Word 2010 introduces numerous new features that are designed to help you create better, more professional looking documents faster and way more efficiently than before. With its innovative features, Word 2010 is definitely a release worth checking out.
Although the ribbon interface itself is not new, as Word 2007 was the first release to introduce it to the software. The ribbon itself is the header-like part on top of your software, which holds all the tools provided within Word all divided to different categories accessible through different tabs. In Word 2010, although the interface hasn't changed much, there are numerous tweaks and enhancements added to the roaster. Perhaps the biggest new feature regarding the ribbon is the fact that it can now be customised to your own needs. In the My Tab section, you can easily add any buttons or commands you want, allowing you to compile your most used features into one place without having to hop back and forth between different tabs.
Backstage view from the File tab
Tying into the ribbon improvements, you might notice that the Office button is replaced by a File tab. The File tab is a brand new feature that provides a backstage view when opened. When accessing, you can immediately see a page full of information about your currently opened document such as its priorities, including file size, the number of pages and words, and various date and time stamps such as the date of creation or the last time the document was modified. You can also access many of the most important commands here such as Save, Open and Print, in a clean, full page view. There is also a page wholly dedicated to sharing your documents, allowing you to easily and quickly send your files via e-mail, save to SkyDive or SharePoint, publish as a blog post or even create a PDF/XPS formatted document from it.
Although primarily focused on word processing, it is important to note that Word 2010 has some powerful image editing tools which can aid you in improving the quality of your documents when you're working with pictures. You can easily remove the background from your images by clicking a single button, and furthermore, apply Artistic Effects to change the look of your image. You can also select from versatile Photo Styles to make your image look exactly how you want it to be.
Similarly to the ribbon, SmartArt was first introduced in Word 2007 and the premise of this feature was to help users add interesting elements into their documents, creating visual impact. In Word 2010, there has been a massive increase of the templates available when using SmartArt - the categories include list, process, cycle, hierarchy, pyramid and much more, while also giving you the option to browse online and find new templates via Office.com straight from the SmartArt window. Each category is filled to the brim with different elements that you can incorporate into your documents with a single click, and easily customise to your liking later on as well.
There are some features that make editing easier and faster, thus increasing your productivity as well. When working with documents that are broken down to sections, you can use the Navigation panel to easily drag and rearrange entire sections. When you paste text, hovering over the different options will enable you to see a live preview of how your text is going to look like, making it easier to choose whether or not you want to keep the source formatting, merge it with yours or paste as plain text. It’s also easier to collaborate with Word’s co-authoring features, which allow multiple people to edit the same document simultaneously.