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Changes in Office PowerPoint 2007

Updated: January 15, 2009

Applies To: Office Resource Kit

 

Topic Last Modified: 2009-01-07

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This article lists what is new and what has been changed or removed in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 from Microsoft Office 2003.

  • New XML file formats

  • New user interface, graphics, and formatting capabilities

  • Improved proofing tools

  • New sharing and collaboration features

  • New security features

  • Improved troubleshooting and recovery features

The file format for presentations created in Office PowerPoint 2007 has changed. For more information about new file formats in the 2007 Microsoft Office system, see File format reference for the 2007 Office system. For more information about migrating files to new file formats, or for coexisting with different versions of PowerPoint, see Planning for migration to the 2007 Office system and Migrating to the 2007 Office system.

  • Create, present, and share presentations faster with the Office Fluent user interface. For more information about the Office Fluent user interface, see Microsoft Office Fluent User Interface Resource Center (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=111045).

  • Use new themes, layouts, and Quick Styles for formatting presentations.

  • Create and reuse custom layouts to assemble presentations more quickly.

  • Modify shapes, text, and graphics with new SmartArt graphics tools and effects.

  • Use new character styles that provide you with more text choices.

  • Use tables and charts that have been redesigned to be much easier to edit and work with. For more information on chart feature changes, see Changes in Charting.

  • Uniformly format your presentations with one click by using Document Themes.

For more information about the new user interface, graphics, and formatting capabilities, see What's new in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=111043).

  • The spelling checker has been made more consistent across the 2007 Office system.

  • The 2007 Office system spelling checker includes the post-reform French dictionary.

  • An exclusion dictionary is automatically created for a language the first time that language is used.

  • The spelling checker can find and highlight some contextual spelling errors.

For more information about the proofing tools improvements, see What's new in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=111043).

For information about deploying multiple sets of proofing tools, see Deploy proofing tools for the 2007 Office system.

  • Export files to the formats Portable Document Format (PDF) and XML Paper Specification (XPS) by using the download of the 2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=111590).

  • Integrate presentations stored in Windows SharePoint Services with Microsoft Office Outlook 2007.

  • Easily repurpose and share content by using Slide Libraries and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

  • Initiate a live review of a PowerPoint presentation within a Groove workspace by using Microsoft Office Groove 2007.

For more information about the new sharing and collaboration features, see What's new in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=111043).

  • Prevent inadvertent changes to a final version of a document by using the Mark As Final command.

  • Find and remove hidden metadata and personal information in documents by using the Document Inspector.

  • Assure the authenticity, integrity, and origin of your presentation by adding an invisible digital signature.

  • Assign permissions that prevent others from copying, printing, or editing your presentation by using the 2007 Office system with Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services for Windows Server 2003.

  • Manage document properties in the Document Information Panel.

For more information about the new security features, see What's new in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=111043).

  • Microsoft Office Diagnostics is a series of diagnostic tests that can solve some problems directly and might identify ways that you can solve other problems.

  • Office PowerPoint 2007 has improved capabilities to help you to avoid losing work when the program closes abnormally.

For more information about the improved troubleshooting and recovery features, see What's new in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=111043).

  • AutoContent Wizard

  • Broadcast

  • Charts

  • Digital signatures

  • Document life cycle: Remove Hidden Data add-in tool for Office 2003 and versioning

  • Information Rights Management (IRM): Windows Rights Management Client

  • Macro recorder

  • Microsoft Script Editor (MSE)

  • Send for Review

  • Speech recognition

Description: The AutoContent Wizard feature is removed from Office PowerPoint 2007.

Reason for change: Templates provide a more consistent and predictable user experience when inserting content into a slide.

Migration path: Create presentations by using Office PowerPoint 2007 templates.

Description: The Broadcast feature is removed from Office PowerPoint 2007.

Reason for change: This feature was rarely used.

Migration path: Microsoft Office Live Meeting can help users collaborate online and share presentations with individuals or large groups in different locations. For more information about Microsoft Office Live Meeting, see Office Online Microsoft Office Live Meeting (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkId=110484).

Description: Some changes to the chart feature are:

  • The user interface for charts is redesigned.

  • The data for a graph in Office PowerPoint 2007 or Microsoft Office Word 2007 is stored in Microsoft Office Excel 2007, rather than in the graph datasheet.

  • Charts no longer automatically come to the front when they are selected.

  • If a user copies a chart from Office PowerPoint 2007 or Office Word 2007 and pastes the chart into a program other than Office PowerPoint 2007, Office Word 2007, or Office Excel 2007, the chart is pasted as a picture.

  • A graph in Office PowerPoint 2007 or Office Word 2007 that does not contain data does not show its title or legend.

  • 3-D charts have appropriate lighting and shading, and colors might not precisely match previous versions.

For information on all the chart feature changes, see Changes in Charting.

Description: The digital signature feature has the following changes:

  • The signature format in the 2007 Office system is XMLDSig.

  • The digital signature entry point is moved from Tools, Options, Security, Digital Signatures to the Microsoft Office Button, Prepare, Add a Digital Signature and, for signed documents, to the Signature task pane.

  • Invalid signatures are no longer automatically removed.

  • The object model is extended to support the new model and to support existing solutions.

  • Third parties can create their own signing providers.

  • Users can access the previous functionality through a more visible and intuitive route.

Reason for change: The digital signatures feature is more visible and intuitive. Users can view when signature verification is performed, and who has signed the document. Third parties can create custom signing solutions.

Description: The document life cycle has the following changes:

  • The Document Inspector replaces the Remove Hidden Data add-in tool for Office 2003. The entry point and user interface are different. The new user interface enables multiple inspectors to run, which gives the user more granular control of the document-cleaning process. For more information about the Document Inspector feature, see the article Remove hidden data and personal information from Office documents (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkId=110482).

  • Minor versioning is included in the 2007 Office system. Previous versioning could only be enabled or disabled. Versioning numbers can now be represented by decimals to represent minor versioning; for example, 2.2 in addition to 2.

Reason for changes:

  • The Document Inspector provides Remove Hidden Data add-in functionality in the 2007 Office system and is more discoverable. Users do not have to download the Remove Hidden Data add-in tool separately.

  • The same versioning functionality in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 now exists in the 2007 Office system.

Migration path: Install the 2007 Office system.

Description: The 2007 Office system no longer supports Windows Rights Management Client v. 1.0. The 2007 Office system requires Windows Rights Management Client SP2. Users who have the previous Windows Rights Management client installed are prompted to install the new client version. Users do not notice a change with the new client version.

Reason for change: Security fixes in the 2007 Office system are incompatible with the previous Windows Rights Management Client.

Migration path: Users with the previous client version are prompted to upgrade to the new version, which is available as a download from the Microsoft Download Center as Microsoft Windows Rights Management Services Client with Service Pack 2 x86 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkId=111868).

For more information about IRM, see Configure Information Rights Management.

Description: The macro recorder feature is removed from Office PowerPoint 2007.

Migration path: Use Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to create or edit macros.

Description: Microsoft Script Editor is used to add text, edit HTML tags, and edit any Microsoft Visual Basic Scripting Edition (VBScript) code in a data access page. You can also view your page in Microsoft Script Editor as it would appear in a Web browser. Microsoft Script Editor is not available in Office PowerPoint 2007. If you save a PowerPoint 97–2003 file that contains data associated with these features in Office PowerPoint 2007, the data will be permanently lost.

Migration path: Microsoft Script Editor is not available in Office PowerPoint 2007. If you save a PowerPoint 97–2003 file that contains data associated with these features in Office PowerPoint 2007, the data will be permanently lost.

Description: The user-interface entry points for the Send for Review feature, accessible at File, Send To, Mail Recipient (For Review), are removed.

Reason for change: The Send for Review feature is superseded by the group collaboration features in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. The collaboration features in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 provides a more robust workflow.

Migration path: Migrate to a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 environment to use the document life cycle workflow offering. Alternatively, users can send the document to reviewers in e-mail. Reviewers can comment on the document by using the Comments feature located on the Review tab. For more information about the Comments feature, see Add, change, or delete a comment in a presentation (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkId=110486).

Description: The entry points for the speech recognition features have been removed from the user interface in Microsoft Office Access 2007, Office Excel 2007, Office PowerPoint 2007, and Office Word 2007.

Migration path: Windows Vista provides speech recognition features that can be enabled from Control Panel | Control Panel Home | Ease of Access | Speech Recognition Options. To download and install speech recognition on the Windows XP operating system, see Microsoft Speech SDK 5.1 (SpeechSDK51.exe) (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=130386).

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