Microsoft Office: Customize the Ribbon

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Microsoft Office: Customize the Ribbon

In Office 2016, 2013, and 2010, the menu interface is different than previous versions. The menu now consists of tabs, each with its own set of options. If you want to customize which options appear under each tab, you can do so by customizing the ribbon.


Customized ribbons are NOT shared between programs (i.e., Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).

  1. Right-click any tab > Select "Customize the Ribbon."
  2. Click the [New Tab] button underneath the right-hand column.
  3. Select "New Tab" in list > click [Rename…].
  4. Rename the tab and click [OK].
  5. Click "New Group" in list > click [Rename…].
  6. Rename the group and click [OK].
  7. Use [Add>>] to add commands from the left-hand column to your custom group.

This function is not available in Office 2007 or earlier. 

Keywords: custom tabs, custom groups, custom menu, file menu, home menu

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