Agreed ... and you can minimize the ribbon to give it more of a 2008 look.Excel 2011 is leaps and bounds better than 2008 though. The ability to use the Visual Basic Editor is huge IF you are a big Excel user which is why I upgraded.
You'll be very pleased with your decision. I've got Office 2011 on my MacBook, but our work has all Office 2008. It - mostly Excel - is the worst.Thanks for the replies guys, exactly the kind of info I was looking for. I think I'm going to go for the '11 because xcel is a pretty crucial part of my job and my goal is to be able to use my macbook as a replacement for my work laptop
not really. you can minimize the ribbon, but there's no more Inspector toolbox, so you have to go menu-diving.Agreed ... and you can minimize the ribbon to give it more of a 2008 look.
well, it's not really a change since it's the same as Windows now, but the Inspector was a much better use of space. screens have been getting wider and shorter...what's the sense in a ribbon at the top of the window? there's tons of horizontal space.People need to get over UI changes. I hover between indifference to preferring the 2011 setup.
Most of us, can't use iWork or OpenOffice due to business reasons. My guess is if the OP is asking about which version of Office, then he has a need for the real thing for work purposes. Just my guess....I think your question should have a third choice: something else like iWork or OpenOffice.
I got Office 2011 for my wife through my company's home use program. I only paid 10 bucks and I still felt like I got ripped off. It took over her poor little Mac mini. There were 3 new icons in the dock and everything just got S L O W. Every time she tried to open a file that should have been associated with OpenOffice, MS Office would launch. MS Office installation corrupted fonts OpenOffice needed and I had to reinstall OpenOffice to get it working again.
The ribbon in 2011 can be completely turned off in Preferences, unlike the awful Office 2008 "Elements Gallery," which is always visible, even when collapsed.I prefer 2008 because I prefer not to have the ribbon toolbar.
Copying a web page does work in Word 2011. The layout is a bit messed up, but the graphics and links do come across along with the text.On my PC with Word 2003, I can select an entire web page, including text and graphics, copy it, and paste it into a Word document. On My MacBook Pro with Word 2008, I select an entire web page, including text and graphics, hit "copy" and try to paste it into a Word document. All I get is TEXT, no graphics.
I had asked earlier about resolving this problem with 2008. The suggestion that I could drag the images to my desktop and then drag that to Word to get images in didn't work. I could select the web page, but it wouldn't drag over to the desktop. So I gave up and just turned on my PC when I wanted to paste a web page into Word.
But I'd prefer to use my Mac. Will the new Word 2011 allow me to cut and paste graphics from web page to Word document? or cut and paste from other sources? I also tried cutting and pasting from iPhoto to Word 2008, and that didn't work either. Will it work with iPhoto and Word 2011? Thanks.
Just a thought - If you like writing in a distraction free environment, have you thought about a text editor? I love iA Writer and it is on the Mac App store for less then $10. It has a great one sentence focus mode and beautiful UI. It supports Markup and you can easily export into Word after. I use it a lot to draft blog posts. Other great aspect about iA Writer is it was one of the first 3rd Party Apps to support iCloud documents for seamless sync between your Mac and an iPad.I ended up getting 2011 home and business in a partial trade and love it. I really like the full screen option in word with no distracting menus around the page.