Word 2011 For Mac Review: What’s New?

Microsoft Office dev-team augmented new features in Word 2011, unlike Word 2008 which had certain IDE downsides, such as every important options & features were included in orthodox desktop toolbars, making them difficult to access. In Office 2011, you will see new revamped interface of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

Microsoft dev team is leaning more towards sprucing-up Office 2011 with new fluent UI (User Interface), providing ultimate experience of editing, charting, and creating documents. Since getting hold on Office 2011, we have been excavating each & every feature, tool, added support and other improvements in Word 2011.

On launching Word 2011, you will be prompt for selecting theme for the document. The list is full of new, easy-to-edit, flexible and professional templates. The enhanced themes would not be overlooked, as it contains a lot of inherent themes, which can be accessed from new UI (User Interface) ribbon. Unlike Office 2008, where accessing features required clicking on the menus in the toolbar, in Office 2011, Microsoft brings it down right in the Word 2011 window, containing tabs; Home, Layout, Document Elements, Tables, Charts, SmartArt and Review.

The SmartArts feature has been appreciated, since Office 2008 launch. In office 2011, SmartArt graphics are updated with enhanced types, design and styles. With an added VB & Macros support, now you will be able to add, edit, customize, view code and create macros, eventually empowering advance users.

Take a visual tour of Word 2011 below.

New UI Interface

Word 2011--Main window


New Flamboyant templates

new thermes

Tabbed interface

Word 2011--Home tab

Enriched smartarts

smart art

Easy Charting

Word 2011--Charts

Enhanced themes

themes

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  • Peter Pershan

    Does Word 2011 support endnote and mathtype?

  • KENneth pickard

    I AM RUNNING APPLE MINI. I HAVE TRIED WORKING WITH PAGES AND WITH NUMBERS.
    THEY BOTH LEAVE ME WANTING. WITH THE NEW WORD 2011 CAN I MAKE UP A PAGE SIZE LIST OF INVESTMENTS SHOWING INVESTMENT, RATE, AMOUNT EARNED COMPLETE WITH FORMULAS THAT WILL CALCULATE THE AMOUNT EARNED, AND AT THE END THE SUM OF BOTH INVESTMENT, AND AMOUNT EARNED. ALLOWING ALSO FOR COMMENTS INSERTED IN THE BODY.

    • Roger Eriksen

      All caps = yelling.

  • Robert Ferrabte

    How do I accept all in track changes in the new word 2011

    • DW

      Hi Robert, did you ever get any suggestion? I had to go back to use Word 2008 to get this feature. Can it be done in 2011? Thanks. DW

      • Cecile

        Hi DW and Robert, have you solved this question? Word 2011, for all its “smartness” is not as user’s friendly as Word 2008 (and more and more Microsoft for PC oriented). Good that I kept Word 2008 on my laptop !
        Best
        Cecile

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  • Roger Eriksen

    Word 2011 does not like it if files are in folders with special characters such as > * or spaces. It will give an error message stating that the file name is wrong. I found this out the hard way after I could not open or save files to a folder. I dragged the file to the desktop and it worked… put it back into the suspect folder and got error messages. Beware.

  • Lawrence

    This presentation of Word 2011 is useful, but a tip. Run your text by a native English speaker next time. I found the abundant grammatical and word-choice errors extremely distracting…

    As for the comment by Roger Erikson, I had no problem using folders with spaces in the names, or with some special characters, so his comment is only partially correct. Not only can you use spaces, /, !, #, $, ‘, @, and probably other signs with no problem, you can even create them while saving in Word. Note that the default folder name is “untitled folder”–with a space between the two words! The only sign I had a definite folder name problem with was ” (quotation mark).