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What’s new In Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac?

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011 is the most recent version of Microsoft Office for Mac OS X. It is comparable to Microsoft Office 2010 for Windows. There are many improvements in Office 2011, most noticeably the new Ribbon and Spotlight search box found at the top of all Office applications. Below are a few of the notable new or enhanced features in Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac.

All Office 2011 Programs

  • The Ribbon: A new toolbar that replaces the Formatting Palette from previous versions of Office for Mac. Similar to the Windows version of Office, the Ribbon puts the most-used tools together in a large easy-to-use toolbar at the top of the application.
  • Visual Basic for Applications (VBA): Support for Visual Basic for Applications macros returned. You can record macros and write visual basic code for Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
  • Elements Gallery: Located below the toolbar, the Elements Gallery holds templates, charts, tables, SmartArt graphics and more.
  • SmartArt graphics: Customizable graphic elements for diagrams, charts, and more.
  • Improved Help: The Help menu in Office has become more robust with tutorials, videos, and more. An excellent source of tips and more at the click of a mouse.

Microsoft Word

  • Use this interactive map to see where things have moved from Word 2008 to Word 2011.
  • Full Screen view: This view option gives you maximum space on your screen for your document. When you are done editing your document, switch to the Read mode. Use Write mode to edit the document in Full Screen.
  • 3D Publishing Layout view: A new Publishing Layout to see how text pictures and other objects overlap on the page.
  • Coauthoring features: New in Word 2011 is the ability to edit the same document at the same time with coworkers, and there are multiple ways to share over the office network.

Microsoft Excel

  • Use this interactive map to see where things have moved from Excel 2008 to Excel 2011.
  • Sparklines:Tiny charts or graphs that can be dropped into individual cells. Also called datawords, these Sparklines can help you spot trends in your data.
  • Conditional formatting: This will automatically make specified data stand out in your spreadsheet.
  • Data tables: The new "List Maker" in Excel 2011. Very similar to the previous List Maker with a few new options.
  • Coauthoring features: Like Word, Excel offers the ability to edit the same document at the same time with coworkers, and there are multiple ways to share over the office network.

Microsoft PowerPoint

  • Use this interactive map to see where things have moved from PowerPoint 2008 to PowerPoint 2011.
  • 3D Layering Tools: Like Word, the 3D view shows how text, pictures and other elements overlap on the slide. You can drag layers to different spots to change the way elements overlap.
  • Media Browser: You can quickly and easily add photos and video clips into your presentation using the Media Browser.
  • Slide templates: New slide templates are available in PowerPoint 2011.
  • Photo Edit: Add or change colors and remove backgrounds.
  • Export to iPhoto: A nice way to keep your presentations on your iPod Touch or iPhone.


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