Office, how to customize the taskbar in Word or Excel

Microsoft Office 2010

One of the most notable changes that the latest versions of Microsoft Office have received is the presence of a toolbar called Ribbon that uses a system in the form of tabs and uses highly visual icons to access the different options of the programs . Despite this visual appeal, not all users have welcomed this new bar with joy; in fact, it has received a lot of criticism from users who think that the placement of the different options is confusing and not very accessible. We teach you how to customize your own taskbar for programs like Word and Excel .

Although getting to the configuration of the toolbar is simple, it is necessary to note that it will likely take a while to find the desired customization due to the large number of commands that exist . Given this warning, the customization of the Ribbon bar is independent in each program. Changes made in Word will not appear in Excel or Powerpoint, and vice versa. Once inside the application, we right-click on the toolbar and choose the option "customize the ribbon". A window will appear with two lists, one for the various commands that we can use and the other with the list of tabs and commands used that we already have on the bar.

Office toolbar

When it comes to customizing the Ribbon interface , we can choose to retouch the existing tabs or decide to create new tabs . To do this, we click on the option "New file". To change the name, just choose the option "Change name" that is under the list or click on the right button on the tab and then again "Change name". Under the new tab will appear a new group, which we can also change the name. We will add as many groups as boxes we want our custom tab or tabs to have. To add new commands we must use the list on the left.

There are several options for classifying these commands. By default, we will have the most used option selected, but we can also see those that are not on the ribbon, all the commands or various views based on the existing tabs. We will navigate through them in search of those that interest us and then, with one of the new groups selected on the right, we click on "Add". In this way we will customize the toolbar.

The various tabs (tabs) on the bar can be placed by selecting and dragging them up or down. Once the customization is finished, there is the option of transferring this configuration to other computers where we use the program. To do this, click on the import or export button and then on "export all configurations". When importing the custom settings (in the same menu) we must bear in mind that the customizations that we could have made will be deleted in the program in which we carry out the import.

In short, a very useful way to improve the ease of use of our Office programs and always have the options we use the most located.