How to customize Office 2010 ribbon?

Office 2010 lets you customize the ribbon in all application including Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Excel 2010, etc. Ribbon is a task-oriented Graphical User Interface (GUI) in all Office applications. It was introduced in Office 2007 and is is retained n Office 2010. Ribbon is an alternative for the traditional menus and tool-bars in Microsoft Office.

On this interface, commands are grouped and organized into a set of tabs.The tabs on the Ribbon group all the commands relevant for each of the task areas. Microsoft Office 2010 and Office 2007 lets you create a custom Ribbon tab and group all your frequently used commands like save, undo, copy and paste etc. Custom ribbon tabs improve the usability of Office applications. Find below the steps to customize a ribbon in Office 2010.

How to customize a ribbon in Office 2010?

Within each Office 2010 application, you can create a custom Ribbon tab to group all the features that you commonly use.

  • 1. Open any Office 2010 application Eg. PowerPoint 2010, Excel 2010, Word 2010, etc.
  • 2. Click the File tab, and then click Options.
  • 3. In the Options dialog box, click Customize Ribbonand then click “New Tab” found towards the bottom of the dialog box. With the “New tab” selected, click Rename. In the text box labeled “Display name”, enter the name you want to assign to the Custom tab.
Customize Office 2010 Ribbon
  • 4. In the Choose command from list, select your commands from the default list of Popular Commands, or use the down down to select commands from any other list. Choose the commands you use the most and add them to your new tab by clicking Add.
  • 5. Use the up or down arrows next to the “Main Tabs” list, to organize your commands and the tab. You must select the “Command” or the “Tab” and use the arrow keys to organize them on the Ribbon. You may either make it the first or the last Tab on the ribbon interface for the Office app.
  • 6. Finally, Click OK to update all your changes. You may then access all your frequently used commands through the custom Tab.

Customize Office 2010 ribbon and improve your productivity in using Microsoft Office applications.

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