We have seen ways to customize the MS Office Quick Access toolbar, we saw how to add tabs to MS Office and improve your document management, and we even went retro by getting back the classic ribbon-less look. In this Word tutorial on how to customize the Word 2010 ribbon, we stay devoted to the Ribbon, but improve our workflow by adding a favorites tab to the Ribbon with all our frequently used commands. Let’s fire up MS Word 2010 (this works for other MS Office applications too).
Your Own Favorites Tab Improves Your Workflow
You cannot change the default tab and groups on the Ribbon. But it’s very easy to add your own tab (and your own groups) with all your chosen commands. For example, there might be a task you do day in and day out. You might want to do it with as few clicks as possible. Customizing your own tab with the oft-used commands helps with your workflow. For example, I am a writer and blogger. Here’s how I would go about setting up a new tab on the Ribbon.
5 Steps To My Own Tab On The Ribbon
- Select File – Options – Customize Ribbon. Or you can right-click on Ribbon and choose Customize the Ribbon.
- Click on New Tab and then Rename if you want to rename it to something that’s more interesting than the dull ‘New Tab’.
- This tab is now your own. You can start populating them with commands. You can also create Groups for similar commands grouped together. Naming groups allows you to choose symbols from the dialog box.
- Commands can be picked up from and added to the groups from the list on the left which says – Choose commands from. To view all the commands available for you to pick, click the dropdown and select All Commands.
- Select the command and click on Add to move under the particular group. As you can see in the above screen, I have selected commands that help me with my writing.
- Use the arrow keys to arrange the commands in the order you want. Also, you can rearrange the entire tab order with the same arrow keys.
Oops…I Made A mistake
If you made a mistake or you just want to get back the original look, click on Reset to reset all customizations.
Export Your Ribbon Customizations
You can export all your hard work to another computer (say, if a colleague likes your tab groups). Click Import/Export – Select Export All Ribbon And Quick Access Toolbar Customizations. Type in a name for your customizations file and click Save. The file is saved with an “.exportedUI” extension.
The customization file can be imported via the same button.
Free Customized Ribbons Available For Download
Microsoft Office 2010 has taken user feedback and has packaged the most commonly used commands in a Favorites file for all programs under the Office suite. This is how the Word 2010 customized Ribbon file looks like:
The file is available here. You can read more about it on and also download the ones available for the other programs.
Do you feel that the Ribbon is friendlier now? Have you set up your own customized tab for productivity? Tell us about it.