You can use your favorite social network to register or link an existing account:
Or use your email address to register without a social network:
Sign in with these social networks:
Or enter your username and password
Forgot your password?
Yes, please link my existing account with for quick, secure access.
No, I would like to create a new account with my profile information.
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
The blurb prefacing this article states "If you're migrating to Office 2010 from Office 2003, the Office ribbon is the most striking change you'll immediately notice. Once you get the hang of it, it's great."
NO IT IS NOT! I personally have yet to find anyone who likes it. It is designed for illiterates and slows everything down as one is forced to click on each tab instead of the menus flowing. I have used Word since v.1 and both 2007 and 2010 are the worst iterations ever. Not least because Microsoft having come up with the ribbon is too arrogant to simply offer a "Classic" interface for those who prefer fluidity and text to messy little icons scattered all over the place. Functions are much harder to find than they were and the basic concepts that make Word such a good productivity tool are obfuscated in exchange for emphasis on "pretty" formatting.
By all means keep the ribbon to avoid losing face but please offer a classic interface for those of us who actually want to use the program to achieve real results. After all, it was Microsof which came up with and insisted on drop down menus in the first place.
As things are my recommendation would be that anyone with 2003 stick with it. 2007 was the ultimate "downgrade" and 2010 undoes some of the damage by restoring customisation but increments it with the absurd "backstage view".
I agree with @jtwoodfield. I have been required to move to this "upgrade" from Word 2003 against my wishes. It is unusable for a Word 2003 power user. I agree that it is designed primarily for computer illiterates, not people who are intensive users of Word every day.
It is incredibly arrogant of Microsoft to completely take away a user's ability to optimize his or her own writing environment and on top of it, to not allow customization at all.
I have purchased an add-in that simulates Word 2003 menus. I'll report back on how well that works.
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
Re: Customized Button Images
For many year I have been using a Thinkpad computer with the Word 97 program. Very easy to use, very stable, hardly ever problems of any kind. Very userfriendly in that it allows for fairly sophisticated features without one’s having to become a computer expert. Recently I was given a Thinkpad Edge computer with the Word 2010 program. Very complicated to use, unstable, and many problems. The Help feature is amazingly poor now.
One of the many problems is what appears to be the increased absence of freedom for the user to decide for himself how he wants things to be. For example, on the old program, I was able to modify the appearance of the toolbars, the font for all the various commands, etc., including for example the page colour, which I had light blue. This very convenient feature seems to have been removed, but it is not so important. A more troublesome problem is the absence of freedom for the user to make his own button images.
The work I am doing requires many little formatting adjustments, and other operations all for which I make macros. On the old program, I could insert the the macro onto what is now called the ribbon, and then go into ‘Customize’ and there was an easily accessible feature allowing me either to copy another button image onto the macro or to design my own button image. Then whenever I wanted to make the insertion, I would just click the appropriate button, with an image appropriate to the said operation. None of the images provided by Word, however, were of any use, unless I were to have an array of buttons the images of which would have no bearing on the operation in question: ‘Light blue square means this operation, which has nothing to do with light blue’, ‘A chequered square means this other operation, which has nothing to do with checks’, etc.
This very convenient feature seems now to have been removed, or?
There are also some styles that I need to apply very frequently to certain words, and in the old one again, I would just add the style to the ribbon and then design a button. That is now impossible. I can only make keyboard shortcuts, but I do not like using very many keyboard shortcuts, especially as I am already using very many for various foreign letters.
As mentioned, the Help feature is especially poor. Everything has now been scattered all over the place, and I spend very much time to find out where certain things now have been moved. Very often, however, I ask for information, and there only information about things I have not asked about. For example, I wanted to find out where the tabs feature is and nothing. Having new problems with spacing between letters, I also wanted find out what ‘kerning’ means, and the ‘Help’ feature just asked me whether I had spelled the word correctly. Yet the word ‘kerning’ occurs on the ‘Advanced’ part of ‘Font’. Wanting to find out how to access desktop from a document (rather than minimize what might be a number of open documents), Help again had nothing. After more than a month, I by accident discovered that one presses on the end of the taskbar. This is how I need to proceed: discover things by accident. Where ‘Tabs’ is I have still not discovered, except by going via ‘Paragraph’.
All these things one can live with, I suppose, but having a very small array of bizarre button images as the only option for marking customizations is very inconvenient indeed.
I should be most grateful if someone could kindly tell me of a way to make my own button images for the Quick Access Toolbar or the Ribbon.
I'm looking into your button image question.
As far as commands moving to new locations, have you had a chance to try the Interactive Guides? office.microsoft.com/.../learn-where-menu-and-toolbar-commands-are-in-office-2010-and-related-products-HA101794130.aspx. The guides can help you quickly find commands that you aren't seeing on the Ribbon.
Joannie, Where on Office Online would it talk about how to manage Table Properties in Word 2007 and Exporting and Importing Macros?
Dear Joannie, So frustrating, have spent ages in here trying to print gridlines for a table in Word 2010. Cannot find how to do it, figured out how to show gridlines, but not print with the gridlines, I cannot imagine anyone wanting to print without the gridlines, it looks so much better with. Please help me Joannie. Thanks
You need table borders! The gridlines won't print, but borders will. The instructions are the same for Word 2007 and Word 2010: office.microsoft.com/.../format-a-table-HA010034301.aspx.
I hope this helps.
Joannie, can you tell us how to customize the (Table) Design or Layout tabs? They don't appear in the Options / Customize Ribbon. Thanks.
In the Options dialog box, under Customize the Ribbon, click the arrow and then click All Tabs.