Move the UI elements such as Ribbons, Menu, and Status Bar to the side to make room for more document view.
When editing documents, the UI suffers from the lack of vertical space to display the documents (unless the document was in landscape orientation, of course). Since traditional documents are viewed in portrait, shouldn't the UI complement that fact and allow us to make maximum use of the screen height for viewing them?
My suggestion is, at least Word should provide me an option to move the UI elements such as buttons, ribbons, menu, and status bar around and snap them into sides (similar to the way Photoshop treats its UI).
Here is a visual example:
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Please move all menus to side on Excel, Word, Outlook, powerpoint, Browser, and others. It is anoing to spend mony on wide screen and new laptops to then see less of my files on the screen at a time. With wide window I want to see more of working files. It is nice that I have always been able to move the desktop task bar to any edge of the screen, now do this for all other menus and graphic file type icon. I find with each upgrade or new version the menu graphic is now blocking more of my screen. I minimize them and then it becomes popup annoyance or lack of popup when I need it.
This one makes my skin crawl reading it...
BUT... yeah, it's necessary and worthwhile once you think about it. (I'm vote 74.)
When I have a single page displayed for working with, vs. two side-by-side, I have a great deal of "real estate" right and left of it on the screen. If I could move elements like the Ribbon to the side/s, I'd have more up and down real estate to view my page or perhaps a bit of another without having to Zoom down with the loss of size that entails and without the loss of fidelity in font appearance.
Quite a very nice idea. Worth voting for folks.
You know, until they start selling monitors that can be rotated when desired again. Or we all have 2-3 monitors and I can keep one turned on its "side" at all times for standard page dimension fidelity. Or, you know, until they finally make those glasses that have the screen displayed in them but since it's so close to the eye it's like a 50" screen. I'm putting my hope in this rather than any of those although... I'd take any of them, especially if I could afford a third monitor... Although at home, there's only room for one. (Sigh...)
I use a tv as a second monitor and I would not want to buy another one if I didn't need to. If the taskbar can be verticalized then it should be intuitive that office ribbons should as well
This must only be done as an *option*!!!!
Outside of this list, with 23 years of TechComm under my belt, I have never heard anyone comment that this would be a good idea.
Jan Wx, NZ commented
If you need it urgently why not buy an external monitor which you can rotate vertically and then you have all the height you need. $250 & fixed properly
We need this urgently. What waste of space for Portrait A4 or Letter documents
Denise K. Yancey commented
Please make this an option, because sometimes I do want it at the top so it doesn't block the sides. Thanks.
Happy Cloud 14 commented
Voted U back 3 votes times 2
I think that it should be an option
Jan Wx, NZ commented
Yes long overdue, with most monitors being wide screens, the logical place is on the left or right. Do keep the quick tool bar on the window frame though, and do bring the full window frame back please!
Lisa Wilke-Thissen commented
Although I usually minimize the ribbon - and also hide white space (margins on top and bottom) - I would appreciate "floating" panes, e.g. like the Styles pane.
You can, always collapse, or even hide the Ribbon. I've moved my Taskbar and notifications in Windows to the side. This both gives more vertical space and provides room for more information in the Taskbar.
I miss the ability to position toolbars at the bottom and on the sides of documents (Word 97-2003). It is my understanding that this capability was removed at the request of corporate IT support departments. If so, I doubt it will be restored.
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@ron007 Hey Ron, your workaround is pretty nice. However, the current second monitor I'm having is mostly good for watching videos, reading news, articles, etc. Using it to edit documents for a long time really hurts my eyes, and the 3 default office themes (White, Light gray, Dark gray) are not dark enough. Plus, my display can't rotate to portrait mode, and even if it can, it would be annoying to keep rotating every time I need to watch a video or do something else in landscape mode and then rotate back...
So my idea is to solve the problems with software first, then hardware can come later.
Or, since the "ribbon" is just another shell on top of the original application code replacing the menu system (ie "lipstick on a pig") how about simply giving us the option of going back to the good old Menu system!
PS: Cei, I have come up with a better workaround. I have added a second monitor to my computer and rotated it to portrait orientation. This way the ugly "phat" ribbon does not waste as large a proportion of my expensive vertical working space on screen.
Plus having a second screen is a great productivity booster in general!