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In Word 2010, you can arrange the ribbon the way you want. You can create new tabs and put the commands you use most often on them. You can move the tabs where you want. Really, you get to design the Word ribbon to match your own flow when you're working on documents. This is happy news, because when Word 2007 came out, people immediately wanted to customize the ribbon--to put the things they wanted where they wanted or to add new tabs. Word 2007 didn't include a friendly way to do that. Now, it's as easy as clicking File, clicking Options, and clicking Customize Ribbon.From there, you can add your own tabs by clicking New Tab and then clicking the new tab and clicking Rename (so that you can call it something more fun and descriptive than "New Tab").
For example, I can add a tab called "Writing."And to those tabs, you can add your own groups. In my example, I add groups for printing, formatting, and tools.
Now that you have your own tab and your own groups, you can add any commands you want from the command well (which sounds a little bit like a wishing well). To see all of them, click the arrow below Choose commands from, and then click All Commands. It's a long list.
Next, click the group you want to add commands to, click a command in the list of commands, and then click Add. To continue with my Writing tab example, I can add Quick Print and Print Preview and Print to my Printing group. I can put things like Header, Footer, and Table of Contents in my Formatting group. And I can add Thesaurus to my Tools group.
I can use the arrow keys to order my commands exactly the way I want them (in this case, up means left and down means right).
Finally, I can use that up arrow key to move my Writing tab all the way to the left of my Word ribbon, so that it's open automatically when I start Word.
Set the Word ribbon up the way you want it. And if you change your mind, you can change your ribbon, too.For more information, see this quick video, or read up on the detailed instructions for customizing the ribbon in Office programs.
-- Joannie Stangeland
Mostly I like the options & Office 2010 in general but it is really annoying that there is so little difference between the color of the active window and any window behind it -I've shut down Outlook more than once already by accident
Thanks for your comment, Thomas. I'll pass it along.
How do you customize the ribbon for the Mac version of Word? This guide doesn't seem to be available for the non-Windows version...
Sorry, what I meant was you can't customize anything inside the tabs, all you can do is add/remove tabs. For example, I want to put a "bookmarks" button in the ribbon but I can't.
(Also can't do a hyperlink one.)
Short answer: I don't know. Better answer: Check out the Office for Mac blog: http://blog.officeformac.com/.
How can I see the file path of the document I'm working on in the ribbon. This was the most important function of the tool bar in older versions of word for me. I can't find it in the new version.
This is all very well, except my File menu does not have "options" as a choice. A great shame because there are way too many icons in my ribbon and I would love to redesign it, as I am able to with Word 2007 on my PC.
Can you help?
Are you referring to the File tab in Word 2010 on a PC? Or are you using a different version of Word?
You can add the Document Location to the QAT. Click the File tab, click Options, click Quick Access Toolbar, and then choose Commands Not in the Ribbon and scroll until you find Document Location.
Your question inspired me to creat a video on how to do this. It should be ready Wednesday.
Can I modify the key (after I hit Alt) of those custom tabs I created (or the default one)?
Currently I have a couple of custom tabs, their "keytip" or "key" is Y1 and Y2, which slowed my keyboard operations. Ultimately I would like to replace the default ribbon tabs with a whole set of my own. I remember some older applications allow me to assign the key by putting an "&" in front of the letter, eg. "&My Menu" gives me underlined M and I can hit Alt, m, ...etc.
I'm not sure, but I can try to look into it and get back to you. Readers, any ideas?
Also, have you posted your question on http://answers.microsoft.com? It's a good resource.
I must add my vote to the others: of my last three laptops (over seven years) each has a longer screen diagonal than the last. And yet each has less screen area (length x width). Software developers may not have noticed this trend but if it continues I will give in and use Landscape as my default page layout.
Suggestion for Thomas Martin: I also struggled (in Windows 7) with that issue of not being clear where one window stops and the next starts, until I found
Control Panel / Display / Personalization / Window Colour / Active Window Border
and set it to wider than the default 1 pixel and a deeper colour.
Thanks for your comment and for the tip, Bob.
Why can't I add a Postnet bar code to my envelopes in Word 2010? Very frustrating!