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Ten Office 2010 Add-Ins for Business Professionals

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Make Office 2010 even better with these ten add-ins. Eric Geier shows you how to get those familiar file menus back, integrate Outlook with social networks, add live web pages to presentations, and more.
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Microsoft has added some real neat features to Office 2010. But there's always room for improvement and for extra features that could be added. Here we'll look at ten different add-ins that you, as a business or IT professional, might find useful. All are free, though some have premium versions available.

Classic Menu for Office 2010

If you don't like the new Ribbon interface introduced back with the Office 2007 apps, this add-in is for you. The Classic Menu product line is from Addintools, which brings back the classic menus and toolbars, like you had in Office 2000/XP/2003, to Office 2007 or 2010. You might find this makes you more productive, at least when you're getting acquainted with the Ribbon.

These add-ins insert a new tab onto the Ribbon, which includes the familiar file menus up above and the shortcut buttons on the toolbars. See Figure 1 for an example.

The free version gives you the classic menu for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You must pay for support of other Office apps, which will cost you $15 a pop. But you can get Classic Menu for Office Professional 2010 for just $28.

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