Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Personalizing the Ribbon
● You cannot change the left-to-right order of the contextual tabs that appear when
you select a particular type of object or switch to a different editing mode. The move
options appear dimmed and are unavailable for the shared Background Removal
tab, for example, for the Blog Post tab in Word, and for any of the options in the Tool
Tabs group for any program.
● You can hide individual tabs. The Developer tab is hidden as part of the initial
configuration in all programs. You can banish any other tab as well by clearing its check box
in the Tabs list. If you’re confident that you will never use Word’s Mail Merge feature,
you can banish the Mailings tab. A hidden tab is not deleted, and it can be restored
at any time.
● You can change the order of groups within any tab, including default and contextual
tabs. You can, for example, move the Themes group from the left side of the Page
Layout tab in Word or Excel to the far right or to any position in the middle. To do so,
select the group and use the Move Up or Move Down button, or right-click and use
the equivalent choices on the shortcut menu.
● You can remove groups from any tab, including built-in tabs. Right-click the group
and click Remove. You can also move groups from one tab to another by using the
Move Up and Move Down buttons.
● You cannot remove commands from a default group, nor can you rearrange the
order of commands within such a group.
● You can create one or more custom tabs for each program. Each new custom tab
starts with one new custom group, which you can ill with individual commands. You
can also add groups from any existing tab to a custom tab. Figure 3-11 shows the
settings for a custom tab in Word, assembled from existing groups and individual
commands. Figure 3-12 shows the resulting custom tab in Word.
● You can add one or more custom groups to any tab, including default, custom,
and contextual tabs. You can then ill those groups with any commands available in
the current program and position the custom group anywhere on the tab. Use the
New Group button to create a group; click Rename to change the default label that
appears beneath the group.
● You can rename any default tab or group. The new name can contain punctuation
and other special characters and has no practical restrictions on its length. Select the
item from the Tabs list, and then click the Rename button to enter its new name.