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Customizing the Ribbon

Customizing the Ribbon

One of the most publicized changes from Office 2003 to Office 2007 was the introduction of the Ribbon, which replaced the traditional File menu introduced more than 15 years ago.

While the Ribbon made the Office interface very powerful under Office 2007, it lacked the capability to be easily customized. With Office 2010 you can easily configure your tabs on the Ribbon however you like.

Start by selecting the File menu and choosing Options. Then choose Customize Ribbon on the left side of the screen.

This action will bring up the window shown in Figure 5.

The window for customizing the Ribbon includes two columns. The column on the left provides the list of available commands in the system. The column on the right provides the representation of the Ribbon. By default, the drop-down on the left shows all the popular commands.

Selecting one of the commands in the list box allows you to add it to the Ribbon displayed on the right. You can also remove items from the Ribbon by selecting the item in the right column and then clicking the Remove button.

You can further customize the Ribbon by using the buttons located on the bottom of this window. You can create new tabs and new tab groups with the New Tab and New Group buttons. You can rename both the tab and tab groups by selecting either a tab or tab group and then clicking the Rename button.

You can also reset the Ribbon back to the defaults. The Reset button allows you to reset the selected Ribbon tab or you can reset all of the customizations you've made.

Finally, you can export your configuration or import a different configuration.

Customizing the Ribbon, like the QAT, makes Word an even more productive tool.

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