Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 1: Customizing an Office Program
The left side of the dialog box (“Choose Commands From”) presents every
tab, group, and command in your Office program. To customize the Ribbon,
you select a tab, group, or command on the left side of the dialog box and
move it to the right side by clicking the Add button.
Keep reading to find out how to display tabs, groups, and commands in the
Options dialog box and how to do all else that pertains to customizing the
Ribbon. In case you make a hash of the Ribbon, you also find instructions for
restoring the Ribbon to its original state.
Displaying and selecting tab, group,
and command names
To customize the Ribbon, you need to display and select tab names, group
names, and command names in the Options dialog box (refer to Figure 1-1).
Start by opening the drop-down lists and choosing a display option:
✦ Choose Commands From: Choose an option to locate the tab, group,
or command you want to add to the Ribbon. For example, choose All
Commands to see an alphabetical list of all the commands in the Office
program you’re working in; choose Main Tabs to see a list of tabs.
✦ Customize the Ribbon: Choose an option to display the names of all
tabs, main tabs, or tool tabs. Tool tabs are the context-sensitive tabs
that appear after you insert or click something. For example, the Table
Tools tabs appear when you construct tables in Word.
After you choose display options on the drop-down lists, you can display the
names of groups and commands (refer to Figure 1-1):
✦ Displaying group names: Click a plus sign icon next to a tab name to see
the names of its groups. You can click the minus sign icon to fold group
names back into a tab name.
✦ Displaying command names in groups : Click the plus sign icon next to a
group name to see the names of its commands. You can click the minus
sign icon to collapse command names.
After you display the tab, group, or command name, click to select it.
Moving tabs and groups on the Ribbon
To change the order of tabs on the Ribbon or groups on a tab, go to the
Customize Ribbon category of the Options dialog box (refer to Figure 1-1)
and select the name of a tab or group on the right side of the dialog box.