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    Larger icons in Office 2010?

    At work we just got new computers with Win7 and Office 2010 (after living happily for many, many years with XP and 2003).

    The icons in the top row, to save, print, etc., are quite small for us 50-plussers, and I haven't been able to find a way to enlarge them within Office 2010. Is there an undocumented way to do this?

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    It appearss the only way to do this is through the Control Panel, Ease of Access. This will change not only the Quick Launch icon size, but the whole Window. You can move the Quick Launch bar below the ribbon if that would help. If you right click on the Quick Launch bar there is an option to display below the ribbon.
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    Unfortunately, the Quick Access Toolbar icon size can NOT be changed. See Customize the quick access toolbar.

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    Thanks for the replies.

    Since the Quick Access Toolbar icon size can not be changed, is it possible to create icons on the ribbon for functions such as save, print, print preview, etc.?

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    You can customize the ribbon but that is a per application thing. Go to File | Options | Customize Ribbon. You can add or remove sections, add or remove commands from sections.

    See Making the ribbon mine for more details.

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    I think the theory is that everything you could possibly want is or can be made readily available from the ribbons, which frankly are gigantic. The Quick Launch icons are for those who haven't learned or customized the ribbon, but if you learn and customize the ribbons, you won't need Quick Launch at all. Everything is in the ribbon, and it is designed to have the most-used functions most readily available, and to be customizable on top of that. You may find the text for the tabs a little small, and flyout arrows in the bottom right of ribbon sections are also hard to see but that's more a matter of overlooking them - once you know where they are you know where to click without a need to see the tiny icon.

    HERE is a root page for Microsoft's own extensive coverage of matters relating to the ribbon.
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    Thanks!

    Thanks! Will try this out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogberry View Post
    Everything is in the ribbon
    There are many functions that I use which are not available in the ribbon, hence the need to cutomise the toolbar. I would recommend that people who have trouble adapting to Office ribbons simply hide the ribbon and produce a customised toolbar...assuming that they are able to see the small icons.

    Otherwise there are one or two add-ons that can be purchased that provide Office 2003 icons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jefnl View Post
    At work we just got new computers with Win7 and Office 2010 (after living happily for many, many years with XP and 2003).

    The icons in the top row, to save, print, etc., are quite small for us 50-plussers, and I haven't been able to find a way to enlarge them within Office 2010. Is there an undocumented way to do this?

    Thanks.

    J
    There is an alternate way, which must be documented somewhere but which I failed to report in my previous reply. I did say that the ribbon is customizable. One means of customizing it is to right-click anywhere on the ribbon and you will be given a set of available commands which are identical to the commands available to be allocated to the Quick Launch location. You can put any of exactly the same commands right on the ribbon itself.

    As I understand it, the design of the ribbon was the result of usage studies that provided the most-used commands, and made all such commands no more than two mouse clicks away (or something of the sort - I'm flying on memory for that). I shoudl also point to a recent post in The Lounge 'Customized Ribbons for Office 2010' that I don't know how to link to but that is in 'General Productivity' along with this (Joe P, Jun. 22).

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    Here's a link to the thread mentioned in post #10 - http://windowssecrets.com/forums/sho...l=1#post806942.

    When viewing a thread all you need do to capture the link is right click on the post number and select "copy shortcut".

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    Go into My Computer - Open Control Panel - Click onto Display - Click onto Medium or Large (whichever you prefer). We are using Large. This is especially good for someone who uses the Quick Access Ribbon.

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