What You Need to Know About Microsoft Office 2010


Microsoft Office 2010 has many new features, including the ability to work offline, Contextual tabs, and a Protected view. You, however, are there to know a few things about using this software, especially if you’re new to it.

Contextual tabs

Contextual tabs in Microsoft Office 2010 appear when working with selected objects. These controls offer various formatting options for tables, images, and other items. In addition, the format of these controls can be customized using ribbon extensibility.

Unlike other tabs, contextual tabs are usually hidden until a user event triggers their visibility. For example, this can happen when editing a header or footer, changing a picture, or editing a text box.

In addition, these controls can be grouped into different groups. Each group contains a set of functions. For instance, the Home Tab includes the Paragraph, Styles, and groups.

However, the Office JavaScript library makes it easy to implement these functionalities. For example, the functions can be arranged into an array and shown as icons. It is also possible to make tabs appear and disappear based on user events.

Protected view

The protected view is an added security feature in Microsoft Office 2010. This feature helps protect your computer from potentially dangerous files. It also prevents hackers from embedding malicious code in your computer.

Using Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, you should check if your documents are protected. You should not edit these files unless you are confident they are safe. Depending on your settings, you may be able to enable editing for these files.

The first step in disabling Protected View is to review your Trust Center Settings. To do this, navigate to File> Options > Trust Center. You will find your trusted locations, publishers, and document lists in the right pane. Next, add new trusted sites and trust publisher names to your list.

Touch optimizations

With the release of Windows 10, Microsoft is introducing a new interface for Office. It’s a modern UI that will be easier to use with a touch screen.

The interface is based on Microsoft’s modern look in Windows 8. You’ll notice a smaller ribbon bar, larger buttons, and spaced controls. Also, the icons in the apps will be scalable graphics. This will make them play clearly on any screen.

Another feature that you’ll notice is a touch mode button. While this feature doesn’t yet work, you’ll be able to change it as soon as it becomes available.

There’s also a touch-optimized taskbar that allows you to interact with the program quickly. A touch-first control panel lets you select cell ranges, create charts, and manage workbooks.

Web apps

Microsoft is getting ready to release Office Web apps in late fall. These web applications allow users to edit, share, and save documents. They will run on Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari. You can also save files to your Windows Live SkyDrive, a free cloud storage system for Microsoft Hotmail users.

The Office Web apps are designed as a response to Google Docs. Google Apps is a free online office suite that competes with Microsoft’s products. Users can access the web version of Office 2010 from anywhere with an internet connection.

Microsoft has been beta testing its new Office Web apps since last fall. In March, Microsoft opened up previews to the public. However, the initial experience was unsatisfactory. The performance of the online environment was slow, and the UI was confusing.

End of support

If you have been using Microsoft Office 2010, you might have noticed a change in how you get your updates. In the past, you could access updates and security fixes from Microsoft by logging onto Windows Update or downloading the latest version of the software.

However, Microsoft has announced that it will discontinue providing support for Office 2010. While the company still supports the older versions, such as Word and Excel, it will not continue to provide bug fixes or feature upgrades. This means that you should start making your migration plans now.

The support for Office 2010 will end on October 13, 2020. It is a good idea to make this move before then to get the most out of your current setup.