Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 1: Customizing an Office Program
Your Office program creates a new tab or group called “New Tab
(Custom)” or “New Group (Custom).” If you created a tab, Office also
creates a new group inside your new tab.
3. Click the Rename button to give the tab, group, or both a name.
In the Rename dialog box, enter a descriptive name and click OK. If
you’re naming a group, the Rename dialog box gives you the opportunity
to select an icon to help identify the group (see Figure 1-2).
4. Add groups, commands, or both to your newly made tab or group.
For instructions, see “Adding items to the Ribbon,” earlier in this chapter.
Resetting your Ribbon customizations
If you make a hash of the Ribbon, all is not lost because you can restore the
original settings. In the Options dialog box, click the Reset button (refer to
Figure 1-1) and choose one of these commands on the drop-down list:
✦ Reset Only Selected Ribbon Tab: Select a tab name on the right side of
the Options dialog box and choose this command to restore a tab to its
✦ Reset All Customizations: Choose this command to restore the Ribbon
in its entirety. All changes you made are reversed.
You can also remove tabs and groups you created if you discover you don’t
need them. See “Removing items from the Ribbon,” earlier in this chapter.
Exporting and importing program customizations
You can preserve your Ribbon and Quick
Access toolbar customizations for posterity in
a special file called an Import Customization
file; these files have the .exportedUI file
extension. Keep the file on hand for when you
need it, or distribute the file to co-workers. For
that matter, a co-worker who is proud of his or
her customizations can send them to you in a
file and you can load the customizations into
your Office program.
To save your Ribbon and Quick Access
toolbar customization settings in a file, go to
the File tab, choose Options, and visit to the
Customize Ribbon or Quick Access Toolbar
category of the Options dialog box. Then click
the Import/Export button and choose Export All
Customizations on the drop-down list. The File
Save dialog box opens. Give the customizations
file a name and click the Save button.
To load customizations from a file into your
Office program, return to the Customize
Ribbon or Quick Access Toolbar category of
the Options dialog box, click the Import/Export
button, and choose Import Customization File.
You see the File Open dialog box. Select the file
and click the Open button.