How to switch to classic menu in MS Word, Excel and other MS Office 2010 products

Are you looking for a way to switch to classic menu in Office 2010? It has been replaced with the Ribbon UI. In this article, I will showcase a product called Classic Menu for 2010 which can be used to bring back the old style classic menu to your Office 2010 products including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.

One of the interesting features in Office 2007 and Office 2010 was the impressive Ribbon style UI. The Ribbon UI is great for various reasons, but it has some learning curve. Expert computer users and other geeks could easily figure out how to use it, but many home users have difficulty in figuring out how to do various common tasks in the Ribbon UI.

When I saw the Ribbon UI first time, my immediate reaction was "Cool", but it took only few minutes for me to start searching the classic menu in the Office 2010. A quick search in Google revealed that a lot of people are on the same road.

How to switch to classic menu in Office 2010?

Unfortunately, Office 2010 do not offer any built-in way to switch the classic menu. Microsoft wants you to forget the classic menu and switch completely to the new Ribbon UI.

Wait, all is not lost. Here is some hope. There is a cool tool called "Classic menu for Office 2010" which allows you to easily switch to the classic menu in MS Office 2010 products like MS Word and Excel.

The Classic menu for Office 2010 adds a new tab called "Menu" to the regular Ribbon UI. When you choose the Menu tab, you will see all old, familiar classic menu in MS Word, Excel and other Office products. Since all other Ribbon UI tabs still exists, it is very easy to switch between classic menu and Ribbon UI.

Classic menu for MS Word and Office 2010

How to install Classic menu for Office 2010?

Install classic menu for MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Office 2010 products You may download various editions of classic menu from the following url:

You may choose your preferred edition from the above website. Separate downloads available for 32bit and 64 bit OS. Download size varies between 3.2Mb to 5.5Mb.

Installation is very easy and straight forward. You may choose which of the supported products need to be configured to have the classic menu. At the end of the installation, you will be prompted to configure the class menu for Office 2010.

How much it costs to get classic menu for MS Word and Office 2010 products

Classic menu for Office 2010 is not a free software. But the good news is, it is free for personal use and academic use. The Home and Student edition includes Classic Menu for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote 2010. If you are looking for the classic menu for other products like Outlook, Project, Visio, Access, Infopath etc, you need to buy a paid edition.

Price list:
Price for various editions of Classic Menu for Office 2010 varies between US$ 22 to US$ 39. The personal and student editions are free, but offer the menu only for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote 2010. Enterprise edition costs $39 and offer the classic menu for the following products:
  • Classic Menu for Word
  • Classic Menu for Excel
  • Classic Menu for Outlook
  • Classic Menu for Access
  • Classic Menu for PowerPoint
  • Classic Menu for Publisher
  • Classic Menu for InfoPath
  • Classic Menu for Project
  • Classic Menu for Visio

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    Guest Author: Alastair14 Feb 2015

    Really helpful information given in this article. So many users are facing this issue of advance menu style of MS Office in the latest version of MS Office. Classic menu is already familiar with every user and it is very easy to operation for formatting the documents.

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