Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Chapter 1: Customizing an Office Program
Chapter 1: Customizing
an Office Program
In This Chapter
Personalizing the Ribbon
Changing around the Quick Access toolbar
Choosing what appears on the status bar
Choosing a new screen background
Devising keyboard shortcuts in Word
This short chapter describes a handful of things you can do to customize
Office 2013 programs. Don’t be afraid to make like a software developer
and change a program to your liking. Many people are wary of retooling
Office programs, but you can always reverse the changes you make if you
don’t like them, as I explain throughout this chapter.
This chapter shows how to put your favorite button commands on the
Ribbon and Quick Access toolbar. Instead of fishing around for your favorite
commands, you can assemble them on the Ribbon or Quick Access toolbar
and locate them right away. You also discover how to change around the
status bar, dress up an Office program in a new set of clothes, and designate
your own keyboard shortcuts in Word.
Customizing the Ribbon
As you surely know by now, the Ribbon is the stretch of ground across the
top of all Office programs. The Ribbon is composed of tabs. On each tab,
commands are arranged by group. To undertake a task, you visit a tab on
the Ribbon, find the group with the command you want, and choose the
command. If you are so inclined, you can customize the Ribbon. You can
place the tabs and commands you know and love where you want to find
them on the Ribbon. And you can remove tabs and commands that aren’t
useful to you.
To customize the Ribbon, open the Customize Ribbon tab of the Options
dialog box with one of these techniques:
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