Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Tip 3: Customizing the Ribbon
Customizing the Ribbon
Tip 2 describes how to customize the Quick Access toolbar by adding Ribbon commands, but some
users prefer to make some changes to the Ribbon itself.
You can customize the Ribbon in these ways:
➤ Add a new tab.
➤ Add a new group to tab.
➤ Add commands to a group.
➤ Remove groups from a tab.
➤ Remove commands from custom groups.
➤ Change the order of the tabs.
➤ Change the order of the groups within a tab.
➤ Change the name of a tab.
➤ Change the name of a group.
➤ Reset the Ribbon to remove all customizations.
That’s a fairly comprehensive list of customization options, but you cannot do some actions:
➤ You cannot remove built-in tabs — but you can hide them.
➤ You cannot add commands to built-in groups.
➤ You cannot remove commands from built-in groups.
➤ 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.
How to customize the Ribbon
You customize the Ribbon in the Customize Ribbon tab of the Excel Options dialog box (see Figure 3-1).
The quickest way to display this dialog box is to right-click anywhere in the Ribbon and choose
Customize the Ribbon.