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Difference of Tools Menu between Word 2003, Word 2007 and Word 2010

There is not Tools menu in Word 2007 and 2010. All items in the Tools menu of Office 2003 have been moved to several tabs in Word 2007 and 2010. Perhaps they are difficult to find.

Classic menu for Word 2007 and 2010 brings back the old menus and toolbars to Word 2007 and 2010. The screen shot is as following.

Screen shot of Word 2010

Modified items in Classic Menu for Word 2007 and 2010

  • New Items
Thesaurus… Translate Create Document Workspace
Compare & Combine Add-Ins… COM Add-Ins…
Controls XML Templates
  • Deleted Items
Fix Broken Text… Speech Online Collaboration Customize…
  • Moved Items
   Letters and Mailings
  • Renamed Items
Templates and Add-Ins Compare and Merge Documents…
Shared Workspace… Tracking Changes
  • Improved Items
Tracking Protect Document…


Tools Menu of Word 2003

image of Tools Menu in Word 2003

Tools Menu of Classic Menu for Word 2007 and 2010

image of Tools Menu in Word 2010

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This is a new item in the Tools drop down menu of Word 2010. The new Thesaurus allows us to look up synonyms and antonyms; it will advice some words with similar meaning to the selected word.


Translate is also a new item in Word 2010. This item contains four sub-items: Translate Document, Translate Selected Text, Mini Translator, and Choose Translation Language…

image of Translate in Word 2010

By Translate Document", selected document will be sent over Internet and be translated by Microsoft Translator Service.

Create Document Workspace and Share Workspace

Create Document Workspace is a new item in the Word 2010, and it takes replace of Share Workspace which stays in the Tools drop down menu of Word 2003 originally.


Classic Menu in Word 2010 greatly enriches the functions of Track Changes in Word 2003, and Classic Menu in Word 2010 renamed it with Tracking. In Word 2003, there is only one Track Changes option, while in Word 2010, there are 8 options for Tracking as follow:

Track Changes

The first sub-item, Track Changes, consists of three options: Tracking Changes, which will show you all changed content in current word document, such as deleted content, moved ones, edited ones, and more; Change Tracking Options… will help us to set marking color, marking formats, such as adding underline, strikethroughs; Change User Name… will show the author who have changed this word document.

image of Track Changes in Word 2010


The second item, Balloons, will enable us to select how to show those reviews: Show Revisions in Balloons, Show All Revisions Inline, and Show Only Comments and Formatting in Balloons.

image of Balloons in Word 2010

Display for Review

Comparing to how to show reviews, the job of Display for Review is to select which reviews will be shown: showing original or final word document, and contents with markup or not: Original, Original: Show Markup, and Final, Final: Show Markup.

image of Display for Review in Word 2010

Reviewing Pane

The job of Reviewing Pane is to view reviews in a vertical pane or horizontal pane. In fact, we can also find this item in View drop down menu in Word 2010.

image of Reviewing Pane in Word 2010


The Accept item is separated into four options: Accept and Move to Next, by which you can accept your believed changes one by one; Accept Change, Accept All Changes Shown, and Accept All Changes in Document.

image of Accept in Word 2010


Similar four option for this Reject item as those for Accept item.

image of Reject in Word 2010

Previous and Next

Previous item is to lead us to view previous review in current word documents, so we can check it before deciding to accept or reject it. The Next item is to lead us to view next review.

Compare_Combine and Compare and Merge Documents…

Actually there is no functional difference between Compare_Combine in Word 2010 and Compare and Merge Documents… in Word 2003. But the Classic Menu in Word 2010 divides Compare and Merge Documents... into two: Compare two versions of a word document, and Combine revisions from multiple authors into one word document.

image about Compare and Combine of Tools menu in Word 2010


Protect Document…

Comparing to the Protect Document in Word 2003, the functions of Protect Document… in Word 2010 are much richer. There are 6 new sub-items for Protect Document… in Word 2010: Mark as Final, Encrypt Document, Restrict Permission, Block Authors, and Add a digital Signature.

image about Protect Document of Tools Menu in Word 2010


Add-Ins…, COM Add-Ins…, XML, Templates, and Templates and Add-ins

The Add-Ins… in Word 2010 is completely same as Templates and Add-ins in Word 2003, except their name. Both can open a Templates and Add-ins Window.

Com Add-Ins

COM Add-Ins… is new in Tools menu of Word 2010, and its job is to manage the available Com Add-ins.


XML is also a new one in Word 2010. It is added to manage XML add-ins, and it consists of 4 options: Structure, Schema, Transformation, and Expansion Packs.

image about XML of Tools Menu in Word 2010


Templates is new one in Word 2010, too. Two options are arranged for it: Document Template and Document Panel. Document Template is to view and change attached document templates, and manage global templates and add-ins. Document Panel is to specify a type of document information panel template to be shown in Microsoft Office compatible programs.

image about Template of Tools Menu in Word 2010



This is a new item in the Tools menu of Word 2010. Its job is to insert all kinds of controls, such as text content control, picture content control, and more. It is divided into 11 branches:

image about Control of Tools Menu in Word 2010

  • Design Mode;
  • Properties;
  • Group;
  • Rich Text Content Control;
  • Plain Text Content Control;
  • Picture Content Control;
  • Combo Box Content Control;
  • drop down List Content Control;
  • Date Picker Content Control;
  • Building Block Gallery Content Control;
  • Legacy Tools


Fix broken Text…, Speed, Online Collaboration, and Letters and Mailings

Fix Broken Text is a very powerful feature but disappears in Word 2010. However, Word 2010 will bring back and recover automatically lost document when we open that document again if the editing document is lost or broken caused by some special aspects, such as power off without saving. The Word 2010 is so powerful that it can protect and restore our document automatically. So we do not need to worry about this powerful feature.

Apart from these lost items, there are still some items disappearing: Speech, Online Collaboration, and Letters and Mailings. By the way, most functions of Letters and Mailings are collected in new Mailings drop down menu in Word 2010.



This may be the most great different from that in classic menu of Word 2003. Word 2003 supports customizing buttons and toolbars. We are able to create our own buttons or items according to our own needs. However, Word 2010 only supports very easy customization. So this customize items is taken away from Tools menu list in Word 2010.

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What is Classic Menu for Office

The software Classic Menu for Office is designed for the people who are accustomed to the old interface of Microsoft Office 2003, XP (2002) and 2000. It brings back the classic menus and toolbars to Microsoft Office (includes Word) 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365. The classic view helps the people to smoothly upgrade to the latest version of Office, and work with Office 2007/2010/2013/2016 as if it were Office 2003 (and 2002, 2000).

Classic Look of Word 2007/2010

Screen Shot of Classic Menu for Word
  • All new features and commands of Office 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365 have been added to the menus and toolbars;
  • Without any training or tutorials after upgrading, users can work with Office 2007/2010/2013/2016 immediately;
  • Easy to find any command items you want to process;
  • Easy to show or hide the classic menus, toolbars and ribbon tabs;
  • Easy to install and use. Supports all languages. Free download!


Classic Menu for Office

It includes Classic Menu for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher, Access, InfoPath, Visio and Project 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019 and 365.


Classic Menu for Office 2007

It includes Classic Menu for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook 2007.





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