I’m a power user. I use shortcuts as much as possible because they save time and relatively easy to remember. Actually, I can’t remember what shortcuts I use other than copy, cutting and pasting in Explorer. What else is there? There is no other purpose than to move files around either by copy or simply moving. I suppose it’s useful for opening files up too, but that doesn’t require any shortcuts.
I showed my mom today the new UI in Windows 8 for Explorer. She has used Office 2007 and Office 2010 at home, but uses 2003 at work. Here’s what she said:
Well, I don’t know what any of that means.
She can figure out how to move her pictures on her own, but only as long as that little pop up comes up when you plug in a USB camera. She gets confused with folders but generally manages well. When she needs to copy something, and I’ve seen her do this, she will not go to the menu but instead she will right click and hit copy. She had no reaction to the UI changes. I don’t know if this means it doesn’t matter until she uses it or if she doesn’t care how it looks.
But you know, when I showed her Word in Office 2007 the first time, she hated it. She liked her menus. She loved them. She protested slightly less with Office 2010 but still disliked it. In contrast, in Office, I think it makes sense to have the ribbon. Advanced tools are brought to the forefront. I always set paragraph styles via a context menu in Office 2010 but it’s also much easier to add page and column breaks in Office 2010 than it ever was in Office 2003.
Here’s a comment I wrote to someone on Google+ about this.
I like the ribbon in office. It exposes a lot of useful things buried in menus. The ribbon makes sense when there was no other way to get to the functionality, e.g. a context menu. I always change paragraph settings by high lighting my text, right clicking and then selecting the paragraph style settings. I have no idea how to do it from the ribbon because it doesn’t have anything to do with the ribbon, it’s based on context. On the other hand, there is no better way to insert different types of page or column breaks than by using the ribbon.
I almost feel like the ribbon makes more sense now that I have a Mac. OSX had right clicking, but it didn’t embrace it, instead there would be palettes, menus and buttons.
I like the idea of exposing functionality but all it needs is a cleaner presentation.
In two weeks, this will die down and nobody will care. That’s what Windows 8 will be like unless their is a massive overhaul; that won’t happen. I assume most Normal People™ will not care what it looks like. If a button says copy instead of right clicking, they will hit the button.
When I get a chance, I will ask some real Normal People™ what they think of these changes.
People like buttons.
Didn’t someone say 90% of people only use 10% of the features?