File menu change for the better in Office 365

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There’s a small but very welcome change coming to the File menu in Office 365 for Windows.

It’s one of those changes that Microsoft doesn’t promote or even mention.  Maybe because it’s quite small or perhaps because it fixes an embarrassing design flaw.

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Currently the File menu scrolls off the bottom of the screen if there’s not enough space.  The bottom items are important such as Account and Options (the gateway to many vital Office program settings and choices).

To scroll down the File menu, use the vertical scroller on the far right of the window – hardly intuitive.

From the latest Office Insiders (v2008 build 131117.2), it seems this problem is finally being fixed!

When there’s no room for the entire File menu, there’s a More … item.  Click More … and there’s a flyout menu to show the rest of the File Menu.

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It’s an improvement and hopefully there’ll be a few more tweaks before this, overdue, change goes public.

The flyout menu flows down from the More … link if there’s screen space.  We’d prefer it to appear within the Office app window, which it does when there’s not enough screen space below the app.  Could the flyout menu appear after just hovering over More …, instead of requiring a click?

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