The Office 2007 UI Bible


I’ve published over 200 posts on this blog since I started it last September.

With all of those posts, it can be hard to remember what you’ve read and what you haven’t… and it can be hard for new people to jump in and figure out where to start reading.

I’ve been meaning to sit down and create a kind of table of contents for all of the posts here—a starting point for people to read about the Office 2007 UI.

But then, I found out that someone already did the work for me. Patrick Schmid, a OneNote MVP and friend of the Office 2007 UI, put together what he called the Office UI Bible on his blog—a fully organized catalog of many of my posts.

And so with Patrick’s kind permission I reprint here the catalog of Office 2007 UI posts (so far.)

I hope you find it useful—and thanks, Patrick!

Why a New UI for Office 2007?

Overview of the New UI

Ribbon UI Elements

The Size of the Ribbon, Screen Real-Estate, Ribbon Scaling, and Minimization

Migrating to Office 2007

UI Themes and Visuals

Keyboard Control of the Ribbon

New Fonts for Office 2007

Customizing Office 2007 (Add-ins, RibbonX)

Note that most examples shown in the following posts need to be updated for use with the RTM version.

From First Sketches to the Final Design

Design Tenets

Design Ponderings

An Inside Look Into UI Design, Usability, Development and Testing at Microsoft

Office Themes

New Features in Office 2007 Involving the New UI

Miscellaneous

The Office 2007 UI team

Comments (21)

  1. With all of those posts, it can be hard to remember what you’ve read and what you haven’t… and it can…

  2. XL-Dennis says:

    I take this opportunity to thank both You and Patrick for providing the online community with good information and knowledge when it comes to the new UI.

    Now it’s up to us developers to take it further ‘down the road’

    Kind regards,

    Dennis

  3. Andy Armstrong says:

    This is such an amazing resource. Thank you for taking so much time to communicate this with us.

    At this point, I think you need a Wiki. There’s an interesting balance between blogs and wikis, and a number of bloggers that I read now have both. Blogs are great for time sensitive material, and wikis are great for structuring material. Just a thought.

    Thanks again,

    – Andy

  4. Anthony Brien says:

    Wow, amazing resource! You should release this in book form!

  5. Fox Cutter says:

    There’s a book in the development process of the Office UI, and someone on your team should really write it. You did quite a lot, not only by throwing out know UI designee, but how you researched and refined it.

    It should be more then just your blog posts, you need a narrative to it ala "Show Stopper!". I think it would be a fairly interesting story.

  6. Thank you for this alternative information access. Interestingly, it works far better than tag clouds, recent posts, and whatever (at least under certain circumstances, that is).

  7. Last week Microsoft released Office 2007. For those of you who haven’t tried it yet, this is probably

  8. Last week Microsoft released Office 2007. For those of you who haven’t tried it yet, this is probably

  9. ChengZi says:

    RibbonX (Office 2007 UI) and Customization

  10. scottgu says:

    Office 2007,VS 2005 之Office工具,以及VS 2005 SharePoint扩展

  11. Recunosc, sunt un Office 2007 ribbon freak. I love it, I think it’s great. Deci în concluzie sunt abonat

  12. Ich hatte versprochen, die Ressourcen für meine beiden Vorträge auf der Office, Vista und Exchange Launch

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  19. I’ve started reading a lot about UI in the last couple of months. During the Office 2007 beta process

  20. .Net World says:

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