot Table in Excel. In previous Excel versions, Pivot Table commands resided in the Data menu of the main Menu Bar. Office 2007 has a Data panel on the Ribbon. I must have spent 15 minutes looking for anything Pivot Table related on the Ribbon’s data pane before I became enraged enough to consider other options.
 
That’s when I took a look at the Insert pane and found the Insert Pivot Table button. Whatever….I still like the Ribbon. Overall it is a superior design to previous Office menu versions.
 
I know not everyone agrees. I know many don’t like the Ribbon. I know that, even further, some simply hate the Ribbons. I am sure there are many reasons for this but I am sure they will all boil down to the fact it forces you to change and learn a new way of doing things. I know, I know! Change is hard and sometimes scary but when it comes to the new Ribbon you now have a choice.
 
If you think the Ribbon is horrible or so frustrated that you find yourself rocking in the fetal position underneath the desk in your cubicle, repeating to yourself, "If only they had left the damn Data menu the same!" over and over again….then I suggest you check out Classic Menus from Addintools.com.
 
This add-in will embed the Office classic menus onto new Ribbon pane appropriately named Menu.
 
I don’t use it but the screenshots look like this tool just might be a winner for those of you that see absolutely nothing wrong with keeping things they way the are (even if the new way might be teensy weensy bit more productive).
 
I’m just saying.

Add a Missing Feature to Visual Studio

Visual Studio is an incredible IDE. I hate working with any other editor simply because VS has turned me into a lazy developer. Still, for all its greatness VS has gaps in its functionality. Luckily, MSFT has exposed the VS API just like they have with Office.
 
Using this API you can add the killer feature you think VS needs to work the way you do. Even better, MSFT just released the VSIP Factory at http://www.codeplex.com/vsipfactory
 
This software factory creates the framework needed for a VS package. This allows you to worry less about how to connect your addin to VS and worry more about how to implement the required features.
 
I recommend taking a look. I also recommend visiting the Visual Studio Extensibility Portal hosted by Devx.com (http://www.devx.com/vstudioextensibility). This site highlights several products that integrate with VS and could provides good coverage as to the possibilities Visual Studio Extensibility offers.