Tips & Tricks

Office Tip – Making your own Ribbon

When Office 2007 arrived on our desktops it took a little while to get used to the tabs and ribbons at the top of the screen which had replaced the menus.  We located the most commonly used tasks and then found that, for most of us, we only needed a small percentage of the icons available. 

When Office 2010 arrived, it seemed that little had changed.  We were relieved that most of the tools were still in the same position and navigation was relatively straight forward.  But, even so, half of the icons  still remained unused.

Well, the good news is that in Office 2010 you can customize the tabs and ribbons to only show the icons that you use and need.  And, you can even make your own tab and ribbon too.  Let’s explore…

Creating your own ribbon

  • Open the Office program – e.g. Word, Excel
  • Right click on the ribbon and select Customize the Ribbon


  • Click the New Tab button at the bottom of the window on the right hand side, and rename by using the Rename button
  • You can now locate commands from the left hand column and send across to your new tab

Customising the Existing Ribbons

  • Select the ribbon on the right hand side of the window

  • If you do not want the ribbon to be displayed, click to remove the tick from the check box
  • If you do not want an option on a ribbon, select it and click Remove in the middle of the two columns
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