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  1. #1
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    How can you customize the toolbar to show only the icons you want without having to move into each tab (e.g.: Table / Layout /Design, etc. to just one toolbar with fonts, format copy, etc.

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    To customize the Ribbon requires knowledge of XML - see for example A Step by Step Guide to Customizing the Office 2007 Ribbon.

    There's a third-party tool that provides a user-friendly interface for customizing the ribbon: RibbonCustomizer™; it comes in a free starter version and a more extensive paid version. I've heard complaints that the author doesn't support it any more, so try it at your own risk.

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    What a lot of people do is move the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) below the Ribbon, where it expands into a full-sized toolbar. If you right-click the QAT after moving it and then click Customize, you can add icons for the features you use most often. (Change the drop-down at the top left side of Word Options to "All" rather than "Popular," then scroll through the long list to find the features you want and click Add, then OK out.)

    Unfortunately, the QAT can't be expanded to more than a single row. Maybe in Word 2010?


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    For anyone interested in learning how to customize the Office 2007 Ribbon themselves, probably the best learning resource available is the book: RibbonX - Customizing the Office 2007 Ribbon, by Robert Martin, Ken Puls and Teresa Hennig, published by Wiley. The book walks you through practical examples in Word, Excel and Access, and the authors did a great job in making learning the process of customizing the Ribbon surprisingly clear.

    The most helpful prerequisite is a good grounding in VBA programming (particularly working with commandbar and userform controls, as there are parallels with these in the Ribbon controls). There are also parallels with the way HTML controls are programmed. The basics of XML can be picked up in about 15 minutes, particularly if you have some familiarity with HTML.

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