Limitations of Office Starter 2010

In this article, I will discuss the limitations of Office Starter Edition 2010, which is a free software. Just like any other free software, the Office Starter Edition also comes with some limited features and options.

Like any other free software, Microsoft Office Starter Edition 2010 has its own limitations compared to the full edition software. The primary advantage of the starter edition is, it is free and there is no time limit. You can continue using the product as long as you wish. There is no expiry date for the Starter version.

Let us analyze the limitations of the Office 2010 Starter edition:

Main limitations of Office Starter 2010

The primary limitation of this Microsoft Office suite is, it includes only 2 products:
  • Microsoft Word

  • Microsoft Excel

  • This limitation alone tells a lot. You cannot use any of the other Office products like Outlook, Powerpoint etc. If you like to manage your emails, you will have to look for some other email software since Outlook is not included in the Office Starter 2010. Also, you will have to find another solution for making presentations since Powerpoint is not part of the suite.

    Other popular software like Microsoft OneNote, Microsoft Project etc are also not part of the Office Starter. This means you will have to depend on some other tools to manage your projects and create notes. Luckily, there are several other free software available to manage Notes. However, I am not sure if there are any other better solution for Microsoft users to manage their Projects.

    Even though MS Word and Excel are included in the Office Starter 2010, they themselves come with some limitations. Some of the limitations include:

  • You cannot comments in your documents. If you collaborate with others and manage documentation, you will feel the lack of ability to add comments very disturbing

  • There is no change tracker. This important in corporate atmosphere where some people create documents and then it goes through editing by many others. If you like to track who changed what, then you will have to upgrade to full version of Microsoft Office 2010

  • Do you use Excel more than just a spreadsheet? Many people still use Excel as a database. One of the limitations of the Excel version included in the Office Starter is, you cannot connect to external datasources from your Starter Excel.

    If you are a customization guy who always tune the software according to your choice, you will the toolbar customization option missing in the Starter edition.

    Some other missing features include capability to analyze data with pivot tables, adding SmartArt graphics to your documents, use programmable macros to automate certain task etc.

    Other limitations include missing table of contents, footnotes, and bibliographies for your reports.

    Add-Ins for Office Starter 2010

    Microsoft Office is a great platform which allow you to extend the software by installing Add-Ins. The Starter version does not allow installing Add-ins.

    Security: Office Starter edition does not allow you to turn on or off document protection.

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    How to get rid of the limitations of Office Starter 2010

    Unfortunately, there is no legal way to get rid of these limitations. The recommended option is to upgrade your free software to the full Microsoft Office 2010 suite to unlock and enjoy all great features of Office 2010.

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