You are very familiar with Access2003 Menus and Toolbars. Design tasks are so easy when you know what to look for and where they can be located.  Everything runs so smoothly and one day you hear some exciting news, Microsoft Access2007 released.  You can’t wait to see it and want to start using it’s exciting new features. You learned lot of things from Access2003 and ready to learn more and new things.

Finally, that day has come and you have got Microsoft Access2007 installed on your machine.  Started exploring the new interfaces to get a feel of things in the new version.

After a few days you are uncomfortable with the whole set up.  Don’t know where to locate Menus and Toolbar buttons (new name Ribbon) you were so familiar with earlier version of Access.  You suddenly realizes that design tasks of Forms and Reports are not going to be as easy as before, at least till you are familiar and comfortable with the new version of Access.

I know, you are ready to take any possible help from anybody to get going.  I think Microsoft also knows about your hardships and they have something for you to get around this issue, provided if you know what to look for in Access2003. 

There is an Excel Workbook: accessmaps.xls with Access2003 and Access2007 Menus and Toolbar Options side-by-side.  You can select the Access2003 Menus in Worksheets File, Edit etc. and at the left side locate menu options of Access2003 and at the right column you will find the corresponding Access2007 option, easy?

Well then, find the accessmaps.xls file and save a copy where you can find it easily, probably on your desktop.

Do the following to get the file:

  1. Click on the Access Help button (the circular button with a white question mark in blue background at the right end of the Menu Bar).  Microsoft Access Help window opens.
  2. Click on the Getting started option, under the Table of Contents, to open the sub-topics.
  3. Find Reference: Locations of Access 2003 commands in Access 2007 and click on it to open the details page at the right window.
  4. Click on New locations of familiar commands hyperlink to send you to the bottom of the document or use the vertical scroll bar to move to the bottom of the document.
  5. Click on the Access Ribbon mapping workbook and a File Download dialog box  opens up asking whether you want to open or save the accessmaps.xls file.
  6. You better save a copy on your Desktop so that whenever you want it you can find it easily.

If you could not locate AccessMap.xls file through the above procedure then download it from the following link:


Download – File: AccessMap.xls (Size:3.7MB)