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Personlise the Ribbon

Personalise the Ribbon in Word 2010 to get better access to the commands that you use. You can create your own tabs and groups on the Ribbon, and also personalise the existing tabs and groups.

Create a New Group on an Existing Tab

Add new groups to existing tabs on the Ribbon and include the commands you need.

  1. Right click anywhere on the Ribbon
  2. Select Customize the Ribbon
  3. Select the tab that you want to add the group to
  4. Click the New Group button
  5. Creating a new group on a Ribbon tab

  6. In the Choose commands from list, select the commands you want to add to the group and click Add after each one. If you cannot see the command you want, click the drop list arrow next to Popular Commands and select All Commands
  7. Select the group you just created, which should be called New Group (Custom), and click Rename
  8. Rename a group

  9. Enter a name for your group and click Ok
  10. Your new group is created providing faster access to the commands you need

Create a New Ribbon Tab

You can also create your own tab, and include the groups you want. This is the ultimate option allowing you to create your own all-in-one solution to fit your Word 2010 needs.

Combine it with customising the Quick Access Toolbar and knowing some useful keyboard shortcuts, and you shouldn't have to click on any other Ribbon tab again. All the other tabs can be hidden as described below.

  1. Right click anywhere on the Ribbon
  2. Click Customize the Ribbon
  3. Click the New Tab button
  4. A new tab and group are created and named New Tab (Custom) and New Group (Custom) respectively

  5. Select the tab and click Rename
  6. Enter a name for your tab and click Ok
  7. Rename a tab after creating one

  8. Rename the group in the same way
  9. Add the commands you want to the group using the Choose commands from list by selecting the command and clicking Add. If you cannot see the command you want, click the drop list arrow next to Popular Commands and select All Commands
  10. Add more groups to your tab as necessary. Add the required commands and don't forget to rename the groups
  11. Click Ok when finished
  12. New tab shown on the Ribbon

Hide Ribbon Tabs

Tabs that you do not use can be hidden giving your Ribbon and more clean and tidy appearance.

  1. Right click anywhere on the Ribbon
  2. Click Customize the Ribbon
  3. Uncheck the boxes next to the tabs you do not want shown
  4. Click Ok

Minimise the Ribbon

The Ribbon can now be minimised at the click of a button conserving more screen space.

  • Click the Minimize the Ribbon button
  • Minimise the Ribbon button

    Or

  • Press Ctrl + F1

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