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UST is pleased to offer online training for Microsoft Office products.  This online training is designed to provide faculty, staff and students with the latest information and access to online tutorials for the Microsoft Office Suite of productivity tools.  Our online tutorials are specifically designed to help you learn a new skill, brush up on specific topics and get up-to-date on the latest software versions offered. 

Making the Upgrade to Microsoft Office 2007

Microsoft Office 2007 for Windows is a major upgrade to the Office Software Suite, with many new features and many changes.  The University of St. Thomas will be gradually rolling out Office 2007 to staff and faculty department by department over the coming months.  Classroom and labs are scheduled to be completed during Summer 2009.  Further notifications pertaining to the upgrade will be sent via email to faculty and staff.

Office 2007 has a new user interface that is much different from previous versions. Instead of presenting options in traditional menus, the new interface groups related functions under separate tabs, each with its own "Ribbon" toolbar. We have created the following tutorials that provide information that will help you make the transition.

If you have questions or need to request additional training please contact Michelle Giles at

(These tutorials are PDF files.  Download Adobe Acrobat Reader).

The New Look of MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007

Getting Started with MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007

Comparison Differences in MS Word 2003 and 2007

Online Demos

Microsoft has created interactive guides to help you quickly learn where to find menu options, buttons and other interface elements that are not in the same location as in Office 2003.

Compatibility Issues
Office 2007 files use a new XML file format and files saved in this format cannot be opened directly by previous versions of Office for Windows or Macintosh.

The solution is to either change your default Save As file type to Office 97-2003 format, or get in the habit of saving individual documents in Office 97-2003 format if you will be sharing them with other users. 

-How to save Compatible Files in Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007.

If you are using a computer that has not upgraded to Office 2007, note that you are still highly likely to receive files created in Office 2007 from your colleagues or students.

To avoid problems with opening, reading, editing, or saving any Office 2007 files you receive, you must install the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

-Install the Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007 files.

Previous Versions of Microsoft Office  
Below are some of the handouts to many of the instructor-led hands-on classes that have been offered through Technology Support Services. The resources are organized by class.
Microsoft Office Suite:


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