Probably the single biggest change in the Visio 2010 Fluent interface is the arrival of “the Ribbon”, a sort of giant toolbar that contains most of the commands previously displayed on menus and toolbars.
In this Visio 2010 Training video we examine this new feature and describe how to minimize the Ribbon when space is at a premium. This may be useful if you are viewing the Visio 2010 screen on a small device, such as a netbook or tablet computer, and we include a simple keystroke to toggle the ribbon between full and minimized states.
The Ribbon is part of Visio 2010’s new look
We continue to explore the tabs, the rough approximate of the old menus, and describe the paragraph launchers which are now part of some command groups displayed on the Ribbon. We also describe and briefly demonstrate the contextual tabs that appear on the ribbon when an object is selected – in this case we use a picture, but it could just as easily be a chart or some other type of object.
What does the Ribbon tutorial contain?
Contextual tabs are universally found on the ribbon in Office 2010 and largely replace the dialog boxes, and in many cases the task-panes found in earlier versions. Each only becomes visible when the object to which they refer is selected – click away from the picture, chart or other object, and the Ribbon that corresponds to the contextual tab disappears. We explore some of these briefly and demonstrate their functionality.
Finally we look at how the Shape task pane can now be minimized, again to save space if required.