Start & Explore (Customizing the Ribbon)

In this exercise, you’ll customize the ribbon in the Word program window by using techniques that are common to all Office 2010 programs. You’ll turn off tabs, remove groups, create a custom group, and add a command to the group. Then you’ll create a tab and move groups of buttons to it. Finally, you’ll reset the ribbon to its default state.

1. Open the Word Options dialog box, and then click Customize Ribbon. The Customize Ribbon page is displayed.

2. In the list on the right, clear the check boxes of the Insert, Page Layout, References, Mailings, and Review tabs. Then click OK. The ribbon now displays only the File, Home, and View tabs.

3. Redisplay the Customize Ribbon page of the Word Options dialog box, and in the right pane, select the Page Layout check box. Then click the plus sign to display the groups on this tab. 

4. Above the left pane, click Choose commands from and then, in the list, click Main Tabs. In the Main Tabs list, click the plus sign adjacent to Page Layout to display the groups that are predefined for this tab. 

5. In the right pane, click the Paragraph group, and then click Remove. The group is removed from the Page Layout tab on the ribbon (the list on the right) but is still available in the list on the left. You can add it back to the Page Layout tab or add it to a different tab at any time. 

6. In the right pane, click the plus sign adjacent to Home to display its groups, and then click the word Home. 

7. Below the right pane, click New Group. When the New Group (Custom) group is added to the bottom of the Home group list, click Rename, type Final in the Display name box, and click OK. Then click the Move Up button until the Final group is at the top of the list. 

Because of its location in the list, the new group will appear at the left end of the Home tab.

8. In the Choose commands from list, click File Tab. The available commands list changes to include only the commands that are available in the Backstage view, which you display by clicking the File tab.

9. In the available commands list, click Inspect Document, and click Add. Then repeat this step to add Mark as Final. The two commands are added to the custom group.

10. In the right pane, remove the Font, Paragraph, and Styles groups from the Home tab, and remove the Page Background group from the Page Layout tab.

11. Click the word Home, and then below the list, click New Tab. A new tab is added to the right pane and is selected for display on the ribbon. It has automatically been given one custom group.

12. Click Remove to remove the custom group.

13. Click New Tab (Custom), and then click Rename. In the Rename dialog box, type Formatting in the Display name box, and click OK.

14. Display Main Tabs in the list on the left, and then expand the Home and Page Layout tabs.

15. With the Formatting tab selected in the right pane, add the Font, Paragraph, and Styles groups from Home in the left pane, and then add Page Background from Page Layout. The right pane shows the new configuration of the Home, Formatting, and Page Layout tabs.

16. In the Word Options dialog box, click OK. The Home tab displays the new Final group.

17. Click the Formatting tab. The formatting commands are now collected on the Formatting tab.

18. Display the Customize Ribbon page of the Word Options dialog box. In the lower right corner, click Reset, and then click Reset all customizations. Then in the message box asking you to confirm that you want to delete all ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar customizations, click Yes.

19. Click OK to close the Word Options dialog box. The default ribbon configuration is restored.

Close the open document.


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