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AU Introduces Microsoft Office 2010—Now Available to Faculty and Staff

Microsoft Office 2010 is now available to American University faculty and staff.The software can be downloaded via the portal on the download software page, or a DVD copy can be requested through the IT Help Desk. 

Office 2010 offers new design options to help you express your ideas with more impact. Some of these options are improved picture formatting tools, a wider range of customizable themes, and a greater selection of SmartArt graphic layouts. The document creation process is easier, due in part to enhanced search features, simplified navigation, the contextual spell checker, translation tools, and more.

Some of the new features of Office 2010 include:

  • Customizable Ribbon – The ribbon, introduced in Office 2007, has been improved in Office 2010 to include new tools and provide more flexibility. You can use the “minimize ribbon” button to hide the ribbon to create more workspace onscreen; you can customize the ribbon to create tabs and tool groups specific to your needs.
  • Backstage View – One of the major improvements in Office 2010 is backstage view, which allows you to manage the files you create in Office 2010 applications.
  • SmartTip Menu – Office 2010 makes the paste options commands more obvious with a SmartTip menu that pops up when you paste anything. The menu lists the different formats you can use for pasting your clip.
  • Translate Text – The translate tool lets you check phrases in foreign languages. You can send an entire document for translation in the browser, translate a selection in the research pane, or use the new mini-translator for text that is inside the document. The tools are on the “review” tab in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel (although only Word has all three tools).

IT’s Microsoft Office 2010 New Features class is designed to introduce current users to the exciting new features and functionality of Office 2010. Classes are open for registration now. Register at

You can also access Office 2010 video training tutorials online through the web-based software training library. A link can be found under your Personalized Links in the Technology section of the portal.

If you have any questions about this initiative, or would like to request a hard copy of Microsoft Office, please contact the IT Help Desk at 885-2550,, or IM AskAmericanUHelp.