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Customizing the Ribbon
Customizing the Ribbon
In Excel 2007, user interface modifications were limited to the Quick Access toolbar. But Excel
2010 lets you customize the Ribbon in many ways. Tip 11 describes how to customize the Quick
Access toolbar, but some users will prefer to make some changes to the Ribbon itself.
You can customize the Ribbon in these ways:
h Add a new tab.
h Add a new group to a tab.
h Add commands to a group.
h Remove groups from a tab.
h Remove commands from custom groups.
h Change the order of the tabs.
h Change the order of the groups within a tab.
h Change the name of a tab.
h Change the name of a group.
h Reset the Ribbon to remove all customizations.
That’s a fairly comprehensive list of customization options, but there are some actions that you
cannot do:
h You cannot remove built-in tabs — but you can hide them.
h You cannot add commands to built-in groups.
h You cannot remove commands from built-in groups.
h You cannot change the order of commands in a built-in group.
Unfortunately, you can’t customize the Ribbon (or Quick Access toolbar) by using
VBA macros. However, developers can write RibbonX code and store it in workbook
files. When the file is open, the Ribbon is modified to display new commands. Writing
RibbonX is relatively complicated and is the subject of several complete books.
Customizing the Ribbon is done in the Customize Ribbon panel of the Excel Options dialog box
(see Figure 12-1). The quickest way to display this dialog box is to right-click anywhere in the
Ribbon and choose Customize The Ribbon.
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