Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I HATE Microsoft Excel And That Darn Ribbon!

Whew! There! I said it! I just had to get that off of my chest. I'm so sick of the ribbon that I could cry. I have long since abandoned Microsoft Office in favor of Open Office because of the ribbon and the decrease in productivity I had from having to search for things that were no longer where they should be. However, I'm currently working on a project with a company that uses Excel and I absolutely can't stand it! From a user perspective, why on EARTH would Microsoft think that it was a good idea to FORCE people to relearn how to use Excel, Word and all of the other Office items that now use the Ribbon WITHOUT PROVIDING A WAY TO SEE THINGS USING THE CLASSIC VIEW? The Office products are now such crap that I absolutely refuse to use them unless I'm forced to. I don't have the time to hunt and peck to find what I need. I don't have the time to click through mind numbing icons that don't mean crap to me when I need to go to File/Save. Why would ANYONE think that an icon based menu would be better than words? Why would ANYONE WHO ISN'T HIGH OR DRUNK think that removing ALL of the words in favor of pics would be OK with everyone. I can't stand it! I wish that I could get that ONE GUY or GIRL who came up with the ribbon idea and give that person a good thrashing!

Or.......maybe I'll quit my ranting and raving and just go develop a classic menu for Excel myself. Darn, if only I had the time! Microsoft, I'm really upset with you for this. Using MS Office used to be quick and efficient. Now, using it means hunting for the things I want to do and resting my mouse pointer over things to figure out if something is what I want. I spent 3 minutes trying to find the word count feature before I finally just went online to a word count website and used that tool instead! How is that better than what we had with the classic menu? You can't tell me that I'm alone here.

I KNOW I'm not alone. Productivity With MS Office - WAY DOWN! Frustration Level - WAY WAY UP!!!