# Transition From Excel 2003 to Excel 2007

### Excel spreadsheets (.xls)

I’ve talked about the upcoming **cloud based Excel** that will be launching in a few months and I’m certainly excited to try out the upcoming version. That being said, I’m not exactly running the most recent version of excel. In fact, I currently use Excel on a few computers:

-Work computer: Excel 2003

-Home computer #1: Excel 2007

-Home computer #2: Excel 2010

-Wife’s Mac computer: **Excel for Mac**

This week, they upgraded my Excel at work from 2003 to 2007 (enterprise is a always lagging a bit) and I was reminded of how drastically different those 2 are. Despite already being an Excel 2007 user, I was caught off guard. So today I thought I’d go over a few of the excel options that I looked into to get me comfortable again:)

The big difference of course is that the top menus are completely different (the ribbon menus they are called) and I would argue that more clicks are required and I sometimes feel like I lose time using it. So first off, where can Excel options be found?

First off, I decided to change the color scheme to add a bit of character, see how I did here:

Here is what it looks like:

The critical part in my opinion is finding the excel functions that you use most often and putting an icon on your top bar through the options:

You can add them here:

For example I added the “sort” function here:

Once you are able to add the most popular functions, you suddenly start seeing that Excel 2007’s power makes it a no-brainer upgrade. It’s faster, manages data a lot more efficiently and is just a big upgrade overall.

Have you upgraded to Microsoft Excel 2007? If so, how did it go?