Office 2013 All-in-One For Dummies
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Office 2013 has made customizing programs easier than ever. Whether you’re working in Word 2013, Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013, OneNote 2013, Outlook 2013, Access 2013, or Publisher 2013, you can take advantage of these customization techniques:

  • Quick Access toolbar: Located in the upper-left corner of the screen, the Quick Access toolbar is always there. Why not make it even more useful? To place any button on the toolbar, right-click it and choose Add to Quick Access Toolbar. Or click the Customize Quick Access Toolbar button (it’s located to the right of the Quick Access toolbar) and choose a button on the drop-down list.

  • Ribbon: Running across the top of all Office applications, the Ribbon offers tabs with commands for doing this, that, and the other thing. To customize the Ribbon and make getting to the commands you need that much faster, right-click the Ribbon and choose Customize the Ribbon. You go to the Customize Ribbon tab of the Options dialog box. From there, you can move tabs and groups on the ribbon, create your own tabs, and create your own groups.

  • Status bar: The status bar along the bottom of the screen gives you information about the file you’re working on. Maybe you want more information or you think the status bar is too crowded. To change what’s on the status bar, right-click it and select desired options on the pop-up menu that appears.

  • Changing the background and color theme: Office 2013 offers several ways to dress up Excel, Outlook, Access, OneNote, Word, Publisher, and PowerPoint. To change the background color or choose a different theme, start on the File tab, choose Options, and select the General category in the Options dialog box. Then open the Office Background and Office Theme drop-down lists and make choices.

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Peter Weverka is a veteran technology author with several For Dummies titles to his credit, including multiple editions of Office All-in-One For Dummies. He's also written books on Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, Quicken, and Internet tools.

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